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Rockets have green guy with popcorn tub on head pop out of trash can to distract shooters

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NEW YORK - MAY 03: Oscar the grouch attends the Clearwater Benefit Concert Celebrating Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday at Madison Square Garden on May 3, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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I’ve seen some pretty creative attempts to distract free throw shooters (usually at the college level), but what the Houston Rockets went with Wednesday night — a modern day Oscar the Grouch if he let himself go? — was right at the top of the list.

Sorry, you can’t unsee that.

It didn’t work, Rodney Hood hit the free throw. And it mattered, as the Jazz went on to beat the Rockets 89-87 to pass them and take over the eighth seed and the final playoff slot in the West.