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Rockets’ Eric Gordon Says Houston Will Break 3-Point Record

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Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon is confident that his team can once again break the NBA 3-point record at some point, after an impressive performance against the Washington Wizards.

“We don’t really go for stuff like that, but we know we’re capable of hitting a lot of threes like that. I expect us to do that, it was good to see,” said Gordon, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

“It was our night, but I think we can do more. We’re gonna break the record again. We can make more than 26 threes. We just gotta continue to do what we do and thrive, but tonight was fun.”

The pace was incredible for Houston, and the Wizards were in for a rough night.

“They got a lot of good isolation plays and they made tough threes, the step-back threes were tough and they make them,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.

“They took 55 threes. We knew going into the game they were going to take a lot of them. They were hot and they’ve been hot for a while now. They have a couple of hot players and there’s not much you can do when they’re making contested threes.”

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Mike D’Antoni Ends Contract Extension Talks with Rockets

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Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has ended his contract extension talks with the team, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

D’Antoni will be headed into the final year of his contract when the 2019-2020 season kicks off as talks have ended.

“There are no problems,” D’Antoni said of the contract talks ending, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26. “It doesn’t make me coach any different or have any more worries. So, no, it doesn’t cause any problems.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, the Rockets had offered D’Antoni a pay raise.

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Rockets, Mike D’Antoni Discussing New Contract

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The Houston Rockets and head coach Mike D’Antoni are in talks regarding a new contract with D’Antoni willing to stay with the franchise “for at least another three years, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Since D’Antoni joined the Rockets back in 2016, he has posted a 173-73 record but has lost back-to-back years in the playoffs at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.

“I’ve let [general manager] Daryl [Morey] and [team owner] Tilman [Fertitta] know that I’m energized to keep coaching—and believe that I can continue to do this at a high level for at least another three years,” the 68-year-old two-time Coach of the Year told Wojnarowski. “I want to be a part of a championship here.”

“Mike will be the coach next year” Rockets owner Rilman Fertitta said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“He’s not a lame duck to me. That’s just a media term. That’s just a media buzzword. … We’re more concerned with making our team better next year. Mike will be here. I like Mike. I think he’s a very good coach. Players like playing for him. I keep being told, free agents want to know who the owner is and they want to know who the coach is. Mike and I do well together. Hopefully, we’ll continue to win and Mike will be here for a long time.”

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Rockets’ Clint Capela Dealing with Respiratory Illness

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Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela played poorly during the Rockets’ Game 4 loss to the Utah Jazz, and now there appears to be some sort of explanation as to why he did.

Capela is apparently dealing with two respiratory illnesses and it is affecting his breathing.

“It’s tough, man,” Capela said following Game 4, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “Especially when I try to breathe, it’s hard. I’m just going to fight it the best that I can.”

Capela was diagnosed with both adenovirus and a klebsiella infection.

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