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Your one-stop shop for Houston Rockets, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, October 18, 2017.

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Houston Rockets News

The Rockets are still figuring out how to use Chris Paul - SBNation.com
Chris Paul ended a close game against the Warriors on the bench.

Chris Paul watches Houston Rockets close out win over Golden State Warriors from bench
Chris Paul spent the final 4 minutes, 47 seconds of Houston's road win over Golden State on the Rockets bench due to a sore knee.

Rockets rally to defeat defending champs Warriors to start 2017-18 | abc13.com
On a night that saw the debut of Chris Paul with the Rockets, Houston got much-needed help from the team's less lauded offseason pickups to beat the Warriors, 122-121.

Preview: Rockets vs. Kings - Houston Chronicle
The Rockets have won 12 of the past 13 meetings with the Kings, including a season sweep last year, their first against the Kings since 1997-98.

Houston Rockets top Golden State Warriors, 122-121 | OregonLive.com
The Warriors had one last chance with 10.6 seconds left and Durant came up with the ball after Stephen Curry had missed. Durant and the Warriors thought they'd won and confetti began to fall when the two remaining officials - the third got hurt in the fourth quarter - reviewed the play and said Durant's shot was after the buzzer.

Rockets remain in locker room during Warriors ring ceremony - Houston Chronicle
The Rockets spent the Warriors' 13-minute ring/banner ceremony in the Oracle Arena visitors' locker room, believing that might be a bit too long to sit around watching from the bench. The way Mike D'Antoni saw it, the Rockets were already as motivated as they could get.

Rockets' Clint Capela not concerned about contract status - Houston Chronicle
Rockets center Clint Capela said he had no issue with the Rockets allowing Monday's deadline to pass before reaching an agreement on an extension of his contract, but was non-committal about his plans or goals when he becomes a restricted free agent after the season.


NBA News

Celtics’ Gordon Hayward suffers horrific ankle injury in season opener - SBNation.com
Hayward’s season could very well be over before it started.

Kevin Durant hit a shot at the buzzer to beat the Rockets but it didn't count - SBNation.com
So, so close.

Kyrie Irving had a special moment with LeBron James and Cavaliers after season opener - SBNation.com
All offseason drama aside, Kyrie and his former team shared warm moments after a hard fought opener.

LeBron James went to check on Gordon Hayward in the locker room after he suffered horrific injury - SBNation.com
Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love, and Isaiah Thomas also checked in on Hayward.

The Warriors' new championship rings are pretty as hell - SBNation.com
For real though.


Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Houston Texans Podcast 2049 - Battle Red Blog
Matt Weston, BFD, and our old friend Diehard Chris break down the win over Cleveland and squash some Blade Runner beef at 7 p.m. CDT.

Yankees 6, Astros 4: Astros bullpen meltdown ties ALCS at 2-2 - The Crawfish Boxes

No one ever said it was going to be easy

The Longhorn Republic looks at missed opportunities against Oklahoma - Burnt Orange Nation

Texas was a few breaks away from a win in Dallas, but the Longhorns must regroup quickly as they welcome Oklahoma State

State of Texas Power Rankings: Week Seven Chaos Edition - Frogs O' War

We need to talk about Texas A&M...

Baylor Basketball Hosts Houston Saturday at Ferrell Center in Exhibition Game - Our Daily Bears

The Bears will play the Cougars

Write for Viva The Matadors! - Viva The Matadors

We are currently looking for more contributors to cover football and basketball.

It’s time to stop rooting for Kevin Sumlin to leave - Good Bull Hunting

The Texas A&M head coach is used to the hot seat. But can he survive amid total chaos in the SEC West?

Anatomy Of A Comeback - And The Valley Shook

How to spot your opponent 20

BC: Unplugged.....OU Still Sucks - Barking Carnival

The Longhorns got punched in the mouth (multiple times) early, showed guts and resiliency as they fought back to take the lead in the 4th, but ultimately....they fell to the Land Thieves in Dallas....

Underdog Pawdcast Episode 30 - AAC in the Polls, Week 8 Preview - Underdog Dynasty

Some laughed about the idea of a Power Six, but the polls prove the AAC is making the right push.

Columbus Crew SC Exploring Move to Texas - Dynamo Theory

Could Texas be getting a third MLS team? It could come by means of Crew SC relocation