Author Archives: Paul McGuire

Paul McGuire

Write for a living, though not in sports. Been following the Rockets my whole life, with Stockton’s shot being my first memory. Consequently traumatized.

History in Hindsight: A look back at the 2009 Portland-Houston series.

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 [...]

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Denver Nuggets 123, Houston Rockets 116: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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 [...]

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Houston Rockets 111, Oklahoma City Thunder 107: Fear the beard.

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 [...]

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Brooklyn Nets 105, Houston Rockets 96: Too many injuries.

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 [...]

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Miami Heat 113, Houston Rockets 104: Reliably unreliable.

The thing about this loss is that if it wasn’t for Dwight Howard stinking it up against OKC, or the Rockets doing whatever the hell they did against Chicago this last week, I would have shrugged my shoulders and went “Oh, well” at this defeat.  It would have been a 4-2 result against this last [...]

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