It wasn’t aesthetically pleasing, but James Harden and Clint Capela had just enough to lead the top-seeded Rockets to a victory in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series with No. 8 Minnesota in the first round of the NBA’s postseason.
Sunday’s postgame recap explores all the key storylines, led by dominance from Capela (24/12, 3 blocks, 34 minutes) vs. Karl-Anthony Towns, continued MVP excellence from Harden (44 points, 15-of-26 FG, 8 assists), and the need for better performances from Chris Paul and Houston’s supporting cast of shooters (3-of-25 from deep, excluding Harden) in the days and weeks ahead. Tune in:
Why Houston is a better fit for Carmelo Anthony than Oklahoma City
Bleacher Report‘s Kelly Scaletta joins the show to explain why he believes Carmelo Anthony would be a better fit with the Rockets than the Thunder, led by how Chris Paul and James Harden could be better teammates for Anthony than Russell Westbrook. Other topics discussed with Kelly include early reaction to Wednesday’s blockbuster trade sending Kawhi Leonard to Toronto and Demar DeRozan to San Antonio.
The closing segment of the episode examines GM Daryl Morey‘s decision to spurn advances from the Philadelphia 76ers to stay in Houston and why it could speak well to the financial commitment of new owner Tilman J. Fertitta. Tune in:
On the James Ennis signing and latest Carmelo Anthony rumors
Wednesday’s show features reaction to Houston’s signing of 28-year-old swingman James Ennis to a minimum contract, along with news of the Rockets remaining in strong position to add Carmelo Anthony.
Karthik Prasad joins me for analysis, including why the defensive-minded Ennis could become one of the steals of 2018 free agency. Tune in:
On Mbah a Moute’s exit, the likely Melo addition, and Summer League
Monday’s show explores the departure of forward Luc Mbah a Moute and the sudden need for more perimeter defense; the seemingly imminent addition of Carmelo Anthony; and early Summer League standouts, led by Isaiah Hartenstein. Tune in: