Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Patrick Beverley (groin) said that he will play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

"It's still a little tight, but [this is] that time of the season. Your body is not going to be 100 percent," Beverley said. "Tried to be cautious with it, push through it and try to keep this thing going. I'm mentally tough. I know I'm not going to be 100 percent; I'm not going to be 90 percent. But if I feel good, I'm going to try to give it a go no matter what." Beverley appeared to be fine on Saturday vs. the Wolves with 15 points, seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes, so his fantasy owners should deploy him barring a late surprise.
Feb 27 - 9:51 AM

Patrick Beverley (groin) was withheld from competing during Sunday's practice as a precautionary measure.

Beverley said that his groin was feeling a bit tight, but he's not expecting to miss Monday's game against the Pacers. Check back for official confirmation on his status following Monday morning's shootaround.
Feb 26 - 2:32 PM

Nene (rest) did not practice on Sunday.

Head coach Mike D'Antoni described Nene's absence from Sunday's practice as precautionary, so he'll likely be good to go for Monday's game against the Pacers. He's a non-option in standard leagues, though.
Feb 26 - 2:29 PM

Ryan Anderson scored 18 points with three assists, two rebounds and four 3-pointers on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

Coach Mike D'Antoni wants the Rockets to shoot 50+ 3-pointers a night going forward, so Anderson is going to launch a ton of triples the rest of the way -- he attempted 13 treys tonight which was three shy of his season-high that he set back on Dec. 17 against these same Wolves. He finished 5-of-15 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, but his lack of supporting stats really holds him back in standard leagues.
Feb 26 - 12:16 AM

Lou Williams scored 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

In his second game in Houston, Williams looked comfortable again and showed his worth to the contending Rockets, scoring 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. He added four assists, three steals and two triples while finishing 7-of-9 from the line. Williams said that it's easy to play with the Rockets because of their "open style," and it looks like he will hold onto the value he had in Los Angeles in one of the best offenses in the NBA.
Feb 26 - 12:11 AM

Nene returned to the bench on Saturday vs. the Wolves, scoring 11 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

He will draw the occasional start depending on the matchup, but he's also a candidate to rest on any given night. Nene is just a low-end streaming option on the nights that he enters the first unit.
Feb 26 - 12:00 AM

Clint Capela was back in the starting lineup on Saturday vs. the Wolves, scoring 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

Coach Mike D'Antoni isn't afraid to mix up his starting center depending on the matchup, but Capela is always the best bet to produce. He grabbed nine rebounds in 22 minutes, adding two assists, one steal and one block. His playing time has been limited lately and he's only playing 20.2 minutes per game over his last five, but he's still averaging 12.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.8 steals in that span. He's worth owning despite the timeshare at center.
Feb 25 - 11:58 PM

Patrick Beverley (groin) scored 15 points with seven assists on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

The Rockets ruled out Beverley about an hour before tip-off, but he changed their mind when he told them he felt good after going through a pre-game workout. Beverley certainly didn't look limited tonight, shooting 4-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line with four rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes. He gets a day off to rest before Monday's matchup with the Pacers.
Feb 25 - 11:53 PM

James Harden led the Rockets to a 142-130 win over the Wolves on Friday night, scoring 24 points on 6-of-15 shooting.

He hit 7-of-10 from the line and 5-of-11 from deep, adding 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in 35 minutes. The Rockets scored a season-high 142 points in the win and attempted 58 3-pointers, three shy of their franchise record -- coach Mike D'Antoni said this week that the Rockets want to attempt 50+ 3-pointers every night. There's been some talk about the Rockets reducing Harden's workload a bit, but that doesn't really matter in an offense as potent as this. He's the top player in 8-cat leagues this season.
Feb 25 - 11:47 PM

Eric Gordon will come off the bench on Saturday.

Patrick Beverley (groin) changed his mind and will start, so Gordon will be back in his normal role. He should be taking a hit in production with Lou Williams in the mix.
Feb 25 - 8:00 PM

Updating a previous report, Patrick Beverley (groin) will play on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

Wow. He was ruled out less than an hour ago, but the Rockets changed their mind after he worked and told them that he was feeling better. Beverley will stick in the starting lineup and there's no word of any restrictions. We'll let you know how he fares after the game.
Feb 25 - 7:59 PM

The Rockets have waived Marcelo Huertas.

He was never expected to stick around in Houston and they will now pursue Jose Calderon from the Lakers. Huertas isn't a lock to sign with another NBA team, assuming he clears waivers.
Feb 25 - 7:50 PM

Nene will come off the bench on Saturday.

It'll be tough to count on Nene off the bench because there is always a chance he gets a night off. He's not a reliable fantasy option.
Feb 25 - 7:25 PM

Clint Capela will start against the Wolves on Saturday.

Coach Mike D'Antoni has been mixing it up with his five man and will go with Capela against Karl-Anthony. Towns. Capela has played 24.3 minutes per game this month, but he may be closer to 30 in this matchup. He should be owned in standard leagues.
Feb 25 - 7:24 PM

Eric Gordon will start against the Wolves on Saturday.

With Pat Beverley (groin) out and Lou Williams a very capable ball handler in the second unit, the Rockets will get their sixth man in the starting lineup. Gordon should see minutes in the mid 30s, but he actually shouldn't benefit too much here. His usage rate and efficiency take major hits next to Harden, but of course that would change if he's hot.
Feb 25 - 7:21 PM


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