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Hack-a-Rocket begins. Capela to the line. I asked Carlisle about it and he seemed to plan on it, but not until in penalty. Capela hits both.
Capela has picked up two fouls.
Rockets have the rookie Clint Capela on Amare Stoudemire here.
James Harden about to shoot two free throws, MVP chant broke out but Mavs fans dominated it with the boooooos.
Howard on the bench now. He's got that extra spring in his step. Said at shootaround the time off for injury helped with his energy.
Rockets are 11-14 from the floor to start, with 20 of their 24 points in the paint. Howard is 5-5.
Dallas plays Kriss Kross on jump balls… “Jump” will be stuck in my head now. And I know every word...
Howard has 10, dominant inside again.
TJones will go against better defensive fours, but we could keep seeing the continued growth we would have seen had he not missed 49 gms.
Terrence Jones drew a foul from Tyson Chandler- Chandler’s second with 5:36 left in the 1st.
Nice job by Harden to read where Jones was to feed him the bounce pass for the layup on the pick and roll.
Now that was an alley oop slam. This is the start I expected last game -- like the first round of a Rocky fight.
Howard went UPPPPP to grab Terry's alley-oop pass.
OH MY GOODNESS.... what an alley-oop!
Mavericks playing with a lot of energy out of the gate tonight. Definitely in stay alive mode so far.
Harden seems fine, just hit a floater, something the Mavs allowed him to do in Game 3. Harden is a lefty, by the way.
As expected, Aminu starts defending Harden.
James Harden is winching in pain. His right hand.
This is the loudest the AAC has been since we've been here. Dirk Nowitzki with loud ovation.
The Rockets have been a relaxed and loose bunch the last few days.
On the other hand, if Aminu is on Harden, can't hide Dirk on Ariza. Should be an interesting first few possessions.
Mavs with a couple more lineup changes. Barea starts at point, Aminu at small forward. Would think Aminu will match up on Harden.
Lots of Red at the AAC this evening.
The bottom line for the Rockets. http://t.co/0Bpuv5BSDj
Dwight Howard said today Rockets have not discussed a sweep. "We don’t think about it. We’ve all talked about ... you have to stay humble."
Rick Carlisle said Raymond Felton is going to play but not sure about Richard Jefferson.
Big big answer by the Clips to even the series. The longer this series drags on, the better it is for the Rockets
This inning's been a rough one for the A's: error on Ike Davis, no throw on the SB, then Pomeranz gets popped on the Altuve comebacker.
We don't pay as much attention to last 2-minute report when officials get calls right, but should note went 9 of 9 in Rockets-Mavs Game 3.
Cavs are just DESTROYING the Celtics right now. If the Rockets can do the same, as in sweeping tonight, that would be hella huge.
Jason Terry on Trevor Ariza: "If he doesn’t make the NBA All-Defensive team this year...something is truly wrong with the system..."
McHale on Dwight Howard: "You feel him every possession impacting that possession and that’s huge."
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Felton and Jefferson are game-time decisions. He said "Felton is likely to play. Jefferson, we'll see."
Trevor Ariza on the Mavs" "This is a team playing at home, a team with a lot of pride and they aren’t going to lay down and give us a win."
As Sam banked in shots, McHale called him "Sam Jones." About five of us are old enough to know what he was talking about.
Dwight Howard on Game 4 will be more physical: It if is that’s fine with me. It’s the playoffs and we expect the games to get a little edgy.
Cool thing about Sam is he's like one of the guys. Lost his left leg, but none of his spirit. Happy, fun kid around tm. Not a bad J, either.
Rockets got a big kick out of having their buddy, 13-yr-old Sam Day, at practice. Been coming around for 3 years between cancer treatments.
Officials for Rockets-Mavericks Game 4 tonight. Monty McCutchen, Derrick Stafford and Josh Tiven. Alternate: Courtney Kirkland.
McHale on Howard: I’m just so happy Dwight feels good today. I don’t know if he’s BSing me or not but he told me his leg felt really good
Kevin McHale on series: I’ve said all along, 2 teams that are willing to run & will get out & run, you cannot hold & grab in the playoffs.
Kevin McHale: "We play one game on Sunday, we don’t play three games on Sunday believe it or not it’s the most important game of the year."
James Harden: Our mindset is get greedy. Get greedy, don’t let up and just stay focused.
Rockets were a pretty loose bunch today. Not worried about what Mavs have to overcome.
Former Baylor Bear Max Muncy with a fairly eventful game: 1st MLB hit, takes out Altuve with a hard clean slide, playin nice D too
And there'll be a Game 7 for the Islanders and Caps. Playoff hockey is glorious.