Player News - Rockets

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Josh Smith scored just eight points on 3-of-14 shooting (0-for-4 from deep) with four rebounds, two assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Raptors.

Smith has been on fire and was due for a bad game. With Donatas Motiejunas, Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard either out and/or on minutes limits he's still a must-start player.
Mar 31 - 1:25 AM

Coach Kevin McHale said that Clint Capela could see some minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

Well, someone has to play center. Joey Dorsey and Josh Smith will get the starting nods and Capela is really the only bench big man right now. Trevor Ariza will also have a chunk of minutes at the four tonight. Capela isn't a great option unless you're in dire straits for streaming guys tonight.
Mar 30 - 6:20 PM

Nick Johnson is expected to get an increase in minutes with Patrick Beverley (wrist) out for the season.

"Nick’s a guy we’re going to play some," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "We’re going to have to. We’re down on bodies. I’m comfortable with Nick." Johnson played 16.5 minutes on Sunday, his most since mid-December, but he's not an option in any fantasy format.
Mar 30 - 1:55 PM

Updating a previous item, Patrick Beverley has decided to have wrist surgery, and the procedure will end his season, a source told the Houston Chronicle.

It's a devastating blow to the Rockets as the team is paper-thin at point guard behind him. Rookie Nick Johnson and veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will look to fill the void, but none are real options for owners who have lost Beverley. MVP candidate James Harden will have even more to do as the Rockets close out the season in preparation for the playoffs.

The Rockets are expected to make a decision on Patrick Beverley's wrist on Monday.

After Kevin McHale said on Sunday that Beverley is unlikely to return this season, we're reading the tea leaves. If Beverley undergoes surgery, he'll be out the rest of the way, leaving Houston with just Jason Terry, Pablo Prigioni and Nick Johnson at point guard. With how much James Harden handles the ball, the Rockets will survive offensively, but Beverley's defense can't be replaced.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 10:17 AM

Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday against the Raptors.

Howard was already ruled out of the contest, and this is just a reminder that he's not cleared to play in back-to-back sets. Without Howard available, the Rockets will have to rely on starting Joey Dorsey inside, going small often and Josh Smith playing all of the minutes he can handle.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 10:14 AM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to return before the regular season concludes.

GM Daryl Morey didn't offer a specific timetable or date, but it's good to hear that Motiejunas' back isn't a long-term concern. When he does return, the Rockets will likely bring him along slowly as to not to aggravate the issue,. If Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) is back by then, Houston will suddenly have a much deeper frontline.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 10:11 AM

Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) and Donatas Motiejunas (back) are both expected back before the end of the regular season, according to Rockets GM Daryl Morey.

That would be great news for a Rockets team that is shorthanded on its frontline. Although neither player has a specific timetable or circled date in an attempt to return, it's encouraging to hear both are making progress. When each is back in the fold, Josh Smith will obviously lose some of his luster.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 10:07 AM

Corey Brewer scored 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting, with five rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers through 22 minutes of action.

Brewer continues to find ways to show up in the box score despite only playing 25 minutes per game for Houston. He's averaging 12.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 0.9 three-pointers per game through the month of March, making him a quality deep league asset.
Mar 29 - 4:44 PM

Josh Smith had another great all-around game on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, with 10 rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, two blocks, one steal and four turnovers through 36 minutes of action.

Smith is currently the only healthy power forward on the roster, so he's seen his minutes and production take a big leap over the past two games with Donatas Motiejunas (back) joining Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) on the sidelines. Motiejunas has been ruled out for the next 1-2 weeks, and Jones is without an official return date, meaning that J Smoov is an absolute must-start option heading into a four-game week for the Rockets.
Mar 29 - 4:35 PM

Trevor Ariza was his usual multi-category self during Sunday's win over the Wizards, posting 13 points on 3-of-9 shooting (5-of-5 from the line) to go with eight rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists, two steals and four turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

Ariza is logging heavy minutes for the Rockets on a nightly basis, and his ability to fill up every category on the stat sheet while offering elite steals totals has him turning in early-round value on the season. Get ready for him to put on a show during the Rockets upcoming four-game week.
Mar 29 - 4:27 PM

Dwight Howard managed to put up a double-double despite his minutes restriction on Sunday, with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting (5-of-8 from the line), 10 rebounds and two turnovers.

Howard has been effective since returning from a two-month absence, posting averages of 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds on 72.2 percent shooting from the field. However, the Rockets have two back-to-back sets coming next week, meaning Howard has a maximum of two games, so owners in weekly formats should leave him on the bench. He's already been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Wizards, and he'll be forced to sit either Thursday vs. the Kings or Friday vs. the Mavericks. He's a guy whose name is bigger than his game right now, and we wouldn't recommend owning him in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 4:21 PM

Jason Terry showed why he's not a standard league asset on Sunday, managing to score just five points on 2-of-4 shooting, with one 3-pointer, two assists, and one rebound through 19 minutes of action.

Yes, Terry is starting for the Rockets, but at this point in his career he's simply not capable of the consistency required to be an asset in standard leagues. He's locked into a timeshare with Pablo Prigioni, which essentially cancels out the value of each player, and this is a situation that should be avoided in most leagues. Prigioni put up 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, three steals, and one turnover over 29 minutes of action, but he'd been nearly invisible in his previous two outings.
Mar 29 - 4:11 PM

James Harden scored 24 points on 7-of-20 shooting (9-of-10 from the line), with six assists, three rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, one block and three turnovers during Sunday's win over the Wizards.

Harden has been on an absolute tear through the month of March, posting ridiculous averages of 28.4 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 three-pointers, 1.9 steals and 0.7 blocks while getting to the charity stripe 12.8 times per game and knocking down an impressive 86.2 percent of those attempts. He's carrying fantasy squads through the playoffs, and he'll get four games next week. Enjoy the show.
Mar 29 - 4:01 PM

Kevin McHale said that Patrick Beverley (wrist) probably won't be back this season.

While an official decision has not been made on Beverley, this is the first time McHale has spoken with this degree of pessimism, so things really aren't looking good at all for Beverley. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will continue to man the point guard position in his absence, but neither guy is deserving of a roster spot in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 3:50 PM


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