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Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts joked that he will use the 'Hack-a-Howard' strategy on the "first possession" of Game 2.

Dwight Howard finished 9-of-17 from the FT line on Sunday, including 6-of-7 late in the fourth quarter and overtime, but he bricked four straight once the Blazers intentionally fouled him with five minutes remaining. That forced the Rockets to pull Dwight until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, spoiling the Rockets' momentum and slowly eroding their 11-point lead. Stotts may have been kidding about using the strategy in the first quarter, but it would be surprising if he doesn't use it at some point during Wednesday's game.
Apr 21 - 9:14 AM

Patrick Beverley will have an MRI on Monday after spraining his right knee during Sunday's game.

Beverley tore his right meniscus on March 27 but he was able to avoid surgery and return to action just two weeks later, and there is reportedly "a great deal of fear" that he's seriously aggravated his injury. He's questionable to play on Wednesday and if he can't suit up the Rockets will shift Jeremy Lin into the starting lineup.
Apr 21 - 2:57 AM

Chandler Parsons made 10-of-21 shots including three 3-pointers to score 24 points in Sunday's overtime loss to Portland.

The Rockets were led by Parsons, James Harden (27 points) Dwight Howard (27 points) and an almost manic effort from Patrick Beverley, whose nine points and six rebounds are a poor reflection of his impact on Game 1. The Rockets will look to regroup and even the series in Game 2 on Wednesday.
Apr 21 - 1:19 AM

Terrence Jones had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Rockets' heart-breaking OT loss in Houston on Sunday.

Jones made 6-of-10 FGs while chipping in two assists and two blocks but he struggled defensively in a tough matchup vs. LaMarcus Aldridge, who blew up for 46 points in the road win. Rockets coach Kevin McHale used an eight-man rotation and gave DNP-CDs to both Donatas Motiejunas and Omri Casspi.
Apr 21 - 1:18 AM

Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that "it's possible" he'll pair Dwight Howard and Omer Asik for stretches vs. the Trail Blazers.

"We haven’t done it a lot lately," he said. "They were effective earlier [this season] at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we’re having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him." Terrence Jones will get the first chance to slow Aldridge down, but he struggled with the matchup this season and his success or failure will be a key facet of Houston's first-round matchup.
Apr 19 - 11:45 AM

The Rockets recalled Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington on Friday.

The two were sent down to the D-League to get extra playing time. Canaan played well in the loss, scoring a game-high 25 points and he will continue to be the Rockets third-string point guard behind Patrick Beverley and Jeremy Lin.
Apr 18 - 3:26 PM

James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik all took Wednesday off in preparation for the playoffs.

None of them have a real injury that we know of and it should be all hands on deck as they prepare for the Blazers in Round 1.
Apr 17 - 12:30 AM

Troy Daniels got a start for the Rockets on Wednesday and had a career-high 22 points, five assists and six 3-pointers in a loss to the Pelicans.

Don't feel bad if you've never heard of him, as they signed him in February and called him up from the D-League last week. Patrick Beverley had 14 points and two 3-pointers, Dwight Howard hit just 1-of-5 shots for seven points, four boards and three blocks, Terrence Jones added 17 points and eight rebounds, Donatas Motiejunas had 11 points and 10 boards in 17 minutes, and Jordan Hamilton had 14 points and four 3-pointers in the meaningless loss. The Rockets will face the Blazers in Round 1 of the playoffs.
Apr 16 - 11:03 PM

Francisco Garcia will not play vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

The Rockets are short on players tonight and we may get to see some serious run out of Troy Daniels and Omri Casspi. Garcia's DNP will likely be more precautionary than anything.
Apr 16 - 8:08 PM

Troy Daniels will start with Pat Beverley, Omri Casspi, Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones.

With Chandler Parsons and James Harden resting, the Rockets will get some of their bench guys some run. Daniels has been bombing triples all year in the D-League and will have his best chance to have a good game in the NBA tonight.
Apr 16 - 7:34 PM

Jeremy Lin will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

He'll get some rest in the finale and it will allow Isaiah Canaan another chance at minutes. Lin is healthy and should be ready to go against the Blazers in the first round.
Apr 16 - 7:04 PM

Omer Asik will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

He's getting some rest tonight as the Rockets prepare for the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. Donatas Motiejunas will back up Dwight Howard tonight.
Apr 16 - 7:01 PM

Chandler Parsons will rest during Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Parsons recently battled minor hip and wrist injuries but he'll have enough time to recover before the start of the playoffs. Guys like Francisco Garcia and Omri Casspi will take on bigger roles with Parsons and James Harden (rest) both out on Wednesday.
Apr 16 - 1:43 PM

James Harden and Chandler Parsons will both be rested for the Rockets' season finale.

The Rockets own the tie-breaker over the Blazers so Houston can't drop down the seeding, which makes it perfectly reasonable for Harden (ankle) and Parsons (wrist) to get some rest. Neither guy is in danger of missing Game 1 of their first-round series vs. Portland.

Big man Josh Powell passed his physical and was signed by the Rockets on Tuesday.

He'll give them a little depth in the playoffs, but that's about it.
Apr 15 - 9:14 PM


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