Monta Giveth, and Monta Taketh Away – Last night, Monta Ellis gave the Rockets ownership of the 7th seed in the West by dropping 34 points on the Jazz and carrying the Bucks to an overtime win. Enough to forget about this? Nah. But it comes close.Chandler Bang – Parsons sat down with Rocketscast Live yesterday to chew the fat about a lot of things, and he gave a ton of insight about his career, his relationship with Jeremy Lin, and the odd position of being the team’s longest tenured guy after just one and two-thirds seasons. He also weighed in on Serge Ibaka’s nut-whack on Blake Griffin from last Sunday, saying, “I tweeted the video of (Griffin) getting me earlier this season, so you know what? Karma. He just deserved it. And that was a little brutal and a little much, but still, he had it coming.”
After the jump: the bandwagon.All Aboard! – Andrew Unterberger wrote for The Basketball Jones on the top bandwagon teams this year. The Rockets came in at a strong number 5:
5. Houston Rockets (Last Year: 15). Just about the ultimate wild card in the playoffs this year with their high-octane offensive attack, because I’m not sure there’s a team in the NBA they couldn’t beat in a seven-game series if they were hitting on their threes and a couple things broke their way. Of course, they could also be eliminated in four or five games, but James Harden, like Stephen Curry, is one of those guys you don’t want ever want to flip too far away from in a big spot, and with the scoring numbers they put up (and give up) as a team, they’re guaranteed to play in at least one 120-118 type classic in the postseason. And if they end up playing OKC in the first round … man, can you imagine the intensity?
Air Brooks – In case you still had any doubts, NBA.com is reporting that Brooks is signing with the team. According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, it’s a two year, $6.6 million contract with a team option for year two.Tweet That – I can’t tell if this is gratitude, or if Delfino is gently ribbing his old team.[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/cabezadelfino/status/308798231654055936″]All That Power – The Rockets held steady at eighth place in Marc Stein’s weekly power rankings, but last night’s loss by the Jazz is the first sign of what Hollinger’s rankings and playoff odds have been saying for weeks (heck, almost for months), which is that the Jazz and Warriors were due to slide down as longs as Houston kept its current pace. It seems like the Jazz finally blinked in a staring contest that has gone on since January.Got any sweet links or suggestions? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or message John Eby on Twitter @EbyNews.