Would be surprise at this point if Beverley NOT ruled out for season, since Rockets know surgery is inevitable, but formal word on the way
OKC's next four games are against the Western Conference's current seeds No. 7 (Mavs), 3 (Grizzlies), 2 (Rockets) and 6 (Spurs)
So, if the Grizzlies lose this, the Rockets overtake them for the 2 seed. Grizzlies move right back into a Spurs matchup.
Yes, that was JEFF Green. My fault. In other news, the Spurs lead the visiting Houston Rockets 30-28.
Up to 35 guesses on who is second on Rockets in total blocked shots. No one got it (or cheated).I'm going to call it. K.J. McDaniels.
Anyone know who is second on Rockets in blocked shots? Honor system. No cheating.
Harden does block an occasional shot, but he's third on the Rockets because Howard and Jones have missed more than half of the Rockets gms.
Howard on Harden's late-game block. "I’m surprised he got up there. He’s not known for blocking shots." (Harden 3rd on Rockets in blocks.)
Rockets tied with Memphis for 2nd in West (Griz with tie-breaker) heading into Grizzlies at Spurs tonight. McHale: "I'm looking at Toronto."
Rockets pull off the 99-91 win over Wizards. They play Toronto tomorrow.
Rockets 99, Wizards 91. Houston is 50-23, tied with Memphis for the second-best record in the West. http://t.co/qVZUPsLW8q
Rockets win, 99-91. Move into a tie with Memphis for the No. 2 seed in the West. Memphis is at San Antonio tonight.
FINAL: Rockets 99, Wizards 91. Win number 50 is in the books! Harden 24-6a, Brewer 15p, Smoove 14p-10r. Good min for Prigioni, NJohnson.
Lots of minutes for Nick Johnson today. Good for the Rockets to have him ready and able to to go in this upcoming stretch.
Stat monitor just came on, proving this game is hideous to look at in many ways. Saying Rockets are winning ugly would insult ugly people.
IF, if, the Grizzlies fell to the Spurs today, and the Rockets hold on to beat the Wizards, HOU would take over the 2-seed out West.
Rockets lineup: Johnson, Pablo, Harden, Ariza and Smith.
With momentum going the wrong way, Pablo Prigioni pulls up and nails a three, then he finds Brewer for another three. Rockets back up 85-75.
Wizards have outscored Rockets 17-8 since Porter entered the game in 3Q.
Porter dunk, Sessions layup and it's somehow 76-72. Rockets timeout.
Rockets went 5 of 23 in 3rd, but end quarter with Brewer going coast-to-coast. He's got 12. Dwight starting fourth with 8 min left on limit.
Corey Brewer ends the 3Q with a layup at the buzzer. Rockets up 76-67 after 3.
Wall dives for loose ball, gets it to Porter for a layup and draws Dorsey's 4th foul. Rockets pull Dorsey making Ariza (?) center.
Rockets closing out on Pierce, making him pump fake, take one-, two-dribble jumpers. He takes a seat shooting 1 of 6.
Wall is heating up and the Rockets are missing Patrick Beverley right about now
Wizards on a 7-0 crawl, cut Rockets lead to 8.
Rockets with a 1 of 9 start to second half. Ball movement has slowed badly.
Ensuring we never get a long Wizards-Rockets series is the best reason to keep conferences.
Rockets shot 58.5 percent from the floor in 1half. Wiz shot 37.2.
Rockets had just two buckets in the half that were not in the paint or from the 3-point line. That's one more than in all of Friday's game.
Wizards shot badly -- 16 of 43 -- in the first half, but Rockets also kept them out of the paint. Wiz just 9 of 20 in the paint.
Rockets 59, Wizards 46 at half. Harden w/ a rush late has 14. Smith w/ fast start has 12. Rockets owning paint, 32-18, with most bigs out.
James Harden ends the half by scoring on a drive. Rockets up 59-46.
Beal did everything he could to deny Harden the ball but he gets it anyway, drives, & hits the floater at the buzzer. 59-46 Rockets at half.