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April 24, 2014 Updates

So if not New York, what landing spot did Robertson see fit for ‘Melo? “If he goes to Houston, they’re gonna win everything,” Robertson said. “You look at LeBron, LeBron’s got a great game, Durant’s got a great game – they can’t out-shoot Carmelo.” SiriusXM

Suddenly, the NBA’s fifth-leading scorer in the regular season (25.4 points per game) has become a major concern for the Rockets, who find themselves in a 2-0 series deficit after two home losses. When a reporter from a national organization asked him about his struggles, he got short. “It’s basketball – making shots,” Harden said before moving onto the next question. But when his media session in the Rockets opulent locker room ended, Harden went back at the reporter, asking if he had ever seen a player not play well before. The reporter answered that the struggle seemed unusual for Harden and was coming on a major stage, the playoffs. Oregonian

The two went back and forth for a while, with Harden asking the reporter if he’d ever seen a basketball game before, then demanding to know whom the reporter was. The exchange got testy enough that team officials stepped in to usher Harden out. Oregonian

April 23, 2014 Updates

With Rockets guard Pat Beverley returning on Wednesday from the sprained right knee he suffered in Game 1, his agent Kevin Bradbury said the injury had no relation to his torn knee cartilage March 27 and that Beverley was in no greater danger of further injury by playing again on Wednesday. Beverley was helped off the court on Sunday after he ran into a screen set by Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge fouled out on the play and Beverley fouled out less than a minute later. “The other night, he hyper-extended that thing and banged it on the ground,” Bradbury said. “That will cause lots of pain, but there was no swelling. It calmed down. If a doctor tells me there is a chance he can do something more to himself, it’s a tough spot to be in, but you have to make the best decision for the kid’s future.” Houston Chronicle

Bradbury said that he had a surgery scheduled for Beverley on March 31 in the days following his cartilage tear, but Dr. James Andrews said after reviewing two sets of MRI results that he would not recommend surgery. Had surgery repaired the cartilage, Beverley would have been out for the season. Had a torn piece of cartilage been removed, Beverley would be just returning now. Instead, he missed eight games and played in the final three of the regular season. “The debris (from the initial injury) is gone,” Bradbury said. “It’s smooth. Dr. Andrews said ‘I would not recommend doing anything on this even if it was the off-season.’ He was cleared medically to play. You are not going to re-tear it. That piece of meniscus is gone. It’s not coming back and getting torn again. It’s gone. “ Usually, a meniscus tear has varying degrees of fraying on the edges. Bradbury, who also represents former Rockets forward Chase Budinger who had the surgery and a subsequent surgery for a meniscus tear, said Beverly’s tear was a clean, straight line. Houston Chronicle

He not short of any confidence when it comes to his small forward matchup with Nicolas Batum, who is a more established player. Batum may have the experience, but according to Parsons, he’s the best small forward in this series. “100 percent, I’m the best,” Parsons told CSNNW.com without hesitation. CSNNW.com

Charges against NBA star Terrence Jones were dropped after he was accused last July of stomping on a sleeping homeless man in Portland. Jones, a Jefferson High School graduate and current NBA forward with the Houston Rockets, was arrested in connection with the incident on Wednesday, July 31. kgw.com

Jones must pay $10,000 to a charitable organization that benefits the homeless, as designated by the alleged victim's lawyer, according to the compromise obtained by The Oregonian Tuesday. "I'm pleased to say that we were able to resolve the underlying dispute to everyone's satisfaction,'' said attorney James E. McCandlish, who represented the victim in the case. Oregonian

April 22, 2014 Updates

Asik, however, said defending Aldridge is the top priority and that if he is back on him the plan will be to battle him better before Aldridge catches the ball, rather than after he is going up for his shot. “The first thing is to stop LaMarcus Aldridge,” Asik said. “He killed us almost last game and going into this game, we have to do our best to help him stop a little bit more. “I wasn’t able to do much because I wasn’t able to play much. I always try to make it hard on him before he catches the ball, to make him maybe tired before he gets the ball. He is one of the best power forwards in the league. It’s hard to guard him but we will try our best.” Houston Chronicle

After losing on his home court in Game 1, Dwight Howard has a thought as to how the Houston Rockets can turn the tables on LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers in their opening-round playoff series. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." ESPN.com

April 21, 2014 Updates
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