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Harden’s brilliance can’t offset depth woes, Durant in Game 1 loss

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James Harden was spectacular with 41 points (14-of-24 FG) and 7 assists, but the Rockets’ supporting cast didn’t give him nearly enough help in a home Game 1 loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals is Wednesday night at Toyota Center.

Chris Paul (23/11, 8-of-17 FG) and Clint Capela (12/6, 6-of-7 FG) each had their share of positive moments, but ultimately Houston just didn’t have enough firepower to deal with a combined 83 points on better than 50% shooting from Kevin Durant (37), Klay Thompson (28), and Steph Curry (18).

Our recap explores those storylines and more, including whether Mike D’Antoni should occasionally send a second defender to Durant; how depth has suddenly become a major issue for the Rockets, with Luc Mbah a MouteP.J. TuckerTrevor Ariza, and others all having subpar games; and why psychology could be a tougher battle than Xs and Os heading into a must-win Game 2. Tune in:

Ben DuBose has covered the Rockets since the 2008-09 season, from the days of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming to the current version led by James Harden and Chris Paul. In the summer of 2016, DuBose began writing about the Rockets for SportsTalk 790 (the team's official flagship radio station) and launched the daily Locked on Rockets podcast. A native of Beaumont, Texas, DuBose is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Houston with his wife and three dogs.

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Carmelo Anthony signs in Houston, shows willingness to play off bench

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Monday’s show recaps the official signing of Carmelo Anthony and reports that Anthony is open to coming off the bench in Houston this season, with insight on why Melo’s change in perspective regarding a bench role is important. Tune in:

Referenced on the show are comments from head coach Mike D’Antoni. Videos of many of his comments can be seen here:

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Carmelo Anthony commits, and what comes next this offseason

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Tuesday’s show explores the news of Carmelo Anthony‘s official commitment to Houston and the ensuing steps; more evidence that Melo’s struggles in Oklahoma City weren’t related to his mentality; and whether a Ryan Anderson trade could still come later this offseason. Tune in:

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On Houston’s lure to Carmelo Anthony, and what he has left

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After 14 months of waiting, veteran forward Carmelo Anthony finally has the opportunity to become a Houston Rocket after clearing waivers Wednesday afternoon and becoming an unrestricted free agent.

So what should Houston fans expect from the former NBA scoring champion, who also boasts 10 All-Star appearances and three Olympic gold medals on his résumé? Former basketball scout and occasional league insider Jesus Rodriguez, who reported extensively in 2017 on Anthony’s laser focus on Houston, joins the show to explain the factors luring Anthony to the Rockets and what he may have left in the tank at 34 years old. Tune in:

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