Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Nick Johnson was recalled from the NBA D-League on Sunday.

His athleticism is through the roof, but the rookie isn't going to get many chances to impress on a contender such as the Rockets. Outside of keeper leagues, Johnson isn't a viable fantasy asset.
Feb 1 - 10:51 AM

Corey Brewer hit 3-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, three rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes off the bench on Saturday.

Brewer has quietly scored in double figures in seven straight games, making him a borderline look in many leagues. But if James Harden's bruised knee develops into a problem, he could become a must-add.
Feb 1 - 12:36 AM

Josh Smith came off the bench to hit just 3-of-11 shots for seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks in Saturday's loss to his former team.

If you were going for the revenge-game angle, it backfired, but he at least put up some decent stats while being booed in Detroit. With Dwight Howard expected to miss the next month with a knee injury, Smith is going to be a big part of the Rockets' plans going forward, like it or not.
Feb 1 - 12:30 AM

Terrence Jones disappeared on Saturday with three points and five rebounds on 1-of-5 shooting.

He played just 19 minutes and picked up three fouls, so we're not overly concerned. However, after his long layoff, it's going to take him time to get back to form, and if Dwight Howard wasn't out for the next month with a knee injury, we wouldn't even tell you to own him. But given Howard's lengthy absence, there's a decent chance that Jones gets hot at some point in the next couple weeks.
Feb 1 - 12:28 AM

James Harden left Saturday's game with a sore knee, but returned to finish in a loss to Detroit with 26 points, seven rebounds, nine dimes, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 10-of-17 shooting.

He's got a bruised knee and it doesn't sound serious, but owners should watch for news on him. The Rockets might use caution with Harden now that it looks like Dwight Howard will be out a month with his own knee injury.
Feb 1 - 12:23 AM

Donatas Motiejunas hit 10-of-13 shots for 21 points, four rebounds and three assists in Saturday's loss at Detroit.

Dwight Howard is expected to miss a month with his knee injury, so D-Mo's not going anywhere. Some blocks, steals and more boards would have been nice, but at least he shot lights out. He racked up a career-high 26 points with 12 points and three 3-pointers on Friday night, so it's clear he's in the zone right now.
Feb 1 - 12:20 AM

Dwight Howard is expected to be out for at least one month due to his ailing knee.

This is a devastating blow for Howard and his owners as there is no telling when we will see him back in action. Owners who are fighting to get into playoffs may be forced to cut ties with the star center, as the Rockets likely won't bring him back until his knee is 100 percent healthy. We will update Howard's status when we know more, but we would expect Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones to see a huge boost to their value following this news.
Source: ESPN
Jan 31 - 11:42 PM

James Harden is simply dealing with a bruised knee and will start the second half.

This is excellent news for Harden and it appears that he has dodged a bullet. We will let you know how his knee holds up after the game.
Jan 31 - 8:48 PM

James Harden left Saturday's game with a knee injury and his return is questionable.

He suffered the injury on a drive to the basket and immediately grasped his knee. Harden limped slowly to the locker room so we should be able to provide an update very soon. Stay tuned.
Jan 31 - 8:24 PM

Donatas Motiejunas made 11-of-16 from the field for a career-high 26 points against the Celtics on Friday during a 93-87 win, adding 12 rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

He had a productive 16-point game on Wednesday and the loss of Dwight Howard seems like it'll help out D-Mo quite a bit. Motiejunas is more than capable of playing center for the Rockets and the team is really going to push the pace now that they'll have smaller lineups, so he's going to be worth owning in standard leagues for now.
Jan 30 - 10:39 PM

Josh Smith was effective against the Celtics on Friday with 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

He's played terrific in his past two games and the Rockets will need to go small with Dwight Howard (knee) out indefinitely. Smith seems to have a great rhythm in the offense right now, but we all know he's going to slow down and miss shots. If you want to give him a look and grab him, go for it. For what it's worth, we like Terrence Jones more in standard leagues.
Jan 30 - 10:36 PM

Terrence Jones played 20 minutes against the Celtics on Friday with seven points, two boards and three blocks.

He played 21 minutes on Wednesday and the Rockets are going to keep his minutes in check for a bit. Jones has a huge upside and the Rockets are going to need him to play him more with Dwight Howard (knee) out indefinitely, so more minutes are on the way. Jones is worth owning in standard leagues.
Jan 30 - 10:32 PM

Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale said he doesn't expect to have Dwight Howard (knee, ankle) back in uniform "for a while."

Things aren't looking good for Dwight. An MRI revealed fluid buildup in his right knee on Wednesday, and there was a report that he was seeking a second opinion and he could miss "extended time" on Thursday. McHale's words go along with the extended absence theme, and it'll be Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith, and Terrence Jones seeing a majority of the big man minutes with Howard sidelined.

Dwight Howard (knee, ankle) will get a second opinion on his right knee and could miss "extended time," according to Yahoo! Sports.

It sounds like he won't be back until after the break and there's no specifics known about his injury besides some fluid buildup. Howard needed a couple weeks to get over a knee injury at the end of 2014 and it does seem a little more serious this time around. While Dwight is out, Terrence Jones will have a great opportunity in front of him while Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will step up, too.
Jan 29 - 7:45 PM

Clint Capela has been re-assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

Capela has played just 18 minutes for the Rockets this season, so this move comes as no surprise as the team tries to get him some consistent minutes. While the 20-year-old has plenty of talent, he can be forgotten about in standard fantasy leagues.
Jan 29 - 10:24 AM


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