The Daily Blast – February 6, 2013

Let Me Count The Ways – If there is a record for number of records tied or broken in an NBA game, the Rockets probably broke it last night.

1. Tied most 3-pointers made in an NBA game: 23

2. Tied most 3-pointers made in a first half: 14

2. New team record: most 3-pointers made in a Houston Rockets game

3. Most points scored in the Toyota Center: 140

5. Most three pointers by Jeremy Lin in a game: 5

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Tonight, in many ways, was a game devoted to setting records.  The Rockets offense scored 77 points in the first half, their most points in a half for the season, tied the all-time NBA record of 23 3-pointers in a game, and finished with by far their most points of the season with 140.  Yet at the very end, the Rockets set a less quantifiable record through the fact that I have never seen such a testy 30-point blowout at the very, very end of the game.

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The Daily Blast – February 5, 2013

Wild Speculation -It’s trade talk time. ESPN’s 5-on-5 has several Rockets-related scenarios. Here’s a quick rundown of ideas floated by contributors:

1. Gasol to the Rockets, Omer Asik and Marcus Morris to the Hawks, Josh Smith, Cole Aldrich and Terrence Jones to the Lakers.

2. Smith to the Rockets for Patrick Patterson, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas and Cole Aldrich.

3. Smith to the Rockets for Chandler Parsons, Motiejunas, Marcus Morris (or Terrence Jones) and Carlos Delfino.

If the Trade Machine has to work any harder it will probably sling a rod.

After the jump: one year of Linsanity.

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On the NBA: The State of The Player

As a person who writes a column about the NBA, once per week, I am both thrilled and annoyed by the sheer amount of compelling news and media surrounding the sport, between each column. Usually, I react to the overwhelming question of what to write about by picking a manageable topic—like assessing the season’s wins-and-losses progress and prospects of various teams and players, throughout the league. And doing so in a purely basketball-focused way.

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