Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is day-to-day and has been working on a treadmill.

The Rockets said they will know more about his status for Saturday's game against the Celtics tomorrow. Beverley is not afraid to play at less than 100 percent, but the team certainly doesn't want this issue to linger. They released Ish Smith, so it'll be Isaiah Canaan as the backup against Rajon Rondo. His owners will want to check back for an update tomorrow.
Oct 31 - 3:37 PM

Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale stated during a recent interview that Dwight Howard looks much more healthy this year compared to last season.

"He's bending better. He's moving better," McHale said. "It's night and day from where he was last year at this time, and I really felt last year at this time he was night and day from where he was in July when we signed him." Dwight spent much of the offseason focusing on stretching and strength so that his back would be in top shape to begin the year, however, his conditioning remains an issue, as running wasn't part of his regiment. That being said, he looks healthy and he'll be a double-double threat each time he steps on the court.
Oct 31 - 11:19 AM

Jason Terry is focused on improving his chemistry with the Rockets.

"It’s two games. I’m getting there," Terry said. "That’s the encouraging thing. I’m almost there. I’m still getting used to playing with different lineups, different guys." Terry is expected to play a reserve role for the Rockets so long as he can stay healthy this season.
Oct 30 - 5:23 PM

The Sixers are finalizing a deal with Robert Covington, sources told RealGM.

It's expected to be a multi-year deal, and Covington is expected to head to the D-League.
Source: Real GM
Oct 30 - 5:01 PM

Donatas Motiejunas had his fourth-year contract option exercised by the Rockets, a source told the Houston Chronicle.

Motiejunas was 0-for-11 in the Rockets first game this season, but he nailed 4-of-10 in his second game to rebound. He'll get an extended chance in Houston this season, but he's unlikely to register on the fantasy radar for owners in standard formats.
Oct 30 - 4:59 PM

Terrence Jones had his fourth-year contract option exercised by the Rockets, a source told the Houston Chronicle.

A no-brainer, this was never going to be a difficult decision for the Rockets to make.
Oct 30 - 4:57 PM

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) refused to speak to reporters about his injury following Houston's win over the Jazz on Wednesday.

Beverly spent a good deal of time in the treatment room after leaving the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and was in no mood to talk with reporters. "Don’t come over here with questions," he said. "I’m not answering no questions." Several Rockets sources said the injury doesn't seem serious, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues may want to take a flier on Isaiah Canaan just in case Beverley misses any time.
Oct 30 - 12:34 PM

Isaiah Canaan played just eight minutes against the Jazz during a 104-93 win on Wednesday with three points, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) could miss time, so Canaan could be in line for more minutes. He still won't be very busy with the ball because James Harden is in complete control of the offense. Canaan is only a speculative add in deep leagues.
Oct 30 - 1:05 AM

James Harden ran the offense again on Wednesday during a win over the Jazz, scoring 18 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists, one block, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

It wasn't quite as great as his 32-point gem on Tuesday, but he didn't play the Lakers tonight. Harden will be putting up massive lines all season and his fantasy owners are going to love owning him all season.
Oct 30 - 1:02 AM

Dwight Howard posted a nice line of 22 points, 10 rebounds, one steal, two blocks and six turnovers before fouling out against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He only went to the line three times tonight after only making 7-of-16 from there on Tuesday. Howard is batting 1.000 on his double-doubles this season with two and should have plenty more on the way. Although, his 11 fouls in 53 minutes is not a good start this season, especially without Omer Asik there to back him up.
Oct 30 - 1:00 AM

Trevor Ariza continued his catch-and-shoot ways against the Jazz on Wednesday, making four 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 37 minutes.

It's early, but he doesn't look to be missing John Wall at all. Ariza is going to be asked to bury a lot of triples and his perimeter defense will go a long way for Houston. He's shaping up to be a nice steal for savvy fantasy owners.
Oct 30 - 12:54 AM

Terrence Jones cooled off against the Jazz on Wednesday with nine points, three rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

He shot 4-of-5 from the field, so this was still a very solid game. Jones played just 26 minutes and was in foul trouble, but his primary competition, Donatas Motiejunas, played just nine minutes. He is locked in as a mid-round value guy and his owners should expect a bigger game on Saturday.
Oct 30 - 12:48 AM

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not return due to a strained hamstring against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He would not answer questions following the game and he is likely going to be questionable for Saturday. Beverley doesn't have any chronic hamstring issues, but we'll keep you posted if he gets an MRI. He finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. If he misses time, Isaiah Canaan will likely start.
Oct 30 - 12:31 AM

Isaiah Canaan played just 7 minutes in a win against the Lakers on Tuesday, and ended up with two points and one rebound.

The Rockets just recently waived Ish Smith so we were expecting Canaan to get more minutes than this. Patrick Beverly is still injury-prone and if he does go down with an injury, Canaan would be worth a flier especially in deeper leagues. Canaan is off the fantasy radar at the moment.
Oct 29 - 9:15 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou scored four points in his Houston debut on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 20 minutes.

He had a pretty decent game in limited minutes and it appears that he could become a key contributor off the Houston bench. However, unless he keeps this up he is only on the radar in really deep leagues.
Oct 29 - 2:36 AM


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