So, uh, it was a big day. At 10:37 a.m., the Woj Bomb dropped.
The deal for Paul, widely-considered one of the top 10 players in the NBA, came at a price, sending a plethora of players, including fan-favorite Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and more back to the Los Angeles Clippers. Patrick wrote an analysis of the CP3 deal, while Sahil penned an ode to PatBev, one of HTBU’s favorite athletes.
General Manager Daryl Morey literally traded for players just to give them away again. In the end, the roster of the Rockets (and Rio Grande Valley Vipers) looks drastically different. Currently, the only contributors from last year’s team still on the team roster are James Harden, Eric Gordon, Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson.
The ‘Stros took it to Oakland early, chasing starter Jesse Hahn in the third inning and feasting on A’s pitching to the tune of 17 hits in an 11-8 win Wednesday night. George Springer hit his ninth lead off home run of the season (24th overall), setting the Astros season record, and added two doubles as well. Astros starter David Paulino left with the lead after four-plus innings but was charged with seven runs; Michael Felix picked up the win, his fourth of the season, and Ken Giles came in for the ninth inning to earn his 18th save of the year. The Astros and A’s are back in action Thursday afternoon; first pitch is at 1:10 p.m.
The Dynamo had the first game in the BBVA Compass doubleheader, facing off with Sporting Kansas City in the Round of 16 in the U.S. Open Cup, and the Orange fell to KC 2-0, crashing out of the annual competition. Kansas City opened the scoring in the 61st minute with a strike from Ike Opara; KC was the more dangerous team in the first half and really up until that point as well, but the Dynamo turned it on after that, dominating possession until the final whistle. Kansas City added a stoppage time goal from Gerso to finish Houston off.
The Dash hosted the Boston Breakers in the nightcap and played to a scoreless draw. Fresh off the team’s first win since April 29, the Dash again picked up points, earning their first draw of the season. Houston looked the more dangerous side for most of the match, taking 17 shots to Boston’s 11. The Dash remain in ninth place, second from the bottom, in the NWSL standings, and while Carli Lloyd’s return from England will provide a boost for the rest of the season, losing captain Kealia Ohai to a torn ACL will surely hurt the team’s playoffs chances.