The Daily Blast – February 1, 2013

Darth Asik – The Rockets posted the home court introduction video to their website. Amid a montage of Greg Smith dunks and James Harden rip-through moves, we are treated to a sudden shot of Omer looking like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because whenever you have a chance to make your board crasher/defensive enforcer look like a stoned Sith warrior, you have to do it. Mr. Alexander, someone in the editing suite deserves a raise.

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The Daily Blast – January 31, 2013

Royce White Will Tie Your Brain Into a Pretzel – Houston’s enigmatic rookie sits down with Chuck Klosterman to discuss the human condition. Important basketball note: White says he’s only shooting about once a week. Here’s where the article starts to get real:

However, there’s a much larger issue at play here, and it’s unrelated to the game of basketball. It has to do with White’s wider view on how mental illness — both his own, and those of others — is destroying the fabric of modern living. He’s obsessed with the idea that no one wants to accept the “reality” of a profound social crisis he sees everywhere, infiltrating every aspect of culture and killing us softly.

After the jump: you want to be in James Harden’s entourage.

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The Houston Rockets fell to the Denver Nuggets, ending a feel-good three game win streak. The Nuggets move to 19-3 in Denver, tied (With OKC) for the best home record in the league. The Rockets played a competitive game for thirty-five minutes leading by eight with one minute left in the third period. The Nuggets then rattled off a 19-1 run that lasted the next five game minutes, and Houston never recovered.

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Assessing the Rockets’ Playoff Odds

Houston currently owns a 25-22 record and would be the 8th seed in the Western Conference if the playoffs started today. As previous years have shown, the West’s playoff race is often extremely tight, and the Rockets are far from certain to avoid a fourth consecutive trip to the lottery. The Rockets’ chances of making the playoffs are primarily a function of two factors: Houston’s own performance and that of its Western Conference peers. What follows is an analysis of these two factors and an attempt to provide a clearer picture of Houston’s playoff hopes.

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