On May 12, 1996, the Houston Rockets were swept by the Seattle SuperSonics. It was a hard-fought sweep. Seattle blew Houston out 108-75 in Game 1, but won the rest of their games by single digits. In Game 4, Houston rallied from being down 18 points in the 4th, and 9 points with less than [...]
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History in Hindsight: The Houston Rockets, The Seattle SuperSonics, and Hakeem Olajuwon’s greatest foe.
Five years is an eternity in the NBA. Five years ago, the Houston Rockets were supposed to be championship contenders. Their goal was not to just get to the second round or to the Conference Finals, but to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy up in June. The trio of Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, and new [...]
If there was such a thing as a schedule loss, tonight was it. The Rockets were playing in Denver, having played another late game the night before in Los Angeles, which thus meant that they lost an hour through time zones. If that was not bad enough, Denver, a team which has plenty of energetic [...]
One month ago, Dwight Howard went up against an Oklahoma City frontcourt which had little more than rookie center Steven Adams as well as the too thin Serge Ibaka. Yet despite the seemingly obvious advantages, he had a disastrous game, scoring just 9 points on 4-12 shooting. Rahat was incredibly worried about the result of [...]
The Houston Rockets have won games without James Harden. They’ve won games without Dwight Howard. They’ve won games without Chandler Parsons, and Jeremy Lin, and Patrick Beverley, and Omer Asik. For most of the season, their injury situation has not been as bad as say, the Minnesota Timberwolves last year, or the Trail Blazers seemingly [...]