Player News - Rockets

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James Harden scored a game-high 27 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals, one turnover and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes during a 107-86 win over the Warriors on Thursday.

The one turnover is the highlight here after Harden averaged 5.0 per game over his last five outings, but he did make just 8-of-23 from the field as he continues to struggle with misses. Plus, Harden is starting to make his free throws again and was 7-of-8, but there was never any concern he would remain under 80% for long -- came into tonight at 78.9%. Despite the discouraging start for the reigning MVP, he is still a top-five value in fantasy going forward.
Nov 15 - 11:04 PM

Chris Paul scored 10 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, three steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He seems to have found his shot again with multiple treys in four straight. More impressively, CP3 has been a steals machine over his last five with 3.4 per game, adding averages of 16.0 points, 4.2 boards, 5.0 dimes, 0.6 blocks and 2.4 trey. The Rockets are locking in on defense lately, but their offensive is coming around as CP3 starts to heat up.
Nov 15 - 10:59 PM

James Ennis scored a season-high 19 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

For the start of the season, it looked like Ennis' value was going to be tied to the success of Carmelo Anthony. Well, needless to say Melo won't have success in Houston anymore, so Ennis is looking at a clear runway for minutes. He's coming off a 16-point, 34-minute game on Tuesday and his minutes look to be staying in the 30s. He has some Trevor Ariza-Like appeal, so he could be worth a pickup in competitive 12-team leagues.
Nov 15 - 10:54 PM

Gary Clark (hip) scored nine points with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

The Rockets have to feel some validation for cutting Carmelo Anthony here. Clark is making a defensive impact already and he's moving better without the ball to get some cleaner looks along the arc. Clark is probably going to have one of the smallest usage rates among rotation players in the league, so he's only a target in 20-plus team leagues.
Nov 15 - 10:49 PM

Isaiah Hartenstein matched his career-high six points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

It was the first time he's made a 3-pointer in his career and this wasn't about garbage time, posting a team-high +27. Hartenstein looks to have the backup job locked down behind Clint Capela, who has been bitten by the injury bug at times. He's only a stash in the deepest of leagues, but he has shown his multiple-category upside since Vegas.
Nov 15 - 10:45 PM

Gerald Green (ankle) returned to action on Thursday with two points against the Warriors.

He was out of the rotation because the Rockets are fairly healthy now, and it's abundantly clear Gary Clark is ahead of Green in the wing rotation.
Nov 15 - 10:42 PM

Gerald Green (ankle) is available to play against the Warriors on Thursday.

With Eric Gordon, James Harden and Chris Paul all healthy, there won't be much opportunity for Green even with the Rockets being so thin today.
Nov 15 - 7:53 PM

Gerald Green (right ankle) will be a game-time decision on Thursday.

He'll warm up before deciding if he can go. It's the first tip-off of the night which means DFS owners will have very little time to alter lineups if he's ultimately ruled out.
Nov 15 - 6:22 PM

Gary Clark (bruised right hip) will play on Thursday.

This confirms what Clark said, referring to the injury as "nothing," so he should be fine. He'll be tasked with a few more minutes if Gerald Green (ankle) can't suit up tonight.
Nov 15 - 6:21 PM

Carmelo Anthony's tenure with the Rockets "is over," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Woj adds that Houston doesn't have immediate plans to waive him -- he'll stay on the roster, for now, but "will not rejoin the team." It was first reported on Nov. 11 by the New York Times that Melo's time in Houston was almost over, so this report was inevitable. After two brutal stints with OKC and Houston, it's hard to see him emerging as a fantasy asset this season.
Nov 15 - 5:15 PM

Carmelo Anthony is being listed as "out" for Thursday's game against the Warriors.

Melo has likely played his last game for the Rockets, so we're going to switch his status to "out indefinitely" and he can be cut in all leagues. The Lakers, Trail Blazers and Heat are rumored to be interested in Anthony, but he's been so bad as of late, that we don't anticipate him turning things around this season.
Nov 15 - 11:21 AM

Gary Clark (hip) said he intends to play Thursday vs. the Warriors.

Clark is officially being listed as questionable, but he was confident that he'd be able to power through the hip issue when asked directly about his status for tonight's game. "Yup! [I'm playing]," said Clark, "I’ve played two months with a broken ankle. This is nothing." Clark has seen increased minutes with Carmelo Anthony off the floor, but he's still not really doing enough to warrant a roster spot in most settings.
Nov 15 - 11:03 AM

Brandon Knight (knee) was getting shots up at practice on Wednesday.

He was in full gear and this is a noteworthy step in his rehab. Knight does not have a timetable for his return and there's not much else available on his timeline. The Rockets desperately need some help on the perimeter, but Knight isn't worth stashing in fantasy until we get a target date. He won't have much value while James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon are healthy anyway.
Nov 14 - 3:46 PM

Gerald Green (right ankle) is questionable Thursday against the Warriors.

He has missed the last two games with a Saturday ankle sprain. If he is able to get healthy. Green would be in the rotation out of necessity due to the lack of depth on the roster right now. Still, he is tough to trust in fantasy with Chris Paul, James Harden and Eric Gordon healthy.
Nov 14 - 3:11 PM

Gary Clark (hip contusion) is questionable for Thursday against the Warriors.

He only played 15 minutes last night as the Rockets used six players for 33-plus minutes in Denver Clark was playing minutes in the 30s over the weekend and coach Mike D'Antoni apparently likes his defensive presence enough to let Carmelo Anthony walk. Even with big minutes, Clark is not going to get enough shots or add enough stats to be worth owning in fantasy.
Nov 14 - 3:08 PM

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