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Houston Rockets News: February 12, 2018

Your one-stop shop for Houston Rockets, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, February 12, 2018.

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Houston Rockets News

Unselfish teammates, role versatility keys to Rockets' potential - Houston Chronicle
When asked if his revised starting lineup, with P.J. Tucker starting and Ryan Anderson coming off the bench, was a temporary experiment or plan going forward, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni considered it neither. He did not want to commit one way or another, but said he was most pleased that Anderson expressed no concern with the role.

Defending the 3 key to Rockets' winning streak - Houston Chronicle
As much emphasis as the Rockets have long put on shooting 3s, a key to their seven-game winning streak has been how they have defended the 3-point line. Opponents have made just 32.4 percent of their 3s, the fifth-best 3-point defense in the NBA in that stretch, with the Nuggets going just 3 of 28 from the 3-point line on Friday, making the fewest 3s with the worst percentage (10.7 percent) against the Rockets this season.

The Rockets are stacking depth. Could they really make a run at the Warriors? - The Washington Post
Veteran scorer Joe Johnson reportedly committed to signing with Houston after his buyout was completed with Sacramento on Saturday.

Joe Johnson commits to signing with Rockets | abc13.com
Joe Johnson has committed to signing with the Houston Rockets after his contract buyout from the Sacramento Kings was completed Saturday, league sources told ESPN.

Rockets push winning streak to 8 with victory over Mavericks - Houston Chronicle
From the start, the greatest question seemed to be when the Rockets would begin clearing their bench. They could not win that race with the Mavericks starting to clear theirs when the charter went wheels up from Dallas.

Dallas Mavericks: Final: Mavs fall short vs. Rockets despite 5 scoring in double figures | SportsDay
James Harden scored 27 points, Chris Paul added 25 and the Houston Rockets easily handled the short-handed Dallas Mavericks to get a 104-97 win on Sunday night.


NBA News

This kid using a fidget spinner on his forehead is the MVP of Pistons-Hawks - SBNation.com
I wish I was this cool

LeBron James limped off the court in 1st quarter, still nearly records a triple-double - SBNation.com
James had a rare moment where he looked mortal.

The 9 best moments from Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement - SBNation.com
This was The Captain’s day.

Paul George got a ‘We love Paul’ chant from Thunder fans after Lakers fans tried to take him - SBNation.com
Not so fast, Lakers fans.

The brand new Cavs crushed the Celtics on Paul Pierce’s night, and 8 other things from Sunday - SBNation.com
The Celtics have some things to figure out, and Victor Oladipo is practicing for the dunk contest.

Paul Pierce’s ceremony ruined by 48-minute LeBron James tribute - SBNation.com
We have that and more in Monday’s NBA newsletter.

Cavaliers vs. Celtics: New-look Cleveland didn’t take long to look dominant again - SBNation.com
Watch out, Eastern Conference.


Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Astros considering a swap of OF Tucker for C Realmuto...or not. - The Crawfish Boxes

The Astros are reportedly considering dealing stud prospect Kyle Tucker for Marlins catcher JT Realmuto. But...it doesn’t add up.

Rockets avoid upset, beat Mavericks 104-97 - The Dream Shake

The Rockets weren’t at their best, but still had enough to get past the Mavericks.

As NCAA creates a monster, Tom Herman set to face off with Jimbo Fisher in 2019 recruiting class - Burnt Orange Nation

The first cycle featuring spring visits also features some increased competition from College Station.

No. 20 West Virginia 82, TCU 66: Frogs run out of steam in tough road game - Frogs O’ War

Once again with just 7 scholarship players, TCU ran out of gas and struggled to rebound in a loss to No. 20 West Virginia.

Baylor Beats Texas 74-73 in Double Overtime! - Our Daily Bears

The Bears have won six straight against Texas

VIDEO: pre Oklahoma press conference - Viva The Matadors

Trae Young and many other things in coach Beard’s thoughts

Good Morning, Johnny - Good Bull Hunting

Is this the end of the end?

POSTGAME: LSU 82, Ole Miss 66 - And The Valley Shook

Tigers string together their third straight win in the PMAC

The Final Recruiting Piece: Rice Grad Transfer OT Calvin Anderson - Barking Carnival

The Rice graduate and former Westlake product didn’t enjoy much of a recruiting process as a high school senior, but he’s making up for it as a one year graduate transfer who will choose between...

National Signing Day 2018: Texas State - Underdog Dynasty

The Bobcats sign five on National Signing Day.

Goalkeeper Joe Willis Re-Signs with the Houston Dynamo - Dynamo Theory

The Houston Dynamo now officially have two goalkeepers on the roster with the re-signing of Joe Willis