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Are the Rockets moving on from Howard already?     Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

By: Jordan Smith

With the 35th pick in the NBA draft, the Houston Rockets selected Chinanu Onuaku, Center from Louisville. This 6'10", 230 pound Center is a very good player that has had his way in college, averaging 9.9 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game, as well as 2.0 blocks per game and a shooting percentage of 62%. Want to see what this guy can do? Here's a video of his highlight reel from this past season below.

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Will these two be teammates come Halloween?     Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

By: Jordan Smith

Dwight Howard, as expected, has opted out of his contract and has will become an Unrestricted free agent starting on July 1st when Free Agency begins. However, according to Johnathan Feigen with the Houston Chronicle:

"Howard has not ruled out returning to the Rockets, according to the person familiar with his thinking."

Would Dwight Howard returning be a smart idea? Of course it would. He is the #1 Center in the game and his presence on defense with not only his shot blocking ability but also his rebounding skill is second to none. He opted out of a $23.3 Million option to basically test his market value. If he comes back, he might even consider taking a pay cut so that they can get a premier free agent to add to the team (KEVIN DURANT). But, if he doesn't come back, that is going to be almost $45-$50 Million dollars that the Houston Rockets will have in cap room this offseason to rebuild the team and also sign some premier free agents to add to this roster to get them back to where they were just a couple of seasons ago, which was a Western Conference Finals series win away from the NBA Finals.

Be sure to stay tuned to Houston Sports Beat for the latest in all things Houston Rockets, from the NBA draft coming up tomorrow to the free agent period coming up in about a week or so.

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Correa shines, Astros walk-off

Back at .500% once again!!!!!

By: Jordan Smith

With that, the Houston Astros are back at .500%. Your Houston Astros walk-off to beat the LA Angels of Anaheim by a final score of 3-2. It took a lot of hard work to get to that win however and a lot of great fortune and sheer luck.

It started out badly with Colin McHugh in the Top of the 1st inning giving up the first run of the game to make it 1-0. Later on in the game, McHugh gave up a Solo HR that bounced off of the glass paneling right next to the bottom of the light fixture in left field, which made it 2-0. Later on, in the bottom of the 5th inning, Carlos Correa hit a solo shot to left-center field next to the right bottom side of the light fixture to make it 2-1, Angels still on top. In the 7th inning, Marwin Gonzales stepped up to the plate and hit a double off of the Around the League scoreboard in left field off of the Crawford boxes, just barely getting safe into 2nd base. Colby Rasmus came in as a pinch hitter for Danny Worth in the 7th inning. He struck out, ending the inning and leaving 2 men on base, scoring none. Tony Kemp later came in the 8th inning as a Pinch runner for Evan Gattis in the bottom of the 8th inning. He was left on base however. Jason Castro came into the game in the 8th inning as a pinch hitter for Jake Marisnick, but hit into a double play to end the inning and leave a man on base. It got to the bottom of the 9th inning and the offense went off, looking to claim a victory. In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Houston Astros in 4 batters got 2 hits (Altuve and Correa), 2 Runs (Springer and Gonzales), 2 Walks (Springer and Gonzales), and 1 stolen base (Springer).

The pitching performance was stellar as well. Colin went 7 innings, allowed 2 runs, 5 hits allowed, and threw 6 k's. All 3 of the relievers that came in combined for 2 innings, 0 runs allowed, 2 k's, 0 walks, and 0 hits allowed.

The Houston Astros are now back at a .500% record for the first time since the Astros were 1-1 this season on April 6th.

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