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KJ McDaniels fractured his wrist in the game last night and could be lost for the season.
Today the Rockets had an optional practice but everybody showed up. Team mostly viewed film.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey: "We have big goals this year and getting ourselves in the right position was step one."
Obviously, McDaniels was not likely to play in the post-season. But it is remarkable. Rockets with injuries from the second to last games.
The beat goes on. Rockets w/ another injury in season-finale. K.J. McDaniels injured his wrist. Likely fractured. Likely out for playoffs.
My niece says wutup to her ol' pal Bucky the Beaver. She just got back from Taiwan and Japan! http://t.co/RAImOkTfKY
Bovada puts Rockets championship odds at 16/1, sixth most likely. Cavs, Warriors (11/5) listed as favorites followed by Spurs, Hawks, Bulls.
Dallas-Houston season series was kind of close. In four games Rockets outscored Dallas 402 to 398.
ESPN will do Games 1 and 3 of Rockets-Mavs.
With Pels' win, their 1st round pick (to Rockets) will be 18th pick of the draft. Last time Rockets had the 18th pick took Terrence Jones.
This is the banner the Rockets list the number of division titles on. http://t.co/InI40QmtA7
ESPN to broadcast Saturday's Rockets-Mavs Game 1. ESPN, TNT will rotate first 4 games. If there's a Game 7, on TNT.
Game 1 Rockets-Mavs is Saturday 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.
Game 2 will be Tuesday at 8:30 in Houston. Games 3 and 4 in Dallas are on Friday and Sunday of next week.
The rest of the Rockets-Mavs series, if necessary, will be every other day with times TBD.
Rockets-Mavs series: Game 1: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Game 2 – Tuesday, 8:30 Game 3 – Friday, 6 p.m. Game 4 – Sunday, 8:30.
Game 1 between Rockets and Mavericks will be Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Houston.
Dwight Howard on Chandler Parson: He's the enemy and we're still going to be friends and we're still going to kick it in the summer."
SW Division is 4th w/ every team in playoffs since 16-team playoff began in 83-84. Others, 05-06 Central; 85-86 Midwest; 83-84 Atlantic.
Dwight Howard: We want to win a championship, that's the goal.
James Harden on Dallas: "They're a really good team with a high powered offense. It's going to be a series of where we can get stops."
Memphis gets 5th seed. San Antonio 6th. Road to WCF for Rockets could be pure Texas: If they advance, will play winner of Spurs-Clippers.
Kevin McHale: "We came out and had good juice."
James Harden: “We had a lot of adversity this season. We didn’t back down from anything. We kept fighting."
Dwight: "We want to win the championship. You can have a great regular season, but the most important thing is what you do in the playoffs."
Jason Terry on playing the Mavericks in first round: “It’s going to be a phenomenal series for anyone that is a basketball fan."
Rockets get the second seed with the Spurs loss- Rockets will face in-state rival Dallas in the first round of the playoffs.
Rockets switch the New Orleans-San Antonio game on to the big screen. Pels up 8 with 29 seconds left.
Rockets handle business, beat Utah, earn home court advantage for first round.
Harden had 16 points by the way.
Final in Houston: Rockets win 117-91 over Jazz, clinch homeport advantage.
FINAL: Rockets 117, Jazz 91. Rockets finish 56-26, their third-best season ever, and clinch home-court in the 1st round.
Rockets 117, Jazz 91. Rockets 56-26 regular-season third-best in franchise history.
Looks like the Pelicans will hold on. Lead by 7 with 56 seconds left.
This game is so bad, the scouts have left.
Pelicans hanging on, hanging on so far. Lead Spurs by 11 with under 5 minutes left.
James Harden will finish one three-pointer away from tying the franchise record for made triples in a season (Aaron Brooks, 209 in 2009-10).
Gregg Popovich can't resist hacking Rocket centers. He's putting Asik on the line intentionally every time down. 90-83 NO, 6:20 left.
Rockets, by the way, have all four rookies on the floor. Capela replaced Prigioni. Dorsey in at center to provide adult supervision.
Pels lead fading fast. Spurs within five.
Rockets fillling the floor with rookies. Papanikolaou, Johnson and McDaniels in, likely for the last time until Las Vegas.
The Spurs were down by 20+. They are now within five, 8:00 left in the game.
Spurs within 7 with 8 minutes left...
The Rockets lead, 98-68. The Jazz have never led.
Spurs refuse to go away, cut into the Pelicans lead to single digits.
Rockets up 93-60 after 3. Had led by 39. Pels, however, fading fast in New Orleans. Spurs within eight.
Unless the Rockets get outscored by 34 points in the fourth quarter, they can start prepping to host Game 1 this weekend.
Harden finished with a triple-double. 16 Pts, 11 Rebs., 10 assts,. Fourth time this season.
TRIPLE-DOUBLE for Harden: 16 pts, 11 reb, 10 asts. It's his 4th of the year, tying him with Hakeem Olajuwon for franchise high in a season.
Standing O with MVP chant as Harden leaves with 1:38 left in 3.
Nick Johnson in for James Harden who leaves to a standing ovation.
It's so bad here Joey Dorsey is about to check in and I doubt if Howard and Harden will play in the fourth.
Rockets are flat out taking care of their business tonight.
Harden has his triple double. Should be done for the night soon. Has 16p, 11r, 10a with 1:38 left in third, Rockets up 27.
Triple-double for Harden - 16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists
New Orleans is up by 11 points over the Spurs as the two teams head to the fourth quarter. You have to think it will be close in the end.
Grant Jerrett in for the Jazz, proving Grant Jerrett is not a NASCAR driver.
Harden closing in on a triple down, but with Rockets up 35 midway through third, he might not be getting much more time.
I don't think James Harden cares about the scoring title, so much.
Spurs back to within 12...
At halftime, the Jazz have one more point than Russell Westbrook has in the first half against the Timberwolves.
Rockets with 11 blocks. The season high is 13.
Rockets have not won a division championship since 1993-94. They remember that season fondly for other reasons.