Jonathan Feigen

Meyers Leonard in warmups hit just about every 3 he put up. Hits his 1st in game. I'd guess Rockets spent more time preparing for Aldridge.

Howard Chen

Corey Brewer was pretty excited before this game started for his #Rockets debut: houston.cbslocal.com/2014/12/22/bre… #RedNation

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets/ Trail Blazers about to tip off for first time since Game 6. Toyota Center crowd already into this one.

Howard Chen

#RedNation greets Damian Lillard warmly with loud boos lol

Jonathan Feigen

Some boos for Damian Lillard. How dare he make a series-clinching shot? Bet he regrets it, now.

Jenny Dial Creech

Healthy boos for Lillard by the Rockets crowd.

Jenny Dial Creech

As I said earlier, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and James Harden, who were all probable, are starting tonight as well.

Jenny Dial Creech

Meyers Leonard will start for LaMarcus Aldridge tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Joel Freeland has been starting for the Blazers with Lopez out. Dwight Howard fouled out of Gm 1 against Freeland on call the NBA corrected.

Jonathan Feigen

Myers Leonard starting for Blazers with Aldridge out.

Howard Chen

No matter who the #Rockets play, the beats always pumpin @ Toyota Center courtesy @DjVerseatile & @DjTGray #RedNation http://t.co/w2EeJ5z62N

Jonathan Feigen

With Aldridge out, Stotts would not name a starter. (TRob?) Blazers will have more starting lineups in past 3 gms than all of last season.

Jenny Dial Creech

Aldridge did not even come to Toyota Center - is sick at the team hotel.

Jenny Dial Creech

LaMarcus Aldridge out against the Rockets tonight.

David Hardisty

Stotts confirms LaMarcus Aldridge is OUT tonight.

Jenny Dial Creech

Trevor Ariza, Dwight Howard and James Harden are all good to go for tonight. So are newcomers Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved.

Howard Chen

Alexey Shved getting ready for his first game with the #Rockets. http://t.co/PemXAMZil5

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets probables - Howard; Harden, Ariza - will play. McHale called Howard's knee 'troublesome. '

David Hardisty

Harden, Howard, Ariza are all playing tonight.

Donatas Motiejunas

Game night! With my father! #Rockets #Pursuit http://t.co/Zty4jj12UM

David Hardisty

Low risk, high reward. Flawed as a star but could fill role here. No-brainer at that $ imo. RT @CheezeyBoy22 @David Hardisty thoughts on Smith?

Jason Terry

The gift of #HolidayHoops can change many young lives. The @DICKS Foundation gave two to @stateofhoops365 of TX. bit.ly/1xsnBwi

Rockets Power Dancers

It's Game Day Houston! Make sure you tune in tonight to see the Rockets beat the Trail Blazers!… instagram.com/p/w64PA8ttsK/

Jenny Dial Creech

Aldridge, who is questionable tonight with a respiratory infection, was named Western Conf. Player of the Week.

Jenny Dial Creech

Portland coach Terry Stotts said Aldridge is truly a game-time decision. Will see how he is feeling just before its starts.

Jonathan Feigen

By the way, while we all keep citing the AAU team that featured Josh Smith and Dwight Howard, friendship continued. Dwight was his best man.

Jonathan Feigen

Also, if @Daryl Morey can sign Smith as a free agent, he would not have to get Kevin McHale anything for Christmas on Thursday.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets went after Smith in 2013 Summer of Dwight, but needed a sign-and-trade could not complete with Atlanta.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets would offer Smith their bi-annual exception, worth $2.077 mil, source said. Would come w good role, good team, good friend (Dwight).

Jonathan Feigen

He will clear. MT @htownwaq: @Jonathan Feigen @VinnyCarwash Double negative has me confused. He will clear waivers, or that he will not

Jenny Dial Creech

LaMarcus Aldridge questionable tonight vs. Rockets with an upper respiratory infection.

Jonathan Feigen

There is no chance he won't. RT @VinnyCarwash: @Jonathan Feigen any chance he actually clears wavers?

Jonathan Feigen

Smith could provided needed depth in frontcourt. Also would add to the Rockets lefty collection (Harden, KPap, Jones, D-Mo, sort of Dwight.)

Jonathan Feigen

Told that yes, the Rockets would be interested in Josh Smith after he clears waivers. Were interested in '13.

Jonathan Feigen

A chance. Have BAE. Jones out indefinitely, but better choice when back. MT @zacharyjnelson: @Jonathan Feigen chances Rockets pick up Smith?

Jenny Dial Creech

New Rocket Corey Brewer is ready to go tonight. He said he feels like he has picked up Houston system well so far.

David Hardisty

Whoa. RT @Marc J. Spears: The Pistons announce that they have waived Josh Smith. Wow.

Jenny Dial Creech

Also James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (shoulder) are also both probable tonight.

Jenny Dial Creech

Trevor Ariza added to the injury list with a sore left calf- he is probable for tonight vs. Portland.

Jason Terry

Gooooooo Hawks!!!!!! sqor.com/posts/1590f29c… http://t.co/Y3EyhKn3XM

Jenny Dial Creech

Pat Beverley said Rockets starters have to come out with a sense of urgency against Portland tomorrow. “We have to start the game right."

Jenny Dial Creech

Pat Beverley said the Rockets still have a sour taste in their mouth from last year's playoff loss to the Trail Blazers.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets coach Kevin McHale said he didn't even mention Portland today. The Rockets had a long practice that was all about them.

Jonathan Feigen

No timetable. Last I checked (Wed) was "strengthening," not running. MT @Jerry15Rod: @Jonathan Feigen what is status of T Jones? Back soon?

Howard Chen

Joe Flacco so far: 4 completions to Ravens. 3 completions to #Texans.

Jenny Dial Creech

We use 'probable' and 'questionable' a lot. Probable is 75 % chance a player plays, questionable is 50 %. Doubtful is 25 %. And out is 0 %.

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard has right shoulder strain and is probable for Portland Mon. James Harden has a strained left hamstring and is also probable.

Howard Chen

Johnny Manziel had a better first half than Joe Flacco.

Howard Chen

Arian Foster pointing at the scoreboard. Hahahaah good stuff #Texans

Jonathan Feigen

With Blazers finally back in Houston, an oral history look at .9 and Damian Lillard's knockout shot houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets… via @HoustonChron

Isaiah Canaan

Laying down thinking, just wishing you was here!!

Howard Chen

Ariza on the #Rockets' lack of def intensity to start the game: "That came back to bite us in the butt." cbsloc.al/1JBFoVI #RedNation

Jenny Dial Creech

I am definitely interested to see how Brewer and Shved fit in with Rockets. I will check in on them after practice tomorrow.

Jenny Dial Creech

Newest acquisitions Shved & Brewer join Rockets with optimism aplenty blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Trevor Ariza on Atlanta: “They were doing anything the wanted to in the first half and it came back to bite us in the butt."

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard: "I have total faith in our team and what we are trying to accomplish. We are going to have some rough patches."

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets coach Kevin McHale on the Rockets’ loss to Atlanta: “We had our chances."

Howard Chen

Good news for #Rockets fans: About that hamstring, Harden said after the game he's feeling fine. cbsloc.al/1ziX0lP #RedNation

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets host Portland on Monday night. That will be a very big test. And a tough welcome for the new Rockets.

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard said the Rockets are having a tough stretch but need to stay together and keep battling.

Jenny Dial Creech

BTW, Harden said his hamstring tightened up but that he felt okay after the game. Will keep an eye on it next few days.

Jenny Dial Creech

McHale says Rockets defense was really poor in first half.

David Hardisty

McHale: "Our defense was very poor in the first half. We weren't down in a stance. We weren't ready to play."

Jenny Dial Creech

Harden's 14 assists tonight are a career high. He has had 13 twice.

Jenny Dial Creech

Fourth quarter fouls- Rockets 14, Hawks 5

Jenny Dial Creech

Big Atlanta lead in the first half came back to haunt Rockets tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Yeah, Rockets got a few bad calls, especially the non-push on Dwight. But Hawks shot 51.4 %. Rockets don't win when Rockets don't defend.

Jenny Dial Creech

I’m sitting right where the refs walk off the court. To put it lightly, people were not kind as they were leaving.

Howard Chen

Big win for the Hawks at Toyota Center.

David Hardisty

FINAL: Hawks 104, Rockets 97. Offense still struggling, but defense followed tonight. Tony Brothers led Atlanta with 21 pts, 14 assists.

Jonathan Feigen

You know the way coaches so often say close losses were really decided in 1st half and everyone ignores them? This one was about 1st half.

Jenny Dial Creech

Crowd is hostile over these foul calls. Rightfully so.

Jenny Dial Creech

Really impressed with Beverley’s rebounding tonight. He has seven and none have been easy.

Jenny Dial Creech

Wow… I don’t typically comment on officiating, but… I have some questions on this game.

David Hardisty

There have been some awful calls tonight. I mean AWFUL calls. That Jason Terry three-point play called an offensive foul was terrible.

Howard Chen

Waiting for the make-up call. #RedNation

David Hardisty

Down two with 4:14 left, McHale goes small -- three guard lineup with Ariza playing the four, Howard at center.

Jenny Dial Creech

So poetic :) RT @theGOAPT: Ball. Don't. Lie. It is a spherical object incapable of untruth.

Jenny Dial Creech

This game is being called tight right now. Rockets going to have to be extra careful.

Jenny Dial Creech

Thanks to Rockets PR for that last Jason Terry note.

Jenny Dial Creech

Jason Terry w 11 points including 3-7 3PT FGM. Now just 2 more 3s to reach 2,000 for career (would be just 3rd player in NBA history)

Jenny Dial Creech

6:00 to play - knotted up in Houston. #Rockets 85, #Hawks 85

Jonathan Feigen

Referees, as with many humans, should not be expected to be perfect. RT @daboio: @Jonathan Feigen I mean $10,000

Jenny Dial Creech

Interesting note, Atlanta is one of the league’s best 4th quarter teams, averaging 26.3 points. Ranks third in the league.

David Hardisty

Terry misses a three at the buzzer, but a strong run by Rockets has it tied at 74 heading to the 4th. Harden has a season-high 11 assists.

Howard Chen

Harden in the 1st half: 0-7 Harden so far in the 2nd half: 4-4. This game's now tied after 3. #RedNation

Jenny Dial Creech

Tie game on a James Harden midrange jumper.

Howard Chen

Welcome back, Jason Terry. #Rockets back within 1 after two 3's by the JET. #RedNation

David Hardisty

Rockets making their second push of the third quarter as back-to-back triples by Jason Terry has Houston within one, 70-69, 1:12 3Q.

Jenny Dial Creech

The Jet with two 3s in a row- Rockets within one point and the Toyota Center has come to life.

Jonathan Feigen

Watched the replay of Harden "push" of Antic for a T about 4 times. Really unecessary to do and to call. Antic did not seem to even notice.

David Hardisty

Tony Brothers has locked in on James Harden. He whistled him for two fouls then called him for a ticky-tack technical that has fans irate.