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Houston Rockets News: October 16, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Rockets, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, October 16, 2017.

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Houston Rockets News

Rockets news: Houston waives forwards Danuel House, Cam Oliver
Houston Rockets waive forwards Danuel House and Cam Oliver heading into 2017-18 NBA season.

Kevin McHale says name-calling won't change opinion on James Harden
Former Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale says that name-calling won't change his opinion on James Harden as a leader.

Warriors' ring ceremony not motivation for Rockets - Houston Chronicle
The Rockets will have a front-row seat for the Warriors’ ring ceremony on Tuesday, but were undecided if they would take in the show. Rockets guard James Harden said the team will discuss it and decide, though Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said his inclination would be to stay in the locker room.

Chris Paul's absence, defensive woes slow Rockets' progress entering opener - Houston Chronicle
If nothing else, Mike D'Antoni's ability to find the bright side was in midseason form.

NBA preview 2017: Rockets really have Chris Paul and James Harden. Wow - SBNation.com
We’re still not sure how this happened, but Rockets fans sure are excited to see it.

NBA: New Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta doesn't see need for big changes
Tilman Fertitta became a "Billion Dollar Buyer" himself when he purchased the Rockets for $2.2 billion. How hands-on does he plan to be? Will he readily go into the luxury tax?

Rockets waive Cam Oliver and Danuel House Jr. - Houston Chronicle
The Rockets on Sunday waived former University of Houston and Texas A&M forward Danuel House Jr. and rookie Cam Oliver, reducing their roster to 14 players, not including the two-way contract with guard Demetrius Jackson.

Rockets reduce roster to 15 players - Houston Chronicle
The Rockets on Friday reduced their roster to before Monday's deadline to set the regular-season rosters, releasing guards Isaiah Taylor and George de Paula, and forwards Tim Quarterman and Chris Johnson.

Houston Rockets: 5 things we learned from the preseason
The Houston Rockets finished the preseason with a 4-1 record. Here are the five things that we learned from the Rockets in the preseason.


NBA News

Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside gave us the best NBA Twitter beef - SBNation.com
"Your +/- was ass"

Kawhi Leonard will miss Spurs season opener, Gregg Popovich says - SBNation.com
We still don’t know a timetable for his return.

A Celtics team 5 years in the making | SB Nation’s 2017-18 NBA preview
The Celtics finally went for it and reconstructed their team. Now, all they have to do is wait and see when it actually works.

The culture that saved the Thunder | SB Nation’s 2017-18 NBA preview
The bedrock that the Thunder built allowed them to pounce and get Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. Will it keep them in town?

The Warriors never fully embraced Oakland | SB Nation’s 2017-18 NBA preview
With the Warriors inevitably moving to San Francisco, they’re hoping that winning championships is enough to appease long-time Oakland fans.

25 non-Warriors reasons to watch the NBA | SB Nation’s 2017-18 NBA preview
The Warriors are the overwhelming favorites to win the title, but there are so many other reasons to pay attention to the NBA this season.

This NBA offseason was bananas, and we’ve got the list to prove it | SB Nation’s 2017-18 NBA preview
And the wild, wild West got most of the love.


Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Final Score/Post-Game Recap: Texans 33, Browns 17 - Battle Red Blog
The Texans stroll to victory in a one-sided affair against the Browns.

Astros 2, Yankees 1: Correa, Altuve race to a 2-0 lead in the ALCS - The Crawfish Boxes

WOW. Just wow.

Lack of trust in kickers costs Texas against No. 12 Oklahoma - Burnt Orange Nation

A narrow five-point margin leaves questions about the future of the Longhorns kicking game.

Weekend Warzone: Oklahoma won a big gold hat - Frogs O' War

Oklahoma owns Texas, and Iowa State needs to chill out

Final: Okie State, A Bunch — Baylor, Not Nearly Enough - Our Daily Bears

Baylor scored on a 12-play, 75-yard drive to start the game. Then a lot of other stuff happened.

Red Raider Ravioli: this hurts.... - Viva The Matadors

The new Sunday column starts under a bad light

By the Numbers: Texas A&M sneaks past Florida in The Swamp, 19-17 - Good Bull Hunting

A look at some of the stats from a very gritty win.

LSU 27, Auburn 24: Post-Game Review - And The Valley Shook

Breaking down the signature win of the 2017 season.

Shooting From The Hip: Oklahoma 29, Texas 24 - Barking Carnival

Tom Herman has undeniably forged a team that doesn't quit when it gets punched in the mouth.

The next step is getting our hands above our waist some time in the first four rounds of the fight.

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Three Things We Learned From Conference USA in Week Seven - Underdog Dynasty

Time to recognize Mason Fine as one of the best quarterbacks in the conference.

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City Final Score: Dynamo, Sporting draw game; clinch playoffs - Dynamo Theory

Neither team scored but both got into the playoffs.