Houston Rockets Daily Rocket Science: Ups and downs

Mar 14, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The Rockets followed their biggest win of the season with a disappointing performance against their bitter rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers.

Yep, it was sloppy and the Houston Rockets looked uninterested for the most part. They let me get my hopes up a little bit towards the end, only to have the crushed by the likes of Deandre Jordan. They play two other tough teams next week in the Thunder and the Raptors, so a win last night would have been nice. With that, let’s get to today’s Daily Rocket Science.

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This summer should be an interesting/scary/suspenseful/dramatic time for Houston Rockets fans. There will be two primary storylines to follow, according to Space City Scoop’s J.A. Medders. One is the continuation of the Dwight Howard Saga and the other is the competition for next year’s head coaching duties. Both are issues that the Rockets have been dealing with this season and both are issues that will inevitably come back to the surface this summer.

"I don’t fault Bickerstaff for the Rockets’ record. I’m not sure if J.B. Bickerstaff will be the head coach next season or not. The Houston Rockets decided to let him ride out the season and have been tight-lipped ever since. I like Bickerstaff, and I think he’s finding his groove, and it seems he’s settled on a rotation that works. The players also seem to respect him and like playing for him. So, if Morey and the gang give Bickerstaff the keys for another season, I wouldn’t be upset about it."

Speaking of Dwight Howard, there have recently been even more rumors about where he wants to play next season. It’s always hard to tell which rumors have any merit to them and which ones do not, but the newest one is fairly interesting. Bleacher Report’s Scott Polacek reported that there have been rumors that link Superman to the New York Knicks. In addition to that, the GM Daryl Morey attempted to dodge questions about resigning the big man during the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference this past weekend. It’s a very real possibility that this will be Howard’s last season in a Rockets uniform.

"During the front office panel, ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, who was moderating, asked Morey about re-signing Dwight Howard. Morey immediately replied: “Uh oh.” MacMullan pressed the Rockets GM on negotiations. He responded that the  ’s max salary threshold keeps things simple. MacMullan asked, ‘So you’re re-signing him?’ To which Morey responded: “I just said they had the concept.” NBA"

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Despite the Rockets’ struggles this season, some writers are choosing to stay optimistic. The Rockets will probably not have to face the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs (knock on wood), but Space City Scoop’s newest contributor Brandon Datray has a gameplan mapped out just in case they do. If Houston does end up having to face Steph Curry and company, I say they give his strategy a try.

"K.J. is the most athletic player on the team. He has an insane vertical and great recovery defense. His job will be guarding Stephen Curry, and by guarding i mean he will not leave his hip for every second he is on the court. From the inbound way on the other side of the court till there is a timeout or quarter break McDaniels will closely guard Curry."

That’ll do it for today’s DRS. Make sure you check out our summary of the Clippers game last night and check back in tomorrow for more Daily Rocket Science and a game prediction for the contest with the Timberwolves.

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