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March 4, 2015 Updates

The interplay between Smith and the Philips Arena crowd was lively throughout the night. Smith, an Atlanta native who played his first nine NBA seasons with the Hawks, was booed loudly whenever he touched the ball. The catcalls grew louder in the third quarter, after Smith drained a 3-pointer that rattled around the rim several times before dropping in. Smith then shushed the crowd by placing his finger over his lips as the Hawks called timeout. "I mean, those fans are fickle, very fickle and bandwagoners," Smith said. "It really doesn't mean anything to me." ESPN.com

“There were a lot of questionable calls down the stretch that dictated the outcome of the game, but we have been in situations where we had to fight through adversity before and you know, we just fell short tonight,” Smith said. Houston Chronicle

“It was chippy and that was what really got us going,” DeMarre Carroll said. “If they were quiet and just did what they did, they wouldn’t have woke up Jeff Teague, they wouldn’t have woke up myself, they wouldn’t have woke up Paul (Millsap). I think that’s when it got chippy and Josh Smith was doing all this.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 3, 2015 Updates
March 2, 2015 Updates

NBA Communications: HOU’s Harden suspended one game w/o pay for kicking CLE’s James during game on March 1. Link: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/originals/2015/03/02/james-harden-kick-0302.nba/ Twitter

The Rockets apparently are feeling a little chipper both during and after their 105-103 overtime win against the Cavaliers on Sunday in Houston. First, the Rockets' James Harden delivered a kick to the groin of LeBron James after a scuffle for the ball in the third quarter. Harden received a flagrant 1 foul but stayed in the game and finished with 33 points. That certainly didn't sit well with James and he says he believes the NBA will review the call. "Obviously that's not a basketball play," James said afterward. "Obviously, the league will probably take a look at it. I have no idea why he would do that, but two competitors just trying to go at it and he won this one." Cleveland Plain Dealer

To Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, guard James Harden is out in front in the race for MVP to the point he said that should be the opinion of those without a connection to the franchise. “He’s the best player in basketball,” Alexander said. “He’s having the best year of anybody, no question,” Houston Chronicle

March 1, 2015 Updates

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told Adam Silver he’d like to see some of those rules change. “I actually brought it up with the commissioner, and he thought it was int – but there’s some practical reasons why the league won’t allow that, even though I think there might be a way to overcome them,” Morey said. “I think that could allow teams to not ever have fear. Like if that Harden trade had, oh, if he becomes an All-Star, you have to send yet another future first-round pick. Or if he fails, we get back a pick. I think that would grease a lot of deals.” NBCSports.com

February 28, 2015 Updates

Rockets forward Josh Smith has decided there is no other choice for the NBA's Most Valuable Player honor than his teammate, guard James Harden Another MVP candidate, LeBron James of the Cavaliers, comes to town Sunday, but Smith is adamant Harden deserves the award. "What frustrates me the most - I wasn't here the whole season, but I watch the NBA and follow it closely and they always bring up new MVP candidates, but this is a guy that has been doing it since the beginning of the year, not just one or two months," Smith said. "He has done it consistently at a high level since the season started. It's ridiculous to hear them try to put names in front of his. This guy has been a notch up on other MVP candidates all year." Houston Chronicle



Average height of the main three players is 6-foot-10. It's truly a big man franchise.


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