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Jeremy Lin with a long, long shooting drill. Getting close to a week if day-to-days?
Good morning world
On that Rockets defense comment, they are ninth in points allowed per possession despite giving up league high off turnovers.
Rockets defense can go either way. It's generally pretty good, especially given turnovers that help other teams, but incredibly unreliable.
Late, great Chuck Daly said it takes 20 games to know a team. Not sure we know Rockets yet. Offense will be fine, but turnovers a killer.
Dwight Howard took just three shots in the second half. When there is no ball movement, no body movement, centers can be left out.
Harden's 0 for 10 3-point shooting the most missed 3s without making one for a Rockets player since 85-86 when started keeping such records.
Dwight Howard: "It has to be important for guys to come out and play the same way every night." Apparently, it's not.
James Harden was not in locker room when it opened. He said to team employees, "We have 82 games so it's going to happen."
Rockets lost. They have more games. Meanwhile, still shocked about Sriracha. Need to stockpile IMMEDIATELY.
Rockets 88 points, 35.2 FG% both season lows.
Rockets drop their second straight, falling 97-88 to Phoenix. Houston 9-31 from 3 (Harden 0-10), and turn it over 23 times. Bad combo.
Suns 97, Rockets 88, ending Rockets 6-game home winning streak and giving them their first losing streak of the season.
FINAL: Suns 97, Rockets 88. Bad loss, 2nd straight for Rockets. Possibly Harden's worst game as a Rocket: 3-17 FG, 0-10 3P, 5 turnovers.
Marcus Morris seemed to end this with a three, but a Beverley triple is keeping a slim hope alive. 93-86 Phoenix, 57.8 ticks left.
Well that won't help the comeback bid. Former Rocket Marcus Morris drains corner 3 of his own and that is likely the dagger.
Marcus Morris nails a 3 and reaaaaally seemed to enjoy it. That'll do it.
Brooks has gone 7 of 18, not great, but Rockets leading scorer with 17.
Good call, James. Passed up 3 (he's 0-9 from deep tonight) of his own to feed AB in the corner. Bingo. What do you know? 6-pt game,1:49 left
Still a game. Beverley makes both free throws, Tucker misses and a Brooks 3 cuts lead to 6, 1:49 left. This would really be stealing one.
Aaron Brooks hits a three out of the corner and Phoenix calls timeout. Rockets have cut this to 88-82, 1:49 left. Fans remaining back in it.
Rockets made a run during the time out. Bledsoe jumper overturned. Suns up 11, 2:22 left with Beverley headed to line.
Rockets need a miracle now. Beverley heading to line with HOU down 11, 2:22 to go. 23 TOs, 7-28 from 3 not exactly a winning combo.
Fans now head for the exits as Marcus Morris makes it a 15-0 run with a free throw. 90-74 Suns, 2:50 left.
Harden still firing away. He's 0 for 9 on 3s. Rockets down 16. Fire drill at Toyota Center. Time to clear benches.
Bet anything Bledsoe bucket won't count. Looked like it was after shot clock buzzer had sounded. HOU still in dire straights, tho, down 12
Suns answer Rockets run with nine straight points, lead by 10 with 4 1/2 left. That likely will do it. Rockets still looked discombobulated.
James Harden is now 3-15 and 0-8 from three. 1 assist, 5 turnovers. Terrible game for him. Suns' run is now 9-0 after a Dragic triple.
My friends are already talking about stalking up on Sriracha ASAP.
Much like Utah game, Rockets keep rallying, Suns keep fighting them off. 10-0 HOU run to start 4Q, but 6 straight from Suns has them up 7.
Frustrating. Rockets pulled within one, but a 6-0 Suns run has McHale calling timeout. Rockets down 7, 5:32 left.
Rockets start fourth on 8-0 run, cut lead to 4. They could steal this one if they take care of ball long enough.
8-0 Rockets run to start 4th making this interesting again. Rockets within 73-69, 8:39 left in the game.
20 offensive rebounds for HOU tonight. Their board work on that end literally saving their bacon tonight. Rockets back within 6.
Again, this is NBA's top scoring, second-rated offensive team struggling to score. Usual turnovers are a killer on shooting night like this.
Beverley w/ 2 outstanding plays to begin 4Q. Terrific hustle on off. rebound to set up Casspi, then hits runner. HOU needs much more of that
Suns 73, Rockets 61 after 3. Rockets wasted comeback from down 14 to within 2. Long way to come back to avoid first losing streak of season.
Rockets got within 3 but Suns close strong to take 12-pt lead to 4Q. 7 more HOU TOs in 3Q. Harden 3/14, 0-7 from 3, and just 4 free throws.
All that good work in the third got wiped out in a hurry. Suns close the final 1:58 of the quarter on a 10-0 run. 73-61 PHX heading to 4th.
Harden tries another 3 to chase a two-for-one finish to quarter. Misses. He's 0 for 7 on 3s. Suns on 10-0 run since Rockets cut it to 2.
Rockets getting offense back to normal in 2nd half, cut lead to as few as 2. But their normal includes gobs of TOs. Up to 18, 6 in 3rd.
After going 2-13 from three in the first half, the Rockets are 3-5 from long range here in the third. 66-61 Suns, 1:44 left 3Q.
Stan Van Gundy used to talk about way Dwight was officiated, just as every Yao, every Shaq coach had. They're right, but then, that's life.
Don't think that was much contact, but I know that is contact players can do against Dwight types men all night without ever getting a call.
Dwight called for an offensive and Kevin McHale hit with a T for disagreeing at midcourt. His first this season.
And just like that, with Rockets switching on screens, Dwight ends up on Dragic who nails a 3.
Hornacek puts Gerald Green in at 4. That puts Dwight on Frye, and out of the lane defensively.
Move to smaller lineup to get energy, match up better showing some good signs, though Brooks just 3 of 9.
Rockets make a bit of a move, with 8-0 run cutting lead to five. Still struggling, but more energy . Suns 1 of 7, 3 tos to open half.
8-2 run to start 3Q as now Suns stuck in deep freeze. PHZ 1-7 from field, 3 TOs to start second half. Rockets within 5.
Finally, here come the Rockets. 8-0 Rockets run forces Phoenix into a timeout. 53-48 Suns, 7:55 3Q.
Rockets going small to start second half. AB and Beverley backcourt, along with Harden, Casspi and Howard.
Aaron Brooks, Omri Casspi start second half as Rockets try to go small. Open with air-balled drive, 2 turnovers.
No Terrence Jones or Cisco to start the third quarter. Brooks and Casspi take their place.
Rockets very slow to return from locker room for second half. It's almost as if there is a lot to talk about.
HOU down 51-40 at half. Very fortunate to only be down 11. Good work by Dwight and AB; not much from anyone else. Missing Parsons/Lin badly.
Rockets 29.8 % shooting in first half by far worst of season. Suns lead 51-40. Rockets 2 of 13 on 3s with 12 turnovers leading to 20 points.
At half, Rockets down 51-40. Rockets' top-ranked offense in a complete stall: 30% FG, just 2-13 from 3P, 12 turnovers. Dwight 12p, 8r.
Wow. Suns ruined 2-for-1 opportunity, then Harden gets fouled on a 3 by Tucker, who just picked up his 3rd. BIG break for Rockets.
Rockets will have to hurry if they're trying to have more turnovers than FGs at the half. Havs 12 tos, 14 FGs.
Suns lead NBA averaging nearly 20 fast break points per game. They've got 17 late 2Q. 20 PHX points off 11 HOU turnovers. Suns up 14.
Starting to hear some boos as the Suns build a 51-37 lead. Rockets shooting 30%, 15% 3P, 11 turnovers.
After consecutive Rockets turnovers lead to consecutive Suns layups, Suns up 14 and there were a few boos from upper deck. Rockets 11 tos.
No Lin. No Parsons. No Harden? He's 1 of 8 for 3p, with 1 assist. Rockets not built to win without those guys.
Full credit to Tucker for D but shocked Harden struggling to find groove. Figured Suns' extended D/lack of rim protection = big game for JH.
Rockets getting toasted, down 13. Suns getting open looks most possessions. Rockets have to take ball to rim, but 2 of 3 drivers are out.
P.J. Tucker 9 pts, 4-5 shooting. Harden 3 pts, 1-7 shooting. Related: Phoenix w/ biggest lead of night, up 47-34, 2:56 before halftime.
Feels like the Rockets are getting absolutely dominated. Harden invisible tonight. Suns are up 13, 2:56 left in the half.
Harden, Beverley, Garcia a combined 2 of 16. Not getting good shots, other than 3s their missing.
Suns keeping Tucker on Harden at all times. Harden returns and Tucker jumps up to join him.
Rox 3-pt drought ends after 0-8 start. AB (who else?) w/ the honors. HOU, meanwhile, still owning offensive glass, grabbing 44% of misses.
Rockets finally have their first 3. Brooks hits after eight consecutive Rockets misses to open game.
Aaron Brooks mercifully hits a three, ending the drought of 8 straight misses beyond the arc. 29-23 Suns.
Rocky 1Q for HOU. 0-7 from 3, offense out of sync again sans Parsons. Offensive rebounding helped them keep it within 5 heading to 2Q.
Rockets have dominated first quarter in home winning streak, but shoot a season-worst 29.6 %, trail 25-20 after 1.
Rockets down 25-20 after one. Rough shooting quarter for Rockets as they shoot just 30% from the field, go 0-7 from long range.
D-Mo trying to give his team much-needed spark. Just ripped ball away from Gerald Green, prompting a shove & a T on GG.
Bizarre T on Gerald Green. Lost the ball to Motiejunas so he fouled him, then threw a forearm for no apparent reason.
Last 5 homes games, HOU shooting better than 50% from 3. But 0-6 so far tonight. PHX opponents average 4th lowest hit rate from beyond arc.
Rockets rely heavily on 3s, goes into strength of the Suns defense. Rockets 9 for 6 on 3s, shooting 29.2 %. Miss Lin, Parsons off dribble.
Tucker terrific defensively, but Harden has not been involved offensively. Has 2 shots in 9 1/2 minutes. Needs to drive on extended Suns D.
Suns are clearly focusing on taking away the three from Rockets (0-5 3P). Could be a big game for Dwight (9p, 6r). 20-17 Suns, 2:27 1Q.
D12 off to strong start w/ 9 pts, 6 rebs (4 on offensive end). Has scored 15 or fewer in last 6 games. Might top that by halftime tonight.
AB checks in. Last 3 homes games averaging more than 20 points, five assists and shooting better than 64% from the field and 72% from 3
Rockets second in NBA in FG %, making 48.8 %, but off to a 5 of 18 start.
Rockets dominating offensive glass; just 4-16 from field but have corralled 7 of those misses. 12-all midway through 2Q.
Rockets streak of not trailing at any point in the last 5 home games ends as Suns take a 4-2 lead.
Rockets trail 4-2, first time they have trailed in a home game since Nov. 11, ending run of five straight start-to-finish home wins.
With all the suits on Rockets bench -- Asik, Lin, Parsons, Smith -- it looks like a Jos. A. Bank commercial.
Even more empty seats than usual just before tip at Toyota Center. The sellout streak -- every game this season -- could be in trouble.
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