SO LONG, P.J.

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

Tucker is headed to the Bucks. Photo by Getty Images.

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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The losing streak continues

Mariners get walk-off win over short-staffed Astros

Alex De Goti had an impressive debut. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

After a brutal homestand capped off by losing five players to the IL for health and safety protocols, the once 5-1 Astros brought their now 6-6 record to T-Mobile park in Seattle to try and right the ship. They'd have to do it with new and young players in the lineup using the "next man up" mentality to get some wins against the first-place Mariners.

Though the young bats would work themselves into a lead most of the night, Houston's bullpen wouldn't be able to hold the Mariners down, with Seattle ultimately walking things off in the ninth.

Final Score: Mariners 6, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 6-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (0-1)

After a quiet start, Houston gets three in the fifth

After cruising through the Astros through the first four innings, allowing only a walk over that span, Houston was able to put up a big inning against Yusei Kikuchi in the top of the fifth. Carlos Correa notched the first hit of the night, followed by a walk by Taylor Jones to put two on base.



That brought Alex De Goti, making his major-league debut, to the plate and, in his second career at-bat, would get his first hit and RBI, bringing in Correa from second on a single. A second run would come on the same play on a throwing error, then Chaz McCormick made it a three-run inning with an RBI-double, putting Houston out front 3-0.

Urquidy comes an out shy of a quality start

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was doing well through five innings. On track for a much-needed quality start, the Mariners would tag him in the bottom of the sixth, getting three-straight hits to bring in two runs to lead off the frame and leaving a runner on second base with no outs.

Urquidy would rebound to get the next two batters on strikeouts, but at 90 pitches and with a left-handed hitter up next, Dusty Baker would bring in lefty Brooks Raley to try and get out of the inning with the one-run lead intact. Raley would do his job, putting Uruidy's line final: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 P.

Teams trade two-run seventh innings

The young bats for Houston struck again in the top of the seventh, with Jones and De Goti leading it off with back-to-back singles before Jason Castro would load the bases with a walk. With two outs, Aledmys Diaz would push the lead back to three with a two-RBI single, making it 5-2.

With Raley out after facing his one batter, next out of Houston's bullpen was Bryan Abreu to help maintain Houston's lead. Instead, he would give up two runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs before Baker moved on to Blake Taylor, who would get the last out of the seventh with Houston hanging on to a one-run lead at 5-4.

Mariners get the walk-off win

Taylor remained in the game in the bottom of the eighth, and after getting an out, would allow a game-tying solo home run to Evan White before injuring himself trying to field an infield single. Ryne Stanek entered and finished off the eighth, sending the tie game to the ninth.

After Houston came up empty in the top half, Stanek remained in the game in the bottom of the ninth, attempting to force extras. Back-to-back walks ended Stanek's night, with the Astros hoping Ryan Pressly could bail them out. He couldn't, though, giving up the walk-off hit as the Mariners would take the opener, 6-5.

Up Next: Game two of this three-game set will start an hour earlier on Saturday, with first pitch at 8:10 PM Central. Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will try to rebound from a poor start his last time out for the Astros, while the Mariners will hand the ball to Chris Flexen (1-0, 4.50 ERA).

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