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Houston Rockets News: February 19, 2018

Your one-stop shop for Houston Rockets, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, February 19, 2018.

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Houston Rockets News

Rockets' All-Star James Harden finding out it's lonely at the top - Houston Chronicle
James Harden was angry or at least annoyed. The best record in the NBA did not change that. It made the feelings grow stronger.

Houston Rockets: Tilman Fertitta is willing to win at all costs
After purchasing the Houston Rockets for $2.2 billion last summer, Tilman Fertitta is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win at all costs.

Houston Rockets: How Chris Paul helped change the NBA All-Star Game
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul had a huge hand in changing the format of the NBA All-Star Game to what it is today. What went about? Take a look.

Suns' Devin Booker wins 3-point contest, Rockets' Eric Gordon finishes sixth - Houston Chronicle
The reigning champion's honor of going last in the 3-point contest did not work well for Eric Gordon. After sitting through the first seven shooters, by the time he caught a rhythm on the final rack of balls, it was too late.

Houston Rockets: Why Rudy Tomjanovich deserves to be a Hall of Famer
The Houston Rockets have been an organization that is traditionally-centered around winning and seasons of futility are few-and-far between. There’s a certain level of expectations that this franchise has and the bar remains as high as possible to ensure that the legacy lives on from each era to the next.

Mike D'Antoni Jokes Warriors Players Tried Drawing Up Plays in NBA All-Star Game | Bleacher Report
The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors may have a budding rivalry, but members of both parties were able to get along during Sunday night's All-Star Game...

Houston Rockets: Tilman Fertitta's latest stance on paying luxury tax
Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta is facing the reality to ponying up luxury tax money to keep this team viable. What his latest stance? Take a look.

Rockets news: GM Daryl Morey confirms playoff formats are being seriously looked at
The NBA has been looking at potentially changing up the playoff format to have the 16 teams with the best record make the postseason. Now, however, it appears Rockets GM Daryl Morey...


NBA News

Dennis Smith Jr. dunk: Let’s admire this between-the-legs 360 from every possible angle - SBNation.com
This was the best dunk of the night, by far. Let’s make sure it’s never forgotten.

NBA Dunk Contest: Dennis Smith Jr. adds to the annals of 360 history - SBNation.com
He pushed this iconic dunk one step further. Here’s a history of our favorite genre of slams.

Tracking all the sneakers from NBA All-Star Weekend - SBNation.com
Who’s got the best kicks from the weekend? Here they all are.

NBA All-Star Game 2018: Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are teammates again - SBNation.com
They’re on the same All-Star team, but a lot has happened since they were actual teammates last year.

The 5 strangest moments from the NBA’s All-Star Game intro in LA - SBNation.com
I really have no clue what just happened.

Giannis Antetokounmpo got called for a goaltend on this block and we can’t believe it - SBNation.com
Neither can Stephen Curry.

2018 NBA All-Star Game halftime show: Pharrell Williams, N.E.R.D, and Migos were awesome - SBNation.com
What a fun show!

Anthony Davis is wearing DeMarcus Cousins’ jersey in the All-Star game - SBNation.com
What a teammate.

LeBron James is so damn happy his team came back to win the All-Star Game - SBNation.com
I’ve never seen this from James in an All-Star game before

LeBron James wins 2018 NBA All-Star Game MVP - SBNation.com
This was a well-deserved MVP. He earned it.

NBA All-Star Game 2018 highlights: LeBron James and Kevin Durant played perfect defense on Steph Curry to end the game - SBNation.com
Two of the best ever!

NBA All-Star Game 2018: Highlights, results, and more from an actually exciting All-Star Game - SBNation.com
Top vote-getters LeBron James and Stephen Curry are vying to lead their teams to victory

NBA Scores 2018: The best 13 moments from Sunday’s All-Star game - SBNation.com
What a finish!


Houston & Collegiate Sports News

The Film Room: Saquon Barkley Is The Second Coming Of LaDainian Tomlinson - Battle Red Blog
And unfortunately, he might be in the AFC South very soon.

The Dream Shake Podcast, Ep. 52: Best in the West - The Dream Shake

Ryan, Ethan, and Max talk about the Rockets’ addition of Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright.

Texas offers under-the-radar TE Jared Wiley - Burnt Orange Nation

The ‘Horns are one of the first schools to officially enter the mix for the Central Texas product.

TCU Baseball drops finale to GCU 9-8 in 12 - Frogs O’ War

The Cardiac Frogs fought back but fell short after a sloppy 12th inning.

Baylor Beats Texas Tech 59-57 - Our Daily Bears

Behind Terry Maston’s second excellent game this week, Baylor (17-10, 7-7) knocked off Texas Tech (22-5, 10-4) 59-57. Baylor has now won five consecutive games. The Bears return to the court at...

Player of the week: Keenan Evans - Viva The Matadors

For better or worse, No. 12 was once again the most discussed player in Lubbock

Texas A&M Baseball: Ags Sweep Rhody on Opening Weekend - Good Bull Hunting

And what an eventful season opener it was!

LSU Making Moves to Bolster Cornerback Depth - And The Valley Shook

Freshman receiver Mannie Netherly to work at cornerback this spring.

BWG Invades Your Earholes 02.14.18 - Barking Carnival

On this week’s Pretend We’re Football, Will, Tim, and I discuss how we’d like to be executed as a way to put off talking about basketball, but we discussed the state of the Texas Longhorns, their...

Let’s examine the 2018 S&P+ Projections for Conference USA - Underdog Dynasty

Bill Connelly has released his 2018 S&P+ projections, an advanced stat that combines recent history, returning production, and recruiting rankings.

Here’s how Bill’s numbers project Conference USA...

Preseason Recap: Houston Dynamo 1, Portland Timbers 1 - Dynamo Theory

The Houston Dynamo drew the Portland Timbers 1-1 in their opening match of the Mobile Mini Sun Cup