Player News - Rockets

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James Harden made 10-of-31 from the field for 26 points against the Kings during a 102-89 win on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

He only turned the ball over once and the Rockets did win against a good Kings team, so it's hard to bash The Beard for the ridiculous shooting clip. He set a career high in shot attempts tonight, but he's cleared the 30-point plateau in every game with at least 25 shots from the field. Regardless, Harden is a fantasy stud.
Nov 27 - 1:34 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 21 points against the Kings on Wednesday with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 10-of-15 from the field.

This is his third effective game in a row with an average of 13.5 points per game in his previous two. He's also seen a major bump in minutes with 35.7 per game over his last three. The Rockets won't get Terrence Jones (leg) back any time soon and Dwight Howard (knee) is out, so Motiejunas is worth a look in all standard leagues now that he seems to have figured it out.
Nov 27 - 1:29 AM

Isaiah Canaan scored a career-high 24 points against the Kings on Wednesday with six rebounds, four assists, four steals and six 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

He was open all night in easily his best game as a pro. Canaan was coming in with no momentum with only 15 points combined in his previous four games and Jason Terry was actually gaining ground on him. Considering how Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is out for a bit, Canaan is worth a look. Although, he has a bad matchup against Chris Paul on Friday.
Nov 27 - 1:24 AM

Kevin McHale indicated that he doesn't expect Dwight Howard (knee) to play Friday.

Howard has not been ruled out but his status is bleak at the moment, as he's still recovering from a strained knee that prompted him to get platelet-rich plasma injections last week. McHale will likely want to see Dwight make it through a practice before playing him, so fantasy owners should have advance warning once he's ready to get back on the court. Tarik Black is a poor fantasy option as a fill-in center, and more minutes will be available for Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou.

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is doubtful to play on Friday.

It would be a shock to see him out there. Coach Kevin McHale said he expects to miss significant time, so we're expecting him to return in December. Isaiah Canaan will start with Jason Terry backing him up.
Nov 26 - 6:25 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) and Patrick Beverley (hamstring) have both been ruled out for the Rockets for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

Beverley didn't have a chance of playing in this one and Howard will now miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury that didn't seem too serious initially. DeMarcus Cousins should have his way with the Rockets tonight, while whoever starts at PG for the Kings (Darren Collison is iffy) won't have to deal with Beverley's pesky defense.

The Lakers are on the verge of signing F Earl Clark to a one-year contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

He'll help make up for the loss of Julius Randle, as well as the current injury to Carlos Boozer, but might also hurt the strong play of Ed Davis. Then again, Clark has never really lived up to the hype, but is averaging close to 30 points in the D-League this season.
Nov 26 - 10:15 AM

Dwight Howard (knee) and Patrick Beverley (hamstring) are not expected to play on Wednesday against the Kings.

Beverley is expected to miss a few games, per coach Kevin McHale, while a preview column by Jonathan Feigen suggests there are "signs" that Howard won't play, either, based on more comments from McHale. To be clear, Howard hasn't been ruled out, but if you're planning ahead for tonight, it sounds like it would be a surprise if he were in the starting lineup. DeMarcus Cousins could have a big night if Howard's out.
Nov 26 - 9:49 AM

James Harden scored a season-high 36 points in the Rockets' 91-86 win over the Knicks on Monday, hitting 11-of-22 shots (7-of-12 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.

Harden is a beast and likely to be a top-5 fantasy asset even when LeBron James gets back on track, and the Thunder guys return and get rolling.
Nov 25 - 1:00 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal, one block and one three in 32 minutes against the Knicks.

Motie beating up on the Knicks and getting his usually non-existent peripheral stats isn't swinging the pendulum here, but he has been much more productive than he usually is lately. With Terrence Jones (leg) out long-term and Dwight Howard (knee) a question mark at this moment, we're all on the hunt for the beneficiary and right now Kostas Papanikolaou has a much better stat-set to get the job done with.
Nov 25 - 12:37 AM

Isaiah Canaan was quiet in another start for Patrick Beverley (hamstring) on Monday, scoring seven points with three assists and a steal in 26 minutes.

Canaan hit 2-of-8 shots with a three and on the whole he doesn't have any real fantasy value. If you want to give him a desperation look or use him in DFS games, he's probably a coin flip to pay off at best. Beverley has about a week on his initial timetable.
Nov 25 - 12:31 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou scored four points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 25 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Papaniko hit just 2-of-6 shots, missed all three of his attempts from deep, and turned the ball over five times. That's the bad news for tonight, but the appeal here is the injuries to Terrence Jones (leg) and Dwight Howard (knee), and as far as what's been reported the injury to Jones has a long-term component to it. The other appeal is the top-150 value he is already putting up in 25.3 mpg, despite hitting just 31.9 percent of his shots on the year. That's because he's averaging a combined 3.0 steals, blocks and treys per game, and if he can shoot somewhat respectably there is some decent upside.
Nov 25 - 12:29 AM

Isaiah Canaan will start on Monday night against the Knicks.

It will be his seventh start of the season, but he hasn't done much in his previous starts with averages of 11.5 points, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.3 triples. The triples make him someone worth owning in deeper leagues right now, especially with Pat Beverley (hamstring) possible out for a while.
Nov 24 - 6:24 PM

Coach Kevin McHale said he believes Patrick Beverley (hamstring) will be out longer this time compared to his last injury.

He missed four games last time he suffered a hamstring strain, so it sounds like we can rule him out for this week. Beverley has suffered three different hamstring strains so far this year and the Rockets should just sit him down. Isaiah Canaan will get the start while Troy Daniels and Nick Johnson will back him up.
Nov 24 - 6:23 PM

Nick Johnson has been called up by the Rockets.

The team is going to need some help at point guard with Patrick Beverley (hamstring) out tonight. While Isaiah Canaan hasn't played great at all, he's still very likely to get the lion's share of minutes at point guard tonight. Johnson is only a pickup in extremely deep leagues.
Nov 24 - 6:17 PM


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