Jonathan Feigen

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Jason Friedman

As always, all RTV episodes can also be viewed via the Rockets app, and audio-only versions of the show available on iTunes as well.

Jason Friedman

Playoff edition of RTV as @ca_rockets & I break down the Rockets' first round matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers nba.com/rockets/video/…

Jonathan Feigen

While we're at it, Jenny Dial Creech tracked down Vernon Maxwell for latest in our championship anniversary series houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets…

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets' return to health revives playoff optimism, but plenty to consider vs. Blazers houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets…

Howard Chen

(VIDEO RECAP) #Astros struggle against a dominant James Shields csnhouston.com/blog/astros-ta…

Isaiah Canaan

This traveling stuff is OD!! Can't complain tho cuz it's my Job!! #blessed

Howard Chen

Statsny. Talk about clutch.

Howard Chen

Springer made some nice defensive plays, including the diving catch in the 9th, but said the error in the 1st inning stands out most to him.

Howard Chen

After the game, Porter said @AnthonyBass45's 3 innings of perfection "saved the bullpen" as the team heads to Oakland. #Astros

Howard Chen

Now, time for the Astros postgame presser after this loss...

Howard Chen

3-inning perfection by Anthony Bass. #buyah #Astros

Howard Chen

Oooooo Springer laying out in right field for the catch. #highlight #SpringerTime #Astros

Howard Chen

Springer flies out to right. 2 men stranded. Royals up 5-1 after 8.

Howard Chen

On the flipside, Anthony Bass has been a huge positive outta the bullpen tonight for the Astros. Smooooth sailing in his two innings so far.

Howard Chen

The Astros have one hit tonight after the first inning. Shields has been mowin' em down. 10 strikeouts so far, only 1 walk.

Howard Chen

Great catch by Alex Gordon. Chris Carter does score on the play from 3rd. #Astros on the board, down 5-1 after 5.

Howard Chen

Before this game, Feldman had given up a total of 7 hits in his 3 starts (20.2 IP). Has given up 6 hits, 4 runs in 4 IP in this one.

Howard Chen

Springer K's in his second at-bat to end the 3rd. #Astros

Troy Daniels

Good luck to my bros @Isaiah Canaan and @Robert Covington and my Viper boys tonight.. They play Santa Cruz tonight..!!! Let's get this win fellas

Howard Chen

Dominguez has been sharp so far today at the hot corner. Made a couple of nice plays on hard-hit balls. #Astros

Howard Chen

Call overturned, inning over. But still, good to see that Presley hustle.

Howard Chen

Presley w pure hustle down the first-base line to beat the throw to first. Ned Yost comes out. Either way, Presley gave it his ALL. #Astros

Howard Chen

Springer hauls it from first to third on the Altuve single up the middle. Runners on the corners w/2out in the 1st. #Astros

Howard Chen

2nd big-league hit for Springer also an infield grounder, just like his first. #thatspeeeeeeed #Astros

Howard Chen

Game starts with a Springer error in right. Aoki to third.

Howard Chen

Twitter question time! #Astros fans, how much more excited are ya now that George Springer has arrived? Elaborate! I read the best tweets TV

Daryl Morey

The vinyl record(!) for the national anthem at the portsmouth invitational tournament just skipped a few times. Tourney started in 1953...

David Hardisty

Exactly. MT @fyrebear: @David Hardisty No Troy Daniels because he is part of the Rockets playoff rotation, right?

David Hardisty

Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington have both been re-assigned to the @rgvvipers, according to a team source.

Jonathan Feigen

Jeff Van Gundy picks the Rockets to win it all: blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jason Friedman

For the PM crowd: Pondering flat circles, frozen moments and X-factors while previewing Rockets-Blazers: nba.com/rockets/news/p…

Isaiah Canaan

Happy Birthday @kyoung00 thankful to have you apart of my life.. Hope you enjoy your special day.. Love you bunches

David Hardisty

Tiebreaker will decide if Rockets have pick #24, #25 or #26 in this year's draft. Knicks will send #42 to Houston. bit.ly/1lagjTQ

Dwight Howard

My bro Stephen Jackson aka stak5 album coming soon look out for his first video of album called… instagram.com/p/m5kdWdKi60/

Daryl Morey

Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of being a king?

Jason Friedman

Of frozen moments, flat circles and familiar faces: Probing the deep questions (and numbers) prior to Rockets-Blazers nba.com/rockets/news/p…

Howard Chen

(VIDEO RECAP) #SpringerDay will always be special; postgame reax from @gspringer_4 & Porter csnhouston.com/blog/astros-ta… #Astros

Jason Friedman

As promised, the quintessential 'tl;dr' HOU-POR playoff preview celebrating frozen moments & the wisdom of Rust Cohle nba.com/rockets/news/p…

Omri Casspi

#repost @houstonrockets let the real fun begin. #playoffs instagram.com/p/m4SnLjL8yB/

Chandler Parsons

Now it's time for the real fun. #playoffs

David Hardisty

Rockets, Blazers both finished 54-28, so home court decided by tiebreaker. How huge does this Harden three look now? youtu.be/v0R-nvfw5OY

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets hoped for a Sun start; got it. Gm 1: Sun, 8:30 Gm 2: Wed, 8:30 Gm 3: Fri, 9:30 Gm 4: Sun, 8:30 Gm 5: Apr 30 Gm 6: May 2 Gm 7: May 4

Howard Chen

You could say Mike Moustakas, with his .098 average, was due for that. Royals take the 5-4 lead in the 11th.

Howard Chen

"Let's go Hoes" sounds like "Let's go Stros" and also like "Let's go Home" #Astros

Howard Chen

Hmmmm if only Altuve wasn't picked off... still, walkoff run is at 3rd. #Astros

Jonathan Feigen

Best news for the 60 percent, none of the first four games of the series on NBA-TV. Will either be on ESPN or TNT.

Jonathan Feigen

First two games of Rockets-Blazers at 8:30 cst. Game 3 at 9:30 cst. Game 4 at 8:30 cst. Others if necessary TBD.

Howard Chen

Ouch. Altuve picked off.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets-Blazers 1st round schedule: Game 1 and 2 Sun, Wednesday; Games 3 and 4 Friday, Sun. April 3, May 2, May 4 if necessary.

Howard Chen

Then again, Chris Carter on deck to pinch hit for Krauss. #Astros

Howard Chen

Altuve leads off the 10th with a sharply hit single. Guzman up now, then Krauss, who's been hot tonight. #Astros

Howard Chen

We talked about how in Taiwan, Japanese baseball is shown. Kevin Youkilis is in Japan nowadays. Also, Hong-Chih Kuo is back in Taiwan.

Howard Chen

Had a nice conversation yesterday with the current pitcher, Jerome Williams, about Taiwan. He's pitched there. I just came back from there.

Howard Chen

No play available as Dominguez' momentum was taking him toward the third-base bag. Woulda been a ridiculously hard throw, possible error.

Howard Chen

Getting lotsa feedback on my gloves lol. Fans here in the Crawford Boxes have their blankets going. #itsnotwarmatnightoutdoors

Howard Chen

Tweets I just read on TV about Springer's impact: @__johnbarrera @JeffBlogwell are obv excited about #SpringerDay. Thx for the tweets, yall!

Howard Chen

Bottom of the 9th we come. Guess who's 3rd up in the bottom half? Oh yes, you better believe it. #SpringerDay

Howard Chen

Combined with the fans' roar of approval, the umps' signal of out looked like a fist pump. #JerseyShore #Astros

Howard Chen

To me, it looks like Cain was out. But then, I'm clearly not the decision maker here.

Howard Chen

The replay review is now underway here in the 9th of a 4-4 game. #Astros

Howard Chen

Close play at first. Spectacular play by Gonzalez throwing on the run. Cain ruled safe. Bo Porter on the field to discuss. #astros

David Hardisty

Not an easy path to West Finals, but the best possible one for Houston: Rockets 9-3 vs teams in their bracket, 5-10 vs other 4 West teams.

David Hardisty

West playoffs set and there's a lot of Texas in our bracket: (1) Spurs vs. (8) Mavs. Winner of that series takes on Rockets-Blazers winner.

Howard Chen

Impressive play as Hosmer ranges to his left, backhands the grounder by the line and throws out Dominguez.

Howard Chen

And Valencia makes up for it by catching Guzman's liner to end the inning.

Howard Chen

Royals stumbling a bit in the field tonight. Altuve reaches when Valencia mishandles the grounder. 2 on now, 2 out for Guzman. #Astros

Howard Chen

Springer strikes out. Laser focus for every one of his at-bats tonight. #SpringerDay #Astros

Howard Chen

Albers does limit the damage by striking out Billy Butler to end the 7th. Stretch time, tied at 4. #Astros

Howard Chen

Salvador Perez welcomes Albers with a game-tying, two-run single in the 7th. 2 Royals still on base, on the corners. #Astros

Howard Chen

Chapman comes in for the lefty-lefty matchup, walks Hosmer. Bases loaded. Albers in.

Howard Chen

There's something lovable about large mascot bellies/hips. Clutch the Bear for the Rockets and @OrbitAstros. Shake that thang, guys! hahhaha

Howard Chen

Escobar steals 2nd, base opens up, but Hosmer up after Infante, so it's not like the Astros would wanna walk Infante.

Jason Friedman

And if 4,000-word previews are your cup of tea, one is forthcoming later tonight after Blazers' game is over and playoff sched is released.

Jason Friedman

Pelicans win 105-100. But only two things matter tonight: 1) Everyone stayed healthy. 2) Hello, Troy Daniels!

David Hardisty

FINAL: Pelicans 105, Rockets 100. Strong showing from Troy Daniels (22p, 6-11 3P), but reserves didn't have enough. Rockets finish 54-28.

Howard Chen

Turned out to be a very solid start by Keuchel. 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K and he got better as the game went on. #Astros

Howard Chen

Brad Peacock now pitchin in the 7th. Bo Porter had said pregame he wantd to giv Peacock some work tonite in prep for Sunday's start. #Astros

David Hardisty

I either had baseball or Josh Powell on my mind, but that's "Jordan" Hamilton, not Josh :)

David Hardisty

Josh Hamilton steal and fast break layup gives the Rockets the lead, 100-99, 2:48 left in the game.

Jason Friedman

Wondered aloud to many in New Orleans at All-Star: What on earth took so long for NBA team to sign Daniels? Especially w/ 3-ball ruling all.

Jonathan Feigen

Troy Daniels with a corner 3 has 22 p with 4 1/2 left. That's two more than his career total coming in.

Howard Chen

. @MarcKrauss25 just went BOOM SHAKA LAKA to the Crawford Boxes. #Astros take the 4-2 lead in the 6th.

Jason Friedman

Per @ca_rockets, HOU coaches giving Troy Daniels serious thought for postseason rotation spot. 19 pts, 5-10 from 3 good way to make case.

Jonathan Feigen

Josh Powell nails a jumper and now has 2 more points in his Rockets tenure than his predecessor, Dexter Pittman.

Howard Chen

Keuchel's strikeouts are starting to pile up now. 5 strikeouts from a guy who didn't have a K until the last out of the 4th. #Astros

Jonathan Feigen

McHale yanks Motiejunas before he breaks something. Has really struggled lately.

Jonathan Feigen

Looks like Rockets will go the rest of the way with only one player, Motiejunas, that was with the team through most of the season.

Jonathan Feigen

With Josh Powell at table to check in, Dwight goes to corner, calls for ball and launches his 3. No good. And he's done for night.

Howard Chen

And Guthrie times the pickoff throw nicely. Catches Springer in a rundown.

Howard Chen

Family btw is HUGE for Springer. That's why he wears the jersey number 4: for the other 4 members of his family. #SpringerDay

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight still in game to start the 4th, much to the delight of two screaming teenagers that have spent the game trying to get his attention.

Jonathan Feigen

Pels 80. Rockets 78 after 3. Double-teamed on every possession, Dwight is 1 of 4 for 7 p in 24 mins.

David Hardisty

Pelicans up 80-78 heading to the 4th. Rockets 10-21 from 3-pt range. TJones has 17, Beverley 14p, Daniels 13p, D-Mo 11p-10r.

Jason Friedman

Pels up 80-78 after 3Q. Dwight and Beverley get some more run in 3Q, emerge unscathed, everybody wins.

Howard Chen

What helps when Springer gets on base is how much he distracts with his base-stealing ability. Guthrie with the obligatory throw to 1st.

Howard Chen

Springer gets on base for the 2nd time in 3 tries, draws the leadoff walk. #SpringerDay #Astros