Houston Rockets Daily Rocket Science: A Carousel Season

Jan 10, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

“Life is like a carousel: Sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down, and sometimes you just go round and round. Just remember to enjoy the ride.”

A carousel is the perfect example to describe the Houston Rockets. Some nights, the Rockets look like they are one of the top teams in the Association. While other nights, they look worse than the Philadelphia 76ers. After they defeated the Miami Heat Tuesday, expect the Rockets to go on a brief two game winning streak, as they take on the second worst team in the Western Conference the Phoenix Suns.

A carousel can not only describe the Rockets play on the court, but off as well. It seems like every other week it’s the same old stories. Either it’s regarding an injury to one of their role players, or rumors surrounding the future of Dwight Howard‘s career in Clutch City.

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Despite the Rockets intentions of keeping their all-star center, Dwight Howard continues to find his name among trade talks. The most recent rumor came from Matthew Geagan of CBS Boston. In Geagan’s article, he reported that the Boston Celtics are reportedly in trades talks with the Rockets about acquiring Dwight Howard.

"The Boston Celtics are expected to be a busy team at the NBA’s trade deadline, which is just over two weeks away. The trade winds are starting to pick up, with the Celtics reportedly chatting with the Houston Rockets about a potential swap for center Dwight Howard."

It’s no secret that the Celtics are in desperate need for a big man. Over the past two years they have been linked to multiple trade rumors regarding Sacramento Kings all-star, DeMarcus Cousins. Since there is no chance of landing arguably the league’s best center, the Celtics have lower their  standards a bit and are now going after Superman.

Boston unquestionably have a few assets that would fit well in Houston. Jae Crowder, Evan Turner, and Avery Bradley are no scrubs. As bad as the Rockets’ defense has been this season, I would love to bring these defensive studs to Clutch City.

However, they are NOT worth trading Dwight Howard for. The only player on the Celtics roster valuable enough in a trade for Howard is first time All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas. Even then, I would not be too sold on that trade.

Hopefully the Celtics will find the big man they have longed for, but Boston is not in Dwight Howard’s future. As for the Rockets, unless Daryl Morey can work out a trade for Cousins or Blake Griffin, in my opinion Houston should not be willing to trade Howard for anyone. Sorry Celtics Nation.

For Rockets and die hard fans of the bearded one great news. According to the Houston Rockets’ Twitter account, James Harden‘s 2016 All-Star jerseys have arrived and will go on sale this weekend.

Harden All Star jerseys have arrived! Come Saturday from 10am-3pm to Rockets Team Shop in @ToyotaCenter for yours! pic.twitter.com/mn3hefTo1J

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) February 3, 2016

As the Rockets prepare to take on the Phoenix Suns tonight, they will be without forward Terrence Jones. According Johnathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, T-Jones was involved in a car accident on the way to the team’s flight to Phoenix, and will miss Thursday night’s game. The Houston Rockets released the following statement on their Twitter account.

Team statement on Terrence Jones. #GetWellSoon pic.twitter.com/ItDmR5Ylnm

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) February 4, 2016

On behalf the staff writers here at Space City Scoop, we wish you nothing but the best. Get well soon T-Jones!

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