Player News - Rockets

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Sam Dekker (hand) said that he will be available to play in Game 1 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

Dekker underwent surgery to repair his fractured left hand back on April 3rd. He is on schedule, as he was expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks. Dekker averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per contest during the regular season. However, Houston played well in the first round, eliminating the Thunder in five games. It will be difficult for Dekker to squeeze his way into coach Mike D'Antoni's eight-man rotation after the success Houston had in round one.
Apr 28 - 1:34 PM

Zhou Qi is in Houston to train with the team and would like to sign a contract to play for the Rockets next season.

Houston selected Zhou with the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 draft. He spent last season in China, where averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds and helped lead his team to the CBA championship. According to his agent, Zhou is "looking forward to sitting down and talking and seeing what might happen in the future. His dream is to one day play in the NBA." The 7'2" forward/center would provide som depth along the Rockets frontline if they decided to bring him stateside for the 2017-18 campaign. They could also choose to stash him overseas for another season. It is unknown if Zhou will play with Rockets' summer league team.
Apr 28 - 9:57 AM

The NBA fined Rockets owner Leslie Alexander $100,000 for confronting a referee during Game 5.

With less than a minute in the first quarter, Alexander walked up to a ref during the game to complain about a call. This type of fine is nothing unusual and Mavs owner Mark Cuban knows that more than anyone. The Rockets will have a few more days off before they face the winner of the Spurs-Grizzlies series.
Apr 26 - 5:28 PM

Patrick Beverley had 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 6-of-10 shooting in Tuesday's series-clinching Game 5 win over the Thunder.

Beverley had really struggled in his previous two games, scoring a total of seven points, but bounced back in this one and was instrumental in the win. He's ready to play some serious defense against either Tony Parker or Mike Conley, and will be a key contributor for the Rockets on both ends of the floor going forward. With the Spurs and Cavaliers looking beatable, and the Clippers banged up, the only thing that may be standing between the Rockets and a championship is the Golden State Warriors.
Apr 25 - 11:07 PM

Lou Williams hit 7-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes of Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Thunder.

Williams stepped up, while Ryan Anderson (1-of-6, 2 points), Trevor Ariza (1-of-6, 2 points) and Eric Gordon (3-of-10, 8 points) all struggled tonight. It will be some combination of these guys getting it done for the Rockets in Round 2 of the playoffs, but trying to figure out which Rocket not named James Harden is going to step up each night will be next to impossible, just as it was all season long.
Apr 25 - 11:04 PM

James Harden hit just 8-of-25 shots, 2-of-13 3-pointers and 16-of-17 free throws for 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in Tuesday's 105-99 win over the Thunder to win their first-round series 4-1.

Harden was easily outplayed by Russell Westbrook tonight, who hit 15-of-34 shots and 5-of-18 3-pointers for 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but the Rockets were able to hold on for the win, helped by a 14-4 start to the fourth quarter in a close game. Most of Harden's help came from Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Nene and Clint Capela, while Westbrook didn't have the same support system in place, which was the case for most of the season. Harden's Rockets will advance to face the winner of the Spurs-Grizzlies series, and it looks like the Spurs will take a 3-2 lead tonight, as of this writing. Either way, Harden's arch nemesis (Westbrook) is out of the way and he can now focus on trying to lead his team to a championship, without all the triple-double and MVP talk getting in the way of his ultimate goal.
Apr 25 - 10:58 PM

Mike D'Antoni confirmed that Clint Capela will remain in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Thunder.

Capela made a lot of mistakes in Sunday's Game 4 win, and only managed to get on the court for 18 minutes, while Nene was incredible in his 25 minutes off the bench. Don't be surprised to see Capela get a quick yank if he's not performing up to expectations in tonight's potential closeout game.
Apr 25 - 6:25 PM

Sam Dekker (hand) received approval from team doctors to increase his rehab activity.

Dekker had surgery to insert six screws and a plate in his left hand back on April 3. He began shooting last week and has now been cleared to start using his left hand in drills. "I can't play yet, but they said I can start being more aggressive, ball-handling, catching and trying to get comfortable doing that," Dekker said. He is still without a timetable, but Dekker said he was hopeful to play in the second round of the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 9:35 AM

James Harden (ankle) said that he will play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Thunder.

"Got some treatment and I'll be ready to go tomorrow," Harden said before Monday's practice. "It's the playoffs, everybody is banged up so you just got to find a way to fight through it and find a way to help your teammates win games. For me, it's not necessarily scoring, I don't have to score a certain amount of points as long as I'm making the right plays and guys are getting shots everybody is in a good rhythm that's all that matters."
Source: ESPN
Apr 24 - 4:07 PM

Eric Gordon scored 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting in 36 minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder, adding four triples, eight boards, one assist, two blocks and one turnover.

Gordon hit some clutch 3-point shots during crunch time to ensure the win for Houston, and the Rockets' bench was absolutely crucial to their success tonight with most of the Houston starters struggling. Lou Williams was another spark plug with the second unit, netting 18 points in 32 minutes off the bench to go with seven boards, two assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and one turnover.
Apr 23 - 7:18 PM

Ryan Anderson went 2-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe on his way to nine points, three boards, one 3-pointer, one steal and three turnovers during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder.

Anderson has been struggling mightily during this first-round series, owning meager averages of 8.8 points, 6.0 boards and just 0.8 triples per contest on 36.4 percent shooting, yet the Rockets are now up 3-1 with the series headed back to Houston. It's just a tough matchup for Anderson, and there are no guarantees he'll bounce back in Game 5. Clint Capela was also really bad tonight with just four points, five boards, one assist and two turnovers in 18 minutes.
Apr 23 - 7:12 PM

Trevor Ariza scored 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder, adding three 3-pointers, five boards, three assists, three steals and one turnover in 43 minutes.

Ariza was the only Rockets' starter to make at least 50 percent of his shot attempts, and with his perfect 3-of-3 mark from the charity stripe, he turned in a sterling true shooting percentage of 75.1. Ariza, surprisingly, hadn't connected on a single 3-pointer through the first three games of this series, so tonight's stat line can be explained as a regression to the mean.
Apr 23 - 7:08 PM

James Harden didn't look great during the Rockets' Game 4 win over the Thunder, tallying 16 points, seven boards, eight assists, one steal, zero triples and seven turnovers through 39 minutes of play.

Harden struggled with his shot for most of the game, going 5-of-16 from the field, and he summed up his play as "terrible" during his postgame interview. He also said that he tweaked his ankle during Game 3, which may have factored into his less-than-stellar stat line, but considering the Rockets are off until Tuesday and he still managed to get on the floor for 39 minutes, it would be shocking to see him miss any time with this minor injury. We're expecting a bounce-back performance in Game 5.
Apr 23 - 6:58 PM

Patrick Beverley went 2-of-13 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 win, on his way to six points, two 3-pointers, three assists, five steals and three turnovers in 27 minutes.

Beverley has been connecting on just 10.5 percent of his shot attempts over the past two games, but there's no way he'll be this bad for an extended period. In general, he's been better at home this season, so he should be able to bounce back on Tuesday with the Rockets having an opportunity to close out this series on their home floor in Game 5. As a side note, Beverley screamed out an expletive towards the fans when the buzzer sounded, so he could be facing another fine.
Apr 23 - 6:49 PM

Nene was a perfect 12-of-12 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder, scoring 28 points to go with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes off the bench.

The 28 points were a playoff career-high for Nene, and his 12 makes without a miss tied an NBA playoff record. He was crucial to the Rockets pulling out the win tonight with James Harden struggling for most of the game, and in general, he's played very well through this first-round series with averages of 13.5 points and 6.5 boards while knocking down an insane 92.0 percent of his shot attempts.
Apr 23 - 6:35 PM


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