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April 18, 2015 Updates

You began the season with the Timberwolves, and at the time there were reports that said you had requested to go to a contender, and that Minnesota gave you permission to speak with other teams. Can you kind of walk me through how that all went down? Corey Brewer: “Minnesota’s a good organization, I was happy there. It wasn’t like I wanted to leave there, but you know, coach Saunders — we had a good relationship. He knew and I knew that they were going young, and it really wasn’t going to be a season for us to try to make the playoffs. For me, I’ve been in the league for eight years, and it’s all about playing in the playoffs. That’s what it’s about; you want to win a championship. He helped me out. We looked at the trade options, he gave me permission to talk to teams, and it worked out perfectly.” NBCSports.com

The Rockets have four players - Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Clint Capela and Joey Dorsey - who shoot below 60 percent from the free-throw line. As the Rockets prepare to play the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs Saturday night, they know the hacking strategy might be in play. "We definitely understand and know they are going to throw every curveball possible that they have at us to throw us off our game plan, but we are mentally strong and mentally prepared," Smith said. "Guys have been coming in, getting extra shots in, extra free throws to be focused for those moments. Hopefully if it comes, we can make them pay and knock them down." Houston Chronicle

Conveniently, Cuban believes that Houston, his team’s first-round opponent in this season’s playoffs, is one of the most one-dimensional teams in the playoffs. “[The biggest difference is] practice time. There’s no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they’re gonna do,” he says. “But James Harden is so good. That’s what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you’re good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that’s not a very good team over there.” Grantland

The night before we met, when the Rockets beat the Mavs, Dallas handed out Rajon Rondo bobbleheads at the gates. The Mavs acquired the mercurial point guard in midseason, and while many observers are quick to say that he hasn’t worked out, Cuban remains optimistic that, with some practice time, there’s still a chance things could pan out in the playoffs. “He hasn’t been as good of a fit as we would’ve liked,” says Cuban. “And Rajon would tell you the same. I think that he is a guy that is built for the playoffs, and we haven’t had a lot of practice time together. He’s been here for maybe five or six practice days.” Grantland

April 17, 2015 Updates

The NBA on Friday released the pre-lottery drawing order for the June college draft and, as expected, the New Orleans Pelicans will lose their first pick to the Houston Rockets in the transaction for center Omer Asik. The Pelicans protected the pick on the front end and the back end of the draft at the time of the trade last summer. But the pick, which falls at No. 18 according to the league release, is just outside the protection parameters of Nos. 1-3 and 20-30. Asik will be a free agent at the end of the season, putting the Pelicans under the gun to offer him a deal that would have him return to the Pelicans and not essentially be a one-year rental. New Orleans Times-Picayune

In the playoffs, teams with limited game plans get exposed. Conveniently, Cuban believes that Houston, his team’s first-round opponent in this season’s playoffs, is one of the most one-dimensional teams in the playoffs. “[The biggest difference is] practice time. There’s no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they’re gonna do,” he says. “But James Harden is so good. That’s what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you’re good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that’s not a very good team over there.” Grantland

Gary Washburn: The #rockets win the #tiebreaker with the #clippers for the 27th pick. That means the #Lakers will pick 27th and the #celtics 28th. The #lakers have #rockets first-round pick because of Jeremy Lin trade while #celtics have the #clippers first-rounder in Doc Rivers swap. Twitter @GwashburnGlobe

Parsons has been in their seats, so to speak. Long before anybody would have pictured Parsons as an NBA prospect, his family owned Orlando Magic season tickets, so he’s plenty familiar with the feeling of fan heartbreak. “If one of my favorite players left, I would boo them if they came back,” Parsons told ESPNDallas.com, smiling and sipping iced coffee at a café in his uptown Dallas neighborhood a couple of days before returning to Houston as Public Enemy No. 1 in a first-round playoff series. “That’s just how the world works. “I booed Shaq when he came back. I booed T-Mac when he came back. You boo everybody when they come back. If you’re passionate as a fan, a diehard fan, you don’t care about the player. You care about the team.” ESPN.com

April 16, 2015 Updates

Jonathan Feigen: The beat goes on. Rockets w/ another injury in season-finale. KJ McDaniels injured his wrist. Likely fractured. Likely out for playoffs. Obviously, McDaniels was not likely to play in the post-season. But it is remarkable. Rockets with injuries from the second to last games. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

Alexander reiterated that he believes Harden deserves the NBA's top individual honor. "James Harden, in my opinion, is the MVP," Alexander said. "100 percent, he is the MVP. With all of the injuries that we had, not having a full team, seeing another superstar go down in Dwight. For us to have all these wins is truly something, and a lot of it is because of him. He's the top player in the league, and if he's not he's 1, 2 or 3. When you get a player like that in a trade, not free agency, it's truly amazing. He's young. He's going to be with the team for the next 10 years at least. You know when you have a player like that you're going to be in the playoffs fighting for a championship every year." FOX 26 Sports

Either way, the Rockets are just focusing on beating them and moving on to round two. “He’s the enemy,” Dwight Howard said of Parsons. “We’re still going to be friends and we’re still going to kick it in the summer, but right now, him and his team are trying to end our season. And that’s our mentality – we’re not going to let anybody end our season, so we’ve got to go out there and dominate from the first game and send a message.” “It’s not about Chandler,” James Harden said. “It’s about trying to win. The last couple of years I’ve been here, I’ve been (knocked) out the first round, so it’s bigger than one person.” CBS Local

 

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