Wednesday’s game against the Heat could see super sub Eric Gordon back in action after sitting out the last two games due to a sore back.
Gordon is expected to attend practice today.
“I think he should be OK tomorrow,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said of Gordon on local radio Sports 790. “He was almost ready to play Saturday. If it was Sunday, he would’ve probably played. We’re not going to rush it for sure and if there’s any hesitation, we won’t do it, but I expect him to play tomorrow.”
The Rockets could use him as the Heat, while losers of their last two games, are recently off of a 13-game winning streak.
Gordon’s back isn’t the only injury the team has been dealing with. Ryan Anderson, who cut his finger on a piece of glass while taking out the trash, participated in Rockets practice today.
“I was pushing something down the trash chute and a piece of glass chunked a whole piece of my thumb off,” Anderson said to the Houston Chronicle. “It was bleeding for about an hour. I had to go to the emergency room. I’ll live though.”
Wednesday’s game is the last one for the 40-win Rockets before the All-Star break. They return to action February 23 against the Pelicans in New Orleans.
“I’m very, very honored and proud to be here,” said Hakeem Olajuwon before the game.
During the game, the fans of Houston showed how proud they were of him.
The Rockets honored Olajuwon Tuesday night, playing this tribute video after the third quarter in their 128-104 win against the Orlando Magic. The fans couldn’t get to their feet fast enough once it was over, giving Olajuwon a long and loud standing ovation.
Take a look.
Olajuwon also spoke with us before the game, answering questions ranging from his favorite memories in Houston to President Donald Trump and the current political climate regarding Muslims.
The Rockets have called Houston home since 1971 after relocating from San Diego. Since the beginning of the season, the organization has honored some of their best alumni at home games throughout the year. Shane Battier and Yao Ming were honored earlier this month at their respective games.
“Fifty years – it’s an incredible milestone, but being part of the community is both historical and aspirational based on where the organization is,” Rockets CEO Tad Brown said to the Houston Chronicle last September. “Having won the only major sports championships in the city, you have this connection with fans that historically is celebratory.”
Olajuwon, who originally won over the city while playing college ball at the University of Houston, was with the Rockets for 17 years and led the team to back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995. The first 3,000 fans at tonight’s game will receive this Hakeem hat.
The Rockets retired Yao Ming’s jersey Friday night at halftime of their game against the Bulls, and the whole thing was first class all the way. The Rockets brought in Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Shane Battier and Yao’s family for the occasion.
But the intro video telling the story of Yao that opened the ceremony? Phenomenal. It got a little dusty in here at the end.
Here’s my recording of it:
If you want to watch my fan recording of the entire ceremony, here it is:
Dwight Howard is back in Houston — this time as a member of the Atlanta Hawks.
As Howard made his first return Thursday night since leaving the Rockets as a free agent in the summer of 2016, the Rockets paid tribute to him with a ‘Thank You’ video that they aired in the first quarter.
Howard was initially received by the crowd with a mixture of cheers and boos as he was introduced. Those boos grew louder early on as Howard threw down four slams in the first four minutes of the game. But when the tribute video aired, there was some nice applause as Howard acknowledged the crowd.
I’m firmly of the opinion that Dwight deserves applause, despite the painful 2015-16 season, Dwight’s last with the team. This was a superstar who left a glamour city to come here and join forces with James Harden. He represented the city well, always willing to get involved in the community. He also was the team’s best playoff performer while here and, frankly, I don’t think it was that close.
But that final season left a sour taste with some. Harden and Howard never seemed to be on the same page and the egos of both players definitely played a role.
After a brilliant start, the Houston Rockets have lost six of their last nine games.
David Weiner, aka BimaThug, joins the podcast as we discuss what’s currently ailing the Rockets and how that could change things as we inch closer to next month’s trade deadline. The discussion ranges from the new CBA, to Carmelo Anthony to players around the league that could draw interest from Daryl Morey and the Rockets.
It’s official: James Harden will start the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
That may seem silly as far as being news. After all, Harden is having a monster year and is the leading candidate for MVP through half the season. But in the West, it’s not that simple.
Stephen Curry, a media darling, is coming off back-to-back MVP seasons. Russell Westbrook, a huge fan favorite, is averaging a triple-double. With only two guards allowed to start, the clear frontrunner was not even a lock to crack the top two.
But they got it right and Harden gets the starting nod. This is the fifth time Harden will be on the All-Star team but the first time he will be a starter. It’s extremely well deserved. The Rockets are 33-12 behind Harden’s averages of 28.9 points on 44.4% shooting, a league-leading 11.6 assists and 8.3 rebounds.
Props to Houston’s fans who did their part, staying on top of social media to help get the fan vote. The media and players made up the other 50%, but the fan vote was going to play a big role.