Player News - Rockets

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Clint Capela piled up 22 points, 17 rebounds, three steals, one block and one assist in 28 minutes vs. the Kings, making 10-of-12 field goals and both of his free throws.

Capela did this without Chris Paul's passing genius on the court tonight, and he's set up for a tremendous fantasy season. He's a natural source of boards and defensive stats, and his scoring should overwhelmingly be of the high-percentage variety on lobs and putbacks. Congrats to those with the foresight to draft him.
Oct 19 - 3:31 AM

The Rockets won in Sacramento on Wednesday despite a quiet night from Trevor Ariza, who shot 0-of-6 from the field for two points, two rebounds and two assists.

Ariza didn't have a single 3-pointer or defensive stat tonight, which is a rarity -- that happened just twice in 80 regular-season games last season. He's locked into a familiar role without much competition, and it goes without saying that he'll bounce back in Houston's next game.
Oct 19 - 3:20 AM

Eric Gordon started in place of Chris Paul (knee) on Wednesday, posting 25 points (7-of-23 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), four 3-pointers, four rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes.

CP was laboring during Houston's season opener on Tuesday, but it's unclear if he'll miss more time. Gordon is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, of course, and his value is safe no matter where he begins Saturday's game vs. the Mavs.
Oct 19 - 3:17 AM

Eric Gordon will start Wednesday's game in place of Chris Paul (knee).

Gordon scored 24 points on Tuesday and he should be firing away again tonight, making him an interesting DFS target. Paul's injury doesn't seem long-term, though, so this doesn't do too much for Gordon's outlook.
Oct 18 - 8:33 PM

Chris Paul (left knee) will not play against the Kings on Wednesday.

This isn't a surprise on a back-to-back set as Paul deals with his sore knee and perhaps a shoulder issue. He wasn't looking for his shot much on Tuesday night and his defense wasn't up to par either. With CP3 out, James Harden figures to handle the ball a ton while Eric Gordon looks to build off a big opener.
Oct 18 - 8:20 PM

Chris Paul (bruised left knee) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

This is not surprising at all considering head coach Mike D'Antoni said that CP3 was "playing on one leg" during Tuesday's season opener, so we doubt he'll take the floor tonight with a matchup against a team that the Rockets should be able to beat without his services. Assuming Paul watches Wednesday's game from the sidelines, James Harden will likely shift back over to the one, with Eric Gordon starting at the two-spot.
Oct 18 - 1:44 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute had a really nice game vs. the Warriors on Tuesday with 14 points, four rebounds and two 3-pointers.

The Rockets used an 8-man rotation tonight, so that's a good sign for LMAM's minutes going forward. He's still not a good pickup and has very little upside as evidenced by his averages of 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.5 triples with the Clippers last season.
Oct 18 - 1:59 AM

Eric Gordon scored 24 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year finished 9-of-16 from the field, but missed all six of his 3-point attempts which was a rare sight -- he hit 3.3 triples per game last season. With Chris Paul (knee) banged up, it's possible Gordon could get some extended run in a great matchup with the Kings on Wednesday night. For what it's worth, the Rockets started Gordon next to Harden in the preseason when CP3 was out.
Oct 18 - 1:55 AM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Chris Paul was "playing on one leg" against the Warriors on Tuesday.

Paul scored just four points on 2-of-9 shooting in his Houston debut, but he did hand out 11 assists with eight rebounds, two steals and a block in 33 minutes. Paul was bothered by a shoulder and knee issue in the preseason, and it sounds like the latter bothered him tonight. "[CP3 was] dragging his leg a little bit, I had to get him out of there," D'Antoni said after the game -- the Rockets pulled him with five minutes left in regulation in a very close game. We'll put him on the injury report and consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Kings.
Oct 18 - 1:51 AM

James Harden was phenomenal in Tuesday's season-opening 122-121 win over the Warriors, scoring 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting.

With Harden leading the way, the Rockets overcame a 17-point deficit and went on a 10-3 run in the final 3:45 of the game. Harden still ran the offense a ton next to Chris Paul, dishing out 10 assists with six rebounds, one steal, four 3-pointers and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Even though he's sharing the backcourt with a future Hall of Famer, there's no reason why Harden can't be a top-5 fantasy asset in most formats.
Oct 18 - 1:45 AM

Clint Capela played just 18 minutes vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, one steal and one block.

He finished 5-of-9 from the field and missed his only free throw, and he also had a +/- rating of -23 in his limited action. This was a tough matchup for Capela with the Warriors going small for most of the night, so Capela's owners have no reason to panic. Better days are ahead for the promising 23-year-old center.
Oct 18 - 1:40 AM

P.J. Tucker looked like a stud in his Houston debut on Tuesday vs. Golden State, scoring 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting (4-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

Tucker was brought to Houston for matchups like these and he could be an X-Factor in the playoffs for his ability to guard players such as Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and LeBron James. He was a leader tonight and he'll get plenty of minutes with his ability to play multiple positions, but he probably won't have too many big scoring nights like this one. We won't call him a must-own player after one big game, but he's off to a great start and is worth a look if you're targeting rebounds, triples and steals.
Oct 18 - 1:37 AM

Chris Paul (knee, shoulder) confirmed after shootaround that he'll be on the court for Houston's season opener against Golden State on Tuesday.

"It's cool," Paul said of his knee, "7:30, I'll be there." The Rockets took it easy on the 32-year-old veteran through the preseason, but with the games actually meaning something now, CP3 will see his usual starter minutes tonight san restrictions. Feel free to fire him up.
Oct 17 - 2:22 PM

Clint Capela will become a restricted free agent next summer.

This means that the Rockets won't come to an agreement on a contract extension before Monday's deadline. "I'm here. I'm healthy. I'm playing. That's all that matters," he said. The 23-year-old center is a rising star in Houston and the addition of Chris Paul will only benefit him. He's an excellent mid-round fantasy pick.
Oct 16 - 11:54 AM

Chris Paul (knee, shoulder) will practice on Sunday and he's not on the injury report for Tuesday's season opener vs. Golden State.

Houston has taken it easy on Paul this preseason -- he sat out Friday's game and finished averaging 10.3 points in three appearances. He also had 2.3 triples, 8.3 assists and 2.7 steals in those games, despite playing limited minutes, and he should have another elite fantasy campaign in the Rockets' blistering offense. We're taking him off the injury report.
Oct 15 - 12:20 PM


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