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2014-2015 Rockets season preview: win total

The new NBA season is just around the corner, and it can’t come soon enough. It’s time to get ready for the next chapter in Houston Rockets history, and therefore it’s time to make serson predictions. Until the first game ends, everyone starts out undefeated and all the potential is untapped. But what will the [...]

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Should the Houston Rockets pursue Eric Bledsoe? Part 3 – Offense

You can read Part 2 of this series here. Initially, a reader has taken great exception to the fact this discussion (continued on this week’s podcast) has not made mention of Bledsoe’s troubling injury history.  I’ll dissect that matter in the next installment. In Part 2, I compared Eric Bledsoe’s defensive stats with those of [...]

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Houston Rockets’ summer assignment list: Part 5, Kevin McHale

Management quickly moved to secure head coach Kevin McHale’s seat shortly after the team’s ouster from the postseason in the first round.  I speculated at the time that the move was more a show of cohesion on the public front (with the team very much in the free agent market) rather than an actual show [...]

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Should the Houston Rockets pursue Eric Bledsoe? Part 2, a defensive comparison to Patrick Beverley

The Eric Bledsoe negotiations continue.  I posed the question last week whether the Rockets should be in pursuit of the free agent guard.  It’s time to look deeper into the numbers.  To begin, Bledsoe’s greatest selling point may be that while he isn’t anywhere near elite offensively, he has developed a reputation as a true [...]

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Houston Rockets’ summer assignment list: Part 4, Terrence Jones

Terrence Jones last year, in his first regular stint of playing time, at just 22 years of age, put up twelve points and seven rebounds per game on 54% shooting from the field.  Per 36 minutes, that already impressive production stretches out to a meaty 16 and 9.  Despite my criticisms, this is a chip. [...]

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