SO LONG, P.J.

P.J. Tucker posts emotional farewell to Houston on Instagram

P.J. Tucker posts emotional farewell to Houston on Instagram
Tucker is headed to the Bucks. Photo by Getty Images.
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P.J. Tucker will soon become a Buck after being traded on Wednesday, per Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets will receive D.J. Augustin, 7'3 D.J. Wilson, and a 2023 unprotected first-round pick. Besides Tucker heading to the Bucks, Rodions Kurucs and the Bucks' former 2022 first-round pick is going to Milwaukee too. The Rockets even received a pick swap in this year's 2021 NBA Draft if the pick falls under one through nine.

Tucker recently turned down a two-year extension to stay with the Rockets.

Even though Tucker is leaving, he still created great memories and gritty plays. Tucker was the iron man and juggernaut for the Rockets four-years straight. Anything that needed to be done defensively for the Rockets, Tucker became the solution. If it was guarding 6'10 Anthony Davis, defending the toughest player on the floor, and snatching offensive rebounds, Tucker did it. Tucker led the NBA in corner three-point shots during the 2019-2020 season. James Harden could always depend on Tucker when it mattered.

P.J. became the voice of the Rockets' defense. He made sure everyone knew their assignments. Tucker's communication helped guide the Rockets to having one of the best defenses in the 2017-2018 season. Mike D'Antoni refereed to Tucker as a linebacker on the Rockets' defense.

Tucker also brought drip inside the Rockets' locker room when it came to clothes and sneakers. Walking down the tunnel with Harden in the 2017-2018 season became a thing for those two. Tucker also competed with other NBA players around the league for sneaker notices. Chris Paul and Tucker had a friendly locker room battle of finding the most bizarre sneakers. I remember personally being amazed by the different kind of sneakers Tucker had inside his locker.

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In the past, as I talked to Rockets fans around Houston, they always refereed to P.J. Tucker as their favorite player on the team. The support system Tucker had in Houston was incredible. Tucker loved giving back to the Houston community when it came auctioning off his sneakers and creating a clothing collection to benefit the Houston Food Bank. People in Houston loved Tucker's grit, grind, hustle, and competitiveness on the court.

P.J. Tucker, eBay auctioning exclusive sneakers, gifts for charity


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Rare sneakers, an autographed jersey, and a basketball signed by the entire Rockets team are all up for auction.

Hopefully, Tucker enjoys his new journey with the Bucks, so he can compete in the Finals.

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Braves beat Houston in extra innings, 5-4. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Marcell Ozuna hit his major league-leading eighth homer and Orlando Arcia’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

It completes a three-game sweep of the struggling Astros and is Atlanta’s fourth straight victory.

The Braves scored two runs in the eighth inning to tie it at 4-4. Michael Harris II started the 10th as the automatic runner on second and there was one out in the inning when Seth Martinez (1-1) intentionally walked Matt Olson.

Ozuna lined out to right field to send Harris to third base. Arcia then singled on a ground ball to left field to score Harris and put the Braves on top.

Pinch-runner Jake Meyers was on second when Kyle Tucker walked with no outs in the 10th. Meyers moved to third on a fly out by Yainer Diaz but Jeremy Peña grounded into a double play to end it.

A.J. Minter (3-1) got the last two outs of the ninth for the win and Raisel Iglesias earned his fifth save.

Reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. added his first homer of the season to help the Braves to the victory. Ozuna also leads the majors with 23 RBIs and he extended his hitting streak to 16 games, which ties his career best and is the longest active streak in the majors.

Yordan Alvarez and Mauricio Dubón both homered for the Astros, who fell to 6-14 and are last in the AL West.

There was one out in the first when Alvarez connected on his homer to the seats in left field to put Houston up 1-0.

Ozuna opened the second with his 432-foot shot to left field, which bounced off the wall and tied the game.

Acuña put the Braves up 2-1 when he sent the first pitch of the fifth inning to straightaway center field.

The Astros tied it on an RBI single by Alex Bregman in the fifth and Kyle Tucker’s RBI double came next to put the Astros up 3-2.

Dubón hit his first home run of the year off Jesse Chavez to start Houston’s sixth and push the lead to 4-2.

Harris singled to start the seventh before a ground-rule double by Austin Riley. Olson reached, and Harris scored on a fielding error by first baseman José Abreu when he couldn’t grab a routine ground ball.

There was one out in the inning when Riley scored on a sacrifice fly by Arcia to tie it at 4-all.

Houston starter J.P. France allowed four hits and two runs in five innings.

Max Fried gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings.

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Braves: Atlanta is off Thursday before opening a series against Texas on Friday night with LHP Chris Sale (1-1, 4.58 ERA) on the mound.

Astros: Houston is also off Thursday before ace Justin Verlander will make his season debut Friday night against Washington. The three-time Cy Young Award winner opened the season on the injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder.

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