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Houston Rockets News: October 23, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Rockets, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, October 23, 2017.

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Houston Rockets News

Briante Weber agrees to two-way contract with Houston Rockets
Free-agent guard and defensive specialist Briante Weber has agreed to a two-way contract with the Rockets and will initially report to the team's G League affiliate, sources told ESPN.

NBA Power Rankings: Rockets debut at No. 1; Pelicans at No. 18 | NOLA.com
The NBA rankings after the first week of action.

Chris Paul's injury causes Rockets to re-evaluate James Harden plan - Houston Rockets Blog- ESPN
The Rockets hoped to ease up on James Harden's minutes as they worked Chris Paul into the fold, but Paul's injury has them adjusting their strategy.

Game Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets - Grizzly Bear Blues
This will be an early battle of two undefeated Western Conference October heavyweights.

The Houston Rockets are hungry, talented and 3-0
The Houston Rockets started the season by beating the Golden State Warriors, but do they have what it takes to knock them off the Western Conference throne?

3-0 Rockets, finding defense, await Grizzlies
It was an expected answer to a question that was sure to yield this precise response, with Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni offering measured praise over the promising start enjoyed by his unbeaten team with the first week of the schedule set to bleed into the second. After the Rockets (3-0)

Houston Rockets owner Tillman Fertitta open to fans' suggestions on uniforms | NBA.com
When Tillman Fertitta took over as the new owner of the Houston Rockets weeks ago, it was a dream come true for the native Houstonian. As his Rockets look to navigate the Western Conference and reach their first NBA Finals since 1995, Fertitta is taking a look at many aspects of the team at large.

Demetrius Jackson likely to shuttle between Rockets, G League - Houston Chronicle
The injury to Chris Paul not only moved Demetrius Jackson into the Rockets' rotation as a backup point guard, it could have him on the Rio Grande Valley shuttle. Because Jackson is on a two-way contract, he is limited to 45 days with the Rockets, with the rest of his time to be spent in the G League. The count begins with the start of Vipers' training camp on Monday.

NBA Rumors: Latest on Rockets' Plans, Jameer Nelson and More | Bleacher Report
The fresh NBA season features plenty of faces in new places yet manages to feel the same in many ways. There's been a big injury like the one suffered by Gordon Hayward. DeMarcus Cousins is already in trouble ...


NBA News

NBA Scores 2017: Earl Watson’s firing and 8 other things from a busy Sunday - SBNation.com
Sunday night was wild in the NBA, even with just three games.

Timberwolves-Thunder gave us our first wild NBA finish of the season - SBNation.com
Seven seconds on the clock is, apparently, too much.

The bank is always open for Andrew Wiggins - SBNation.com
We have that and more in Monday’s NBA newsletter.

Earl Watson fired as Suns coach just 3 games into 2017-18 season - SBNation.com
Earl Watson is out as the Phoenix Suns head coach after just three games

Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan, and the Suns: An hour of NBA chaos - SBNation.com
NBA, can you chill?

Earl Watson is the first head coach fired in the NBA since 2016 - SBNation.com
The NBA was on an all-time streak of keeping head coaches in place before Watson was fired.


Houston & Collegiate Sports News

The Film Room: Carson Wentz Is What Texans Fans Hope Deshaun Watson Becomes - Battle Red Blog
The Eagles look like a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and their second-year quarterback is the biggest reason why.

Astros 4, Yankees 0: Houston punches ticket to the World Series - The Crawfish Boxes

Charlie Morton sets the tone with five strong innings in game seven.

Texas loses another heartbreaker in OT to Oklahoma State on bad INT - Burnt Orange Nation

Same story, different week.

Lessons Learned: TCU 43, KU 0 - Frogs O' War

The Frogs turn to a new chapter in the Kansas series, as the expected struggle never eventuated.

Final: WVU 38, Baylor 36 - Our Daily Bears

I didn’t have anything written for this.

Instant Reaction: Texas Tech vs. Iowa State - Viva The Matadors

The Red Raiders were humiliated by a motivated Cyclone team.

BYE WEEK ALL CAPS: A SALUTE TO OUR DEEP SNAPPER - Good Bull Hunting

MOST UNDERAPPRECIATED MAN ON THIS TEAM

First Impressions: LSU 40, Ole Miss 24 - And The Valley Shook

The Derrius Guice game.

Shooting From the Hip: OSU 13, Texas 10 - Barking Carnival

I am absolutely volcanic right now, so I’ll try and knock this out fast before I burst a blood vessel in my eye.

OFFENSE

Did the players help lose this game?

Absolutely.

Five drops on potential...

UTSA earns first conference win over Rice 20-7 - Underdog Dynasty

The Roadrunners had a dominating defensive day to spark a homecoming victory.

Houston Dynamo to play Sporting Kansas City in Thursday night playoff game - Dynamo Theory

The Houston Dynamo will host rival in first round of playoffs.