Player News - Rockets

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Clint Capela (left heel contusion) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's matchup vs. Milwaukee.

Capela unexpectedly popped up on the injury report Saturday. This is solely a game-notes designation, and we have not yet heard from coach Mike D'Antoni or Capela regarding the injury. Nene (rest) was expected to sit out Saturday's game, as it is the second night of a back-to-back. If both Capela and Nene are sidelined on Saturday, Tarik Black would likely start and log a season-high in minutes. Ryan Anderson would also see time at center as a stretch-five. We'll pass along an update on Capela once it's available.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 16 - 1:04 PM

Nene (rest) is expected to sit out Saturday's game vs. the Bucks.

Nene logged 14 minutes in Friday's night win over the Spurs. The Rockets prefer not to have him play in both ends of a back-to-back. Tarik Black should see an uptick in minutes off the bench on Saturday.
Dec 16 - 11:54 AM

Clint Capela racked up another double-double on Friday vs. the Spurs, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes.

The NBA's leader in field goal percentage was up to his usual tricks, hitting 9-of-11 shots from the field and posting a +/- rating of +26. He is on pace to become the only player in NBA history to average at least 13 points and 11 rebounds in fewer than 26 minutes per game and is proving to be one of the best value picks in fantasy basketball at his mid-round price on draft day.
Dec 16 - 12:47 AM

Chris Paul posted one of the best fantasy lines of the night in Houston's 124-109 win over the Spurs on Friday, scoring 28 points (10-of-18 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with eight assists, four boards, a season-high seven steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

He's now 13-0 and joins Dennis Rodman as only the players to win their first 13 games as starters on a new team. "[Rodman] has more championships," CP3 said. "I'll see if I can catch him in that." Paul is cruising with top-5 fantasy value on a per-game basis in standard category leagues and is thriving in one of the deadliest offenses in recent memory.
Dec 16 - 12:43 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute's MRI revealed no significant damage in his shoulder, and the Rockets are optimistic that he'll return in 2-3 weeks.

He was diagnosed with a dislocation, which has since been re-set, and he will be re-evaluated in one week. This is great news for the Rockets, since Mbah a Moute's defense is part of the reason they rank No. 6 in defensive efficiency. P.J. Tucker and Ryan Anderson stand to gain the most in his absence, but there are no clear-cut fantasy winners here. It shouldn't take long for Houston to establish an official timetable for Mbah a Moute's return.
Dec 14 - 2:57 PM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni is hopeful that Luc Mbah a Moute (right shoulder) will only be sidelined for two to three weeks.

LMAM is undergoing an MRI on Thursday, so we won't have to wait long for another update. He's been a huge part of the second unit in Houston, so his absence will potentially open up minutes for guys like P.J. Tucker and Ryan Anderson.
Dec 14 - 1:12 PM

Clint Capela is on pace to become the only player in NBA history to average at least 13 points and 11 rebounds in fewer than 26 minutes per game.

A restricted free agent this summer, it's starting to seem more and more likely that Capela will receive a max contract offer. Capela leads the league in FG percentage (67.8%) and total dunks (75), and only Memphis' Marc Gasol has scored more pick-and-roll points than Capela. "I know exactly when to roll," Capela said. "I know exactly how to make the big go on James [Harden] and just get behind the big. I know the details of he goes quick. I just love it. I love it." His fantasy owners love it too, as he's crushing his ADP with top-30 value on the season.
Dec 14 - 9:51 AM

Clint Capela followed up Monday's career-high 28-point game with nine points, 11 boards, four blocks and one steals in 25 minutes.

Capela already has 15 double-doubles this season, as many as in all of last season combined, and he narrowly missed another one tonight. He leads the league in FG percentage (67.8%) and ranks fifth in blocks (1.8) and seventh in rebounds (11.0), all of which has him sitting on third-round roto value. That's comparable to guys like Myles Turner and Al Horford, even though Capela went many rounds after them on draft day -- he's in the midst of a true breakout season.
Dec 14 - 1:27 AM

Chris Paul racked up a season-high 31 points on Wednesday, making 10-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with 11 assists, seven rebounds, five 3-pointers and two steals in 35 minutes.

The Rockets have yet to lose with CP3 in the lineup, going a pristine 12-0 including 11 straight victories. They pulled away tonight with a 25-0 run in the first half, and cruised to an easy win despite a human performance from MVP candidate James Harden, who had 21 points on 8-of-22 shooting, eight assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block. Friday night's showdown between the Spurs and Rockets should be required viewing for NBA fans.
Dec 14 - 1:27 AM

Trevor Ariza (bruised left foot) finished Wednesday's 108-96 win vs. Charlotte with 13 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers in 34 minutes.

Ariza is the exact type of player who thrives in roto leagues, where his 3-pointers (2.6 per game), steals (1.6) and efficiency (44.2% FGs, 92.6% FTs) are highly valued. That free throw percentage is a career high and he came in shooting 44.6% from deep in Houston's previous 17 games, during which they went 16-1. All signs point to him playing on Friday, so we'll leave him off the injury report.
Dec 14 - 1:24 AM

Ryan Anderson played 33 minutes on Wednesday, making 2-of-9 shots with one 3-pointer to finish with five points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Houston extended their win streak to 11 games, but they did lose Luc Mbah a Moute to a shoulder injury tonight. He'll have an MRI on Thursday and Mike D'Antoni was hopeful he'll only miss a week or two, but in the meantime Anderson and P.J. Tucker should absorb more playing time. Anderson had averaged only 17.5 minutes over the previous two games, so this at least offers a temporary reprieve.
Dec 14 - 1:23 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute (right shoulder) is expected to miss a week or two and will get an MRI, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

The stretcher came out for Mbah a Moute, but he was able to walk to the locker room under his own power. Mbah a Moute has been awesome in the second unit, so the Rockets will have to lean more on Ryan Anderson, P.J. Tucker and maybe even Nene because LMAM does get center minutes.
Dec 14 - 12:14 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute (right shoulder) went to the locker room on Wednesday and didn't return, and he'll have an MRI on Thursday.

He was hanging on the rim and had an awkward landing. It looked like his knee may have hyperextended, but it's the left shoulder that is worrisome. The team ruled him out fairly quickly, so hopefully there's no structural damage. If he's out, that means more run for Ryan Anderson, P.J. Tucker and Nene.
Dec 13 - 10:40 PM

Trevor Ariza (foot) will play against the Hornets on Wednesday.

He does have a minor foot issue, but Ariza has been expected to play all day. He's been one of the most durable players in the NBA with at least 80 games in each of the previous three seasons, so hopefully this small issue doesn't become something more. Get him in your lineup.
Dec 13 - 9:29 PM

Trevor Ariza (foot) will be a game-time call for Wednesday against the Hornets, but it sounds like he's expected to play.

The training staff didn't indicate anyone was hurt, but Ariza will only be held out of this game if his foot hurts after warmups. For now, expect him to give it a go.
Dec 13 - 8:30 PM


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