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Your one-stop shop for Houston Rockets, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

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Houston Rockets News

Oklahoma City Thunder opens preseason against Houston Rockets - Welcome to Loud City
Even without newly re-signed Russell Westbrook, expect plenty of star power in this pre-season opener

NBA Season Preview 2017: Rockets, Spurs favorites in Southwest Division - Golden State Of Mind
Here’s a look at the new faces and breakout players of the Southwest Division.

Houston Rockets Buyer Tilman Fertitta: My Casino's Pitching In to Help Shooting Victims | TMZ.com
Tilman Fertitta -- the man who just bought the Houston Rockets -- is working with the Vegas casino he owns to help victims.

Rockets' Ryan Anderson hopes to see defensive improvement - Houston Chronicle
Rockets forward Ryan Anderson will likely spend much of his night Tuesday matched up with Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony, giving him a chance to see how he is progressing on one of his primary goals.

Rockets trade two short practices for one long one - Houston Chronicle
With the Rockets preseason opener just two days away, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni dropped Sunday's scheduled second practice, the last planned two-a-day session of training camp, to go through one longer practice.

Rockets ready to take court against Carmelo Anthony - Houston Chronicle
Someone in charge of scheduling must have a sense of humor and plenty of foresight. Either that, or just dumb luck had the Rockets' preseason opener fall just right. Either way, Rockets forward Ryan Anderson chose to just to laugh at the way things turned out.

Rockets rookie Cam Oliver undergoes surgery on broken hand - Houston Chronicle
Rockets rookie forward Cam Oliver underwent surgery on Monday to repair a fractured right hand, the team announced. Oliver will be reevaluated in four to six weeks.


NBA News

Lynx-Sparks rivalry gives us another WNBA Finals Game 5 - SBNation.com
We’re getting ANOTHER Game 5 in the WNBA Finals.

The Lynx took a lead and held it it to win Game 4 vs. the Sparks - SBNation.com
If the Lynx want to redeem themselves, they’ll need to be better than they were on Sunday.

The Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks are a perfectly even match - SBNation.com
It’s one of the best rivalries in sports.

What Russell Westbrook’s decision says about the NBA - SBNation.com
We have that and more in Monday’s NBA newsletter.

How losing Kevin Durant let the Thunder keep Russell Westbrook - SBNation.com
The NBA’s Kevin Durant Rule enabled Oklahoma City to keep its other superstar.

Read the NBA's complete memo on community activism and the anthem rule - SBNation.com
SB Nation has obtained the full memo released by the NBA.


Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Bill O’Brien Speaks: On Titans, Chiefs, More - Battle Red Blog
After the Texans set franchise records yesterday, Bill O’Brien took to the podium to discuss the win and the upcoming SNF game against the Chiefs.

A Look-Back at Pre-season Predictions - The Crawfish Boxes

So how did those predictions from our "experts" work out?

The 2017 Texas Longhorns: A tale of two sides of the ball - Burnt Orange Nation

The ‘Horns are making progress are on defense, but the offense remains a tale of struggle.

Quick Look: West Virginia - Frogs O' War

The Frogs and Mountaineers face off on Saturday in front of a GameDay crowd.

Baylor Plans Ceremonial Running of the Line for Texas Game - Our Daily Bears

On October 28, the women who never got to participate in the Running of the Line will finally get their chance.

Press conference: we didn’t play well enough - Viva The Matadors

Coach Kingsbury analizes the loss against Oklahoma State

Texas A&M has 13 sacks in the last two SEC games - Good Bull Hunting

It’s time to talk about Aggies sacking SEC quarterbacks

Competition Tuesday: How did LSU find Depth Issues? - And The Valley Shook

The depth issues are real. What lead us here?

Chalk Talk: Longhorn D vs Iowa State - Barking Carnival

We needs must discuss the Longhorn O, what’s going wrong and how to duct-tape-and-baling-wire the damned thing before K-State. But why double down on a case of the Mondays with such a distasteful...

Sun Belt Power Rankings: Week Six - Underdog Dynasty

There’s a new top dog.

Houston Dash vs FC Kansas City Final Score: Dash draw final game of the season - Dynamo Theory

Houston Dash and FC Kansas City finish 2017 with a 1-1 draw.