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Rockets are playing a Jeremy Lin tribute on the scoreboard right now.
D-Mo has done some good things early, but once again, he has to sit early with two fouls. Put Papanikolaou on Boozer.
With Beverley back and Tarik Black starting, Rockets on their sixth lineup in 12 games. And Terrence Jones does not look close to a return.
All the people who really wanted to see Tarik Black start tonight are in luck.
Knew there was a problem when Dwight wasn't shown during the "Rockets Red Glare" part of the anthem. He's out with a strained right knee.
Dwight Howard is out tonight vs. Lakers with a strained right knee.
Dwight Howard is out with a strained right knee.
As you could tell from Josh Powell's fine seat in Memphis, he is 'officially' on Rockets staff. Has been working w/ team since late Oct.
Back in Houston for first time since the trade, Jeremy Lin unavailable for comment, per Lakers PR.
A huge sports topic these days is def the hope of a UT-A&M matchup. Aggies def have more to lose, which is why they, or the SEC, seem scared
For those interested in this sort of thing, your officials for Rockets-Lakers tonight -- Joe Crawford, Bennie Adams, Tre Maddox.
Dwight Howard talked at shootaround, but only about basketball topics. Question on off court situation was cut off by Rockets staff.
Kentucky is very Solid this year!!
Rockets assign rookie Nick Johnson to D-League. Stayed with Rockets at start of Vipers season when Beverley was hurt, just in case.
I personally think a UT-A&M bowl game would make for a GREAT game. Whatever emotions between the 2 schools played out on the field.
Bill Worrell did in fact say tonight that the Rockets are "maybe a month or so away" from getting Terrence Jones back. Not good if true.
Dwight Howard: "We’re going to make no excuses. We got our butts beat. It happens. We live. We learn. We're going to get better."
Trevor Ariza: "They just straight up beat our ass."
McHale said, "They beat the hell out of us." Added that, "Our offense disintegrated and it turned into offense for them."
FINAL: Grizzlies 119, Rockets 93. Total rout. Harden (1-8 FG) non-factor. HOU shooting blanks from deep: 7-34, 7-35, 8-34 in last 3 games.
Bill Worrell: "The Rockets could not put the ball in the basket if they stood over the top of the rim right now."
Grizzlies lead 97-66 after 3, their largest lead. Harden 1 of 8 for 6 points. He's minus-29 tonight, but there's a lot of that going around.
The new Root Sports theme music of "Go! Go! Go!" sadly plays as they display the score: 97-66 Memphis through three.
Doesn't really matter since I'm sure he'll be done in 90 seconds anyway, but this has long since been a lost cause.
Rockets playing 2nd half of back-to-back their 3rd road b-to-b in 1st 11 games. Harden up to 31 mins. Lead at 29. Why is Harden in the game?
In the last three games, the Rockets are a combined 19-91 (20.9%) from three-point range.
Harden's frustration starting to boil over. Just hacked away at Courtney Lee until foul called. Time to call it a night.
With Z-Bo on Canaan, Calvin Murphy keeps screaming "Take him to the basket." Canaan finally did. Three-point play. Good job, Murph.
That's preseason question that remains. What happens when Rockets face Z-Bo, Aldridge, Griffin, Davis, Nowitzki or Duncan in playoff series?
Great catch by broadcast: Zach Randolph both dribbles & steps out of bounds, right in front of the official. No call. http://t.co/atra0a2Y9h
Rockets best option to defend Randolph used to be Delfino. Now, it looks like its James Harden.
Isaiah Canaan starts the second half. Trevor Ariza moves to the four on Z-Bo. Memphis immediately posts him up.
Memphis is 24th in pace. In 1st half, they were 9 of 14 on the break, scoring 22 fast-break points, most kick-started by Rockets turnovers.
HALF: Grizzlies 65, Rockets 42. 15 Rocket turnovers in the first half leading to 22 points for Memphis. Harden just 1-3 FG.
Grizzlies lead 65-40. In other words, they have scored as much in a half as OKC scored in entire game last night.
The Rockets held the Thunder to 65 points last night. Memphis has already scored that in the first half tonight.
In fairness to Harden, Griz swarming to him when he puts ball on the floor. More ball movement should get it back with a chance to attack.
Checking in at the next dead ball. Isaiaaaaaaaah Canaaaaaaaan. Can't say when James Harden's offense will join the fray.
Back to the record book to check on a stat Rockets did not stain last night. Franchise record for most TOs is 34. Have 15 in 18 1/2 mins.
Rockes 14 turnovers by far the biggest issue but Harden and Ariza have played 15 and 13 minutes between them and have each made 1 shot.
Rockets had 17 turnovers last night in one of the ugliest games ever. They already have 13 tonight in the first 15 minutes of this game.
Kosta Koufos was draped over Dwight Howard like a hoodie. Dwight raised his arms and was called for a technical. Crazy call.
With 4:20 left in the quarter, Rockets led 15-13. It's 34-18 Grizz heading to the 2Q. Defense isn't a luxury with this team. Got to play it.
Grizzlies end quarter on a 21-3 run, almost all fueled by Rockets tos. Had 10 in the quarter. Harden's only shot on an uncontested break.
Grizzlies have made 10 of their last 14 shots, building a double-digit lead at 31-18. Rockets offense continues to look out of sync.
Rockets have 18 points. Grizzlies have 18 points off turnovers or second shots. Griz on 14-3 run in two minutes.
Boos for Tarik Black in his homecoming. He transfered from Memphis to Kansas for his senior year.