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May 18, 2015 Updates

"I don't think we all came together just to get to the Western Conference finals," Dwight Howard said. "All of us are in pursuit of that ring. We're happy, but none of us are satisfied. We just have that focus about us, and we want to win. It's not going to be easy, and we don't want it to be. We want to fight for it — for what we think is ours." James Harden scored 31 points, Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Rockets never trailed in a 113-100 victory over the Clippers on Sunday to punch their ticket to the conference finals. It's the ninth time in NBA history that a team has overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win a playoff series. USA Today Sports

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said his team has a good chance to beat the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals, which starts Tuesday in Oakland. "They had the most wins in the league," Alexander said after Sunday's series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. "A great shooting team, but we have a competitive fire and a competitive spirit. We have two superstars [Dwight Howard and James Harden]. We play really good defense. We hit the boards. We got a good chance." ESPN.com

May 17, 2015 Updates

Rockets center Dwight Howard leads the NBA in postseason technical fouls with five (seven merits an automatic one-game suspension), has two flagrant fouls and one fine for a hit above the shoulders of Clippers forward Matt Barnes "I get emotional out there," Howard said. "Sometimes, I let the emotions get the best of me. But I just want to win. That's my only goal. "Just smile, keep playing. That's the only way." Houston Chronicle

May 16, 2015 Updates
May 15, 2015 Updates

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been greatly affected by the violence and unrest that engulfed the city of Baltimore. He wants to help the people there recover, and understand that working together is far better than working against each other. Howard's focus right now is helping his team have a successful run in the NBA playoffs. However, when the postseason is over he plans to go to Baltimore, along with two members of the Rockets organization and several entertainers, who are friends of his, to help as much as he can. "Our plan is hopefully to get up there, do whatever we can to motivate and inspire people in general to just want to be better, want to live better, do better," Howard said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. FOX 26 Sports

May 14, 2015 Updates

Mark Berman: Dwight Howard plans trip to Baltimore after playoffs to help city recover: "Not to put on a show 4ourselves,but to let them know we're all 1. Our plan is to get up there,2motivate & inspire people n general" Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

May 11, 2015 Updates

In this video the Rockets’ Howard calmly tells a heckler to join him on the court, which I think is a pretty measured response if the fan’s comments to him (which are conveniently left out of the video) are anything like I imagine them to be. If anything, Howard made the fan’s experience better. For The Win

Rockets forward Josh Smith: "It's a decision that the coach made, and you have to just roll with it. Whatever he decides to do." Howard: "I don't think that was the reason (they lost the game). I don't think it had an effect on the game." For McHale's part, he said that Howard's early foul trouble inspired the move. "We were just trying to see if we could muck up the game a little bit," McHale said. "We didn't. We came back in and we kind of had to play small, so we just thought maybe we could get them out of their rhythm a little bit." USA Today Sports

Just two games after Matt Barnes bumped James Harden and demanded that his mom perform a sexual act using her lips, Matt Barnes is doing Matt Barnes things again. Here he is calling Dwight Howard a word that is also used to name a female dog, during Game 4 of the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets Western Conference Semi-Final… The Big Lead

Arash Markazi: Matt Barnes smiling, shaking his head after that little run-in with Dwight Howard. "He's a b---," he said as Blake Griffin pulls him away. Twitter @ArashMarkazi

May 8, 2015 Updates

DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard are no longer talking -- for now, at least. Before the Clippers played the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, Jordan called Howard to ask for some advice on handling being hacked during games. But now that the Clippers are playing the Houston Rockets in the second round, the centers on both teams aren't quite as chatty. "I'm not going to be fond of someone who I'm elbowing and who's elbowing me for 48 minutes, you know what I mean," Jordan said. Los Angeles Times

When Jordan was a freshman in high school, he met Howard at an NBA Top 50 camp and they became fast friends. "Even to this day we still talk about different things, about games," Jordan said before the second-round series began. "I watch him play, he watches me." The view is a little too close and personal now. "We're in each other's way, and that's all that matters," Jordan said Friday. "He's still a friend of mine. We don't talk now, it's just that time of the year." Regardless of who advances, Jordan thinks the two will recover their friendship in due time. "After the summer, we'll be cool again," Jordan said. Los Angeles Times

May 7, 2015 Updates

Harden scored 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Houston Rockets to a 115-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night that evened their Western Conference semifinal at one game apiece. "I knew my team was battling extremely hard and basically it was up to me to go out there and push us forward," Harden said. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who bounced back from a 117-101 loss in the opener. Game 3 is Friday night in Los Angeles. "We let Game 1 slip away and we didn't want that feeling for Game 2," Harden said. "It's going to be a tough two games in a row, but we've got our mojo now." USA Today Sports

May 6, 2015 Updates

Howard is a fun-loving guy who almost always wears a huge smile and is quick to crack a joke or make up a silly nickname for everyone in his path. So when he realized that people had started to hate him he wasn't quite sure how to deal with it. "Sometimes it hurts," Howard said. "It used to hurt a lot more as I went from this guy that everybody likes to everybody hated me because I wanted to play basketball on another team. And I'm like: 'Hey listen it's really not that serious. If I stopped playing today, your life is going to be the same, my life is going to be the same, it's just I'm not going to be playing basketball. So why should it matter what I decide?'" USA Today Sports

May 4, 2015 Updates

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