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Harden’s heroics nowhere to be found in ugly Game 3 loss

Houston Chronical (Jenny Dial Creech) — This time, Harden wasn’t on his knees on the floor, his head wasn’t in his hands, he wasn’t crushed by thoughts of what might have been. Instead, he was on the bench, his warmups on, the towel...
  • New: 13 min ago

Warriors send the cavalry at Harden in attempt to keep him uncomfortable

Houston Chronical (Jonathan Feigen) — The Warriors have used Klay Thompson as their primary defender on James Harden, but in addition to putting Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala on Harden as they had during the regular season, they...
  • New: 3 hr 51 min ago

Rockets looking for help on the offensive glass

Houston Chronical (Jonathan Feigen) — Going into Saturday’s game, the Rockets had lost all five playoff games this postseason in which they had 12 or fewer offensive rebounds, including the first two games of the series. The Rockets...
  • New: 3 hr 52 min ago

Despite shooting woes, Kevin McHale wants Josh Smith to let it fly

Houston Chronical (Jonathan Feigen) — Though Rockets forward Josh Smith had a tough night shooting the ball in Game 2 on Thursday, making 5 of 17 shots, Rockets coach Kevin McHale said he would never tell a player not to shoot. He...
  • New: 3 hr 54 min ago

Live: Rockets vs. Warriors Game 3

Houston Chronical (Ultimate Rockets) — Follow live as the Chronicle Sports team provides live coverage of Game 3 between the Warriors and the Rockets.
  • New: 3 hr 56 min ago

Rockets move on from Game 2 game-ending blunder

Houston Chronical (Cory McCord) — The last play of Game 2 in Oakland on Thursday night has been everywhere since it happened. Despite the painful memory of not getting off a shot in the last second that could have given the...
  • New: 5 hr 13 min ago

Warriors thriving in hostile playoff environments on the road as of late

Houston Chronical (Jonathan Feigen) — The Warriors went into Saturday’s game having won at least one road game in every playoff series in each of the three seasons since their core got together, winning in Denver, Los Angeles (against...
  • New: 5 hr 50 min ago

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says flight delay is a non-issue

Houston Chronical (Jonathan Feigen) — The Warriors were delayed getting out of Oakland on Friday, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr said since the team had advance warning of the delay and made the best of it. Coaches studied game tape....
  • New: 5 hr 51 min ago

GMs of Rockets, Warriors have a mutual respect for unusual paths, methods

Houston Chronical (Brian T. Smith) — Bob Myers watches the battle about 10 rows off the floor, becoming a Bay Area kid again as Golden State comes closer than it has in 39 years to reaching the NBA Finals. Daryl Morey quietly paces...
  • New: 7 hr 18 min ago

Rivalry between James Harden and Klay Harden has roots in Southern California

Houston Chronical (Jenny Dial Creech) — Klay Thompson’s name wasn’t even mentioned on the scouting report. The sophomore at Santa Margarita High School was getting ready to face a junior from Artesia High School, James Harden, in the...
  • New: 7 hr 37 min ago

How the Rockets got Dwight Howard ready to play Game 2 and beyond after knee injury

Houston Chronical (Jonathan Feigen) — The Game 1 video was studied immediately after the game ended, just to be sure, but it gave up its secrets quickly and a game plan was set. Jason Biles, the Rockets’ head athletic trainer, checked...
  • New: 7 hr 47 min ago

Dwight Howard says knee ‘felt pretty good’ after giving it a go in Game 2

Houston Chronical (Jonathan Feigen) — After playing 40 minutes in Game 2 with a sprained left knee, Rockets center Dwight Howard said he not only came away with no further issues from the workload, but felt much better on Saturday...
  • New: 11 hr 34 min ago

Rockets-Warriors Game 3 Preview: Must Win in Houston

The Dream Shake (Danny Emerman) — The Rockets look to recover from a heart-breaking Game 2 loss after going down 0-2 in the series. The Western Conference Finals is shifting to Houston tonight, with the Golden State Warriors ...
  • 14 hr 39 min ago

Rockets not worried about putting on a show, they want to win

Houston Chronical (Jonathan Feigen) — Though much has been made of the entertainment value of the play of the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Rockets’ James Harden, the Rockets said they could not share the excitement of a show when they...
  • 1 day 3 hr ago

Dwight Howard makes it through Game 2 with no injury setback

Houston Chronical (Jonathan Feigen) — After coming through Game 2 without any setbacks in his comeback from a sprained knee, Rockets center Dwight Howard was upgraded from questionable to probable to play in Saturday’s Game 3. “Him...
  • 1 day 3 hr ago

Film-Study: Breaking down James Harden's Game 2

The Dream Shake (alykhanb) — The genius of James Harden was on display Thursday night in Oakland. We take a look back at the film and breakdown how special of a player he is. For the majority of his tenure in Houston, James...
  • 1 day 5 hr ago

Rockets-Warriors matchup has some bad free-throw shooters

Houston Chronical (Brian Reynolds) — Big men like Dwight Howard never have been known for their skill from the foul line. That might explain while the Clippers’ comparatively tiny Chris Paul was so quick to comically jump on...
  • 1 day 5 hr ago

The Sports Update: Solomon, Smith on Harden’s decision, Rockets’ missed chances

Houston Chronical (Ultimate Rockets) — The Chronicle’s Jerome Solomon and Brian T. Smith discuss James Harden’s decision to pass during the final seconds of Game 2 and the Rockets’ missed opportunities in the loss at...
  • 1 day 10 hr ago

Rockets’ Dwight Howard listed as probable for Game 3

Houston Chronical (Reid Laymance) — Dwight Howard is officially listed as probable for Game 3, the team announced Friday. Howard, who hurt is left knee in the opener, returned for Game 2 and played 40 minutes and scored 19 points...
  • 1 day 10 hr ago

ESPN analyst Van Gundy admits a hint of bias toward Warriors

Houston Chronical (Ultimate Rockets) — By Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle Jeff Van Gundy admits that he might be a little biased in his thinking, but he believes the Warriors could become a dynasty. The former NBA coach —...
  • 1 day 10 hr ago