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Free agent forward Josh Smith to sign with the Rockets a person with knowledge of the decision said.
McHale was also happy to see a 6-9, lefthanded PF working out today. Terrence Jones. Who did you think? (He was on an alter-G treadmill.)
McHale said extension talk took about two hours. He called Alexander last night to thank him, but said was not worried
Very excited about Coach McHale's extension. He is the winningest coach in Rockets history and knows what it takes to win championships
One more from Alexander: "Players love him. He has that rare ability to be straight-forward, honest and tough. Almost nobody can do that."
Alexander continued: "He is a no-nonsense guy with the least ego of anybody I’ve ever met. We thought he’d be great long-term."
Rockets owner Leslie Alexander on McHale: "We didn’t want anybody else going after him. We think he’s an integral part of the organization."
With a 3-year extension McHale , would be the longest serving coach under Leslie Alexander since Rudy Tomjanovich.
Rockets coach Kevin McHale to receive a 3-year extension, source confirms.
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In case you missed his playoff dagger against Rockets in May. Damian Lillard just showed OKC a replay.
McHale called Brewer a “breath of fresh air.” “He plays without agenda,” he said.
Corey Brewer on playing with James Harden: "It’s great to be on his team. I would much rather be on his team than the opposite side."
Corey Brewer said he didn’t expect his transition to Rockets to be so easy, “But you get out there with these guys, and they make it easy."
Howard also said the couple of days of rest (Rockets are practicing but don’t play till Friday) is like a “Christmas gift” for the old guys.
Howard said he would like to see he and his teammates be “man enough” to tell coach when they need to come out of the game to take a break.
Dwight Howard said there were several injuries this season on Rockets that came simply from fatigue.
Zach Randolph and Tony Allen listed as questionable for Friday vs. Rockets.
Hey Red Nation! How's everyone's day going?
Dwight wouldn't share Josh Smith's response- said we would have to wait and see.
Dwight Howard said he has been in Josh Smith's ear a little bit already. Said he would love to see his old friend in Houston.
Dwight Howard continued: "A guy like him and myself in the paint, it would be tough for guys to get in there and try to score.”
ICYMI, Dwight Howard on his buddy, soon to be free agent Josh Smith: "“He would be a good piece. He would fit right in. ..."
Harden, however, said it was not about last year. "“Last year? Nah, what happened the last two games. Last year, we can't control that."
Dwight: "It was a big weight off (Harden's) back because of what happened in the playoffs against Portland. Tonight he just destroyed them.”
McHale very clear both Brewer, Shved "will be in our rotation." Brewer obviously, but I'm a little surprised on Shved so soon.
Brewer: "Everyone played free and together. I've been a tm the last couple yrs where if you miss that 1st 1 it's tough to shoot the next 1."
Damian Lillard: "(Rockets) are an improved team. They have Brewer and Ariza, who bring a lot of energy... That makes them a lot better."
Corey Brewer after first night as a Rocket: "That is why they brought me here. I bring energy. I come off the bench and that’s what I do."
Harden said it's like Brewer is "off the leash now," free to play his game. "That's what we need, kind of instant energy off the bench."
ROCKETS WIN! Happy holidays Red Nation!
McHale on Harden: "Needless to say, he played wonderfully."
FINAL: Rockets 110, Blazers 95. Harden goes bonkers (44p-7a-5stl), Brewer (12p-4a-5stl) debuts strong and Houston ends their skid.
Harden missed a 3-pointer for his career high. That'll do it. He checks out with 3:57 left, Rockets up 21. Harden had 44p, 7a, 5 steals.
Interesting that Joey Dorsey moved ahead of Tarik Black in Rockets' rotation. Rockets hope to have to move someone soon to add Josh Smith.
Harden tacks on a step-back, one-legged Dirk jumper . Has matched his season-high with 44.
Blazers cut lead to 16 with 6 1/2 left. Harden return to the game with 42 points in 31 mins. Beverley back with Lillard checking in.
Trail Blazers put Lillard back in and right after, Beverley and Harden check back in.
Harden's coming back in.
Harden might not get back in. Rockets up 19 with 8 1/2 left. He already has his NBA-high third 40-point game and NBA-high 10th 10 ft game.
Rockets season-high in steals in a game is 5 (Joey Dorsey). Both James Harden and Corey Brewer have that many each tonight.
Nice touch, by the way, playing Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" after the Terry announcement.
Reggie Miller and Ray Allen are only other two players to reach 2,000 career 3-pointers.
Standing ovation for Jason Terry on announcement that he is third NBA player ever with 2,000 3-pointers. (Not all tonight.)
Jason Terry gets a standing ovation as they announce that three was the 2000th of his career, only third player in NBA history w/ that many.
Jason Terry is now just the third player in NBA history to hit 2,000 three-pointers in his career.
Brewer with 5 steals in 16 minutes in his 1st game with Rockets and a swat of a Lillard drive. Hhope I can work Harden into my game story.
Heading to the fourth quarter, Rockets lead 96-76 over Trail Blazers.
Brewer with his fifth steal of the night, then finds Jason Terry for a 26-foot bomb. 96-76 Rockets through three.
Papanikolaou has been a fine addition, but he is not making team that traded him have any regrets tonight. Then again neither has Robinson.
Make that five steals for Corey Brewer.
This is the third 40+ point performance of season for Harden (leads the NBA). It's the 8th 40+ point night of his career.
42 points for James Harden after he just hit his fourth 3-pointer. It’s not even the fourth quarter yet.
After a 14-3 Blazers run cut Houston's lead to 14, Rockets bump it back up to 21. Harden's got FORTY-TWO.
Beverley just picked up his fourth foul.
Rockets always have one quarter where they let up. It’s this one tonight.
Rockets holding onto a lead despite a small Blazers run. Rox still lead by 14 with 4:58 to play in the 3rd.
Harden tonight is simply bananas.
Matthews hit with a flagrant-1 foul on Motiejunas.
Wesley Matthews with a tackle so good Arian Foster looked impressed. Actually, he did not change expressions, but he might be impressed.
Blazers completely swarming to Harden off the dribble to start the second half. Guess I could have assumed that before they did.
In addition to his 31-point half, Harden has a season-high five steals, two shy of his career high, and five assists.
Harden came within six points of Vernon Maxwell's franchise record for points in a half. On pace to top Calvin's record for a game, 57.
Rockets up 73-53 at half. Their previous most points in a half was 62. In the opener. And that was against the Lakers so it barely counts.
If James Harden is on your fantasy team, you are going to win tonight.
Rockets lead Trail Blazers 73-53 at halftime.