Let’s get this quick and clear for those who did not watch this game: For all purposes and intents, tonight was a blowout.  The Rockets made a late charge at the last minute to make the score much closer than it was for most of the game, but this was one of Houston’s worse performances during this now six-game losing streak.

The Indiana Pacers, the 29th-ranked office in the league, had 83 points by the end of the 3rd quarter.  They tied their season high number of points in the 1st quarter with 31, could not miss a 3 pointer, and outrebounded the Rockets on both ends, blocked shots, and stole the ball pretty much when they felt like it.  The results largely spoke for themselves.

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So this was interesting.  In a recent ESPN interview with Chris Palmer, Kobe Bryant says he’s indeed squared off against Tracy McGrady in a game of one-on-one:

I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. When I was about 20, we were in Germany doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company and we played basketball every day. We were in the gym all the time. We played three games of one-on-one to 11. I won all three games. One game I won 11-2. After the third game he said he had back spasms and couldn’t play anymore.

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The Daily Blast – January 18, 2013

Hey Now, You’re Official – The starting line-ups for the All-Star game are in. Jeremy Lin is the third-most popular guard in the West.  Everybody thinks James Harden should get in the game.

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The Houston Rockets are in the throes of a massive slump, losing a season worst five games in a row. As recently as January 8th, the Rockets and the Pacers shared a 21-14 record, both looking like playoff locks after starting slow. Since then, the Rockets fell into a tailspin and now desperately need to win games and keep their playoff hopes alive. The second highest-scoring team in the NBA faces off against the stingiest team in the league to see if Houston can steal one on the road.

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The Daily Blast – January 17, 2013

The Gathering – SI.com’s Rob Mahoney explains how James Harden punks defenders just by how he picks up his dribble.

Fashionista – The 2013 All-Star game uniforms have been revealed, and the design includes a nod to Houston’s “rich aeronautical history.”  The Basketball Jones has a review and more pictures for your jersey-ogling pleasure.

The Decision Distraction – ESPN has had extensive coverage of the Royce White saga. TrueHoop TV breaks down the situation, with some interesting thoughts on how White would be received in the locker room if he ever rejoins the team. If you have ESPN Insider, a scout questions whether White has the talent to make him worth the trouble. Also, an Outside The Lines segment on mental health is on the way. One of White’s provocative quotes from the clip: “I’m only high maintenance because you’re uneducated.”

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