Player News - Rockets

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Jason Terry (yes, he's still in the league) played back up point guard for the Rockets on Tuesday and had three points, one rebound, zero assists and a 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

He hit 1-of-2 shots and doesn't seem to have much left in the tank. But if he's going to play back up point guard, Troy Daniels could sneak into the rotation as a reserve shooting guard for the Rockets.
Oct 21 - 11:14 PM

Patrick Beverley started and hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, one rebound, three assists and four fouls on Tuesday.

He still seems more interested in frustrating opposing point guards than getting his shots, but he still has a chance to be a solid point guard in fantasy. Especially with Jason Terry backing him up right now.
Oct 21 - 11:11 PM

Terrence Jones hit just 2-of-9 shots for seven points, eight rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 28 minutes and a start on Tuesday.

He's been highly disappointing this preseason, but at least he started and got the minutes tonight. We still think the starting job is his on opening night, but we have cooled a bit on him. He's struggled thus far and Kevin McHale seems to like Donatas Motiejunas a little too much. But for now, Jones still looks like the starter, and could immediately start playing better once the games count.
Oct 21 - 11:10 PM

James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.

With Harden's defense (or lack thereof) a common topic in NBA circles, the 25-year-old is committed to silencing his critics this season. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden said. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor. It's up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it." Harden's defense shouldn't be of much to concern to fantasy owners as his 2013-14 averages of 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds. 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers make him an easy selection in the middle of the first round.
Source: USA Today
Oct 21 - 12:58 PM

Terrence Jones is putting in extra work after practice with Donatas Motiejunas.

Jones and Motiejunas have assigned themselves a post-practice routine that they hope will take their games to another level this season. "We just put in extra work trying to get better," Jones. "We know the four position is a big role for this team. We're just trying to make sure we're prepared for the end of the season by putting in the extra work. It's something we're going to get used to, being the last ones out." While Jones and Motiejunas are battling for the Rockets starting PF job, both should see enough minutes to warrant a late-round fantasy selection.
Oct 21 - 10:41 AM

The Rockets are expected to use the remaining preseason games as a primer for the regular season, according to coach Kevin McHale.

There are a lot of unclear position battles in Houston. Tarik Black looks to be the backup center, Kosta Papanikolaou saw some extended run as a stretch four on Sunday and could get in the rotation, Ish Smith has been working as a backup point guard and the second-unit wings are a bit of a toss up.
Oct 20 - 11:51 AM

Trevor Ariza had 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, three assists and four steals to help the Rockets defeat the visiting Warriors on Sunday.

Ariza is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 14.4 points, 2.3 triples, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He was playing in a contract year while absorbing easy 3-point attempts courtesy of John Wall, however, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to repeat those stellar numbers. As the unquestioned starting SF in an up-tempo offense he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds.
Oct 19 - 11:00 PM

Jason Terry (hamstring) logged 15 minutes for Houston in his first preseason game on Sunday, scoring six points with two steals.

He didn't have any 3-pointers or assists and his limited playing time is understandable since he hadn't played a game since last February. It's encouraging that his surgically-repaired knee hasn't been an issue during the preseason, but the 37-year-old Terry's fantasy niche is as a 3-point shooter in deep leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:56 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) shook off a slow start to finish Sunday's exhibition with 11 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in just 17 minutes vs. the Warriors.

This was Dwight's first exhibition action since Oct. 7 but he showed minimal rust, and should be ready to go for the Rockets' season opener. Owners willing to accept his awful FT shooting should benefit from stats right around his 2013-14 averages -- 18.3 points on 59.1 percent shooting, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
Oct 19 - 10:56 PM

James Harden finished Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, making 10-of-11 FTs but only 2-of-12 FGs in 27 minutes of action.

He missed a few days with a minor hip injury but looked good vs. the Warriors, and the injury isn't a concern heading into the regular season. Harden vowed to improve his defense this year but fantasy owners will be happy if he keeps up the offensive fireworks -- he's averaged at least 25 points, 2.3 triples and 5.8 assists during his two seasons with Houston, while racking up phenomenal weighted-FT percentages.
Oct 19 - 10:55 PM

Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale hinted that Clint Capela will spend much of the 2014-15 season in the D-League.

"The Vipers have been great for us," McHale said. "We sent guys down [to the D-League]. It helped them. [Donatas Motiejunas] was down here. Terrence [Jones] came down for a while. It really helps their game a lot. I like it. Like this year, will be a huge year for Clint Capela down [in the D-League]." It will take some serious injuries to the Rockets' frontcourt for Capela to gain any sort of fantasy relevance, and he isn't worth drafting in most formats.
Oct 19 - 10:05 AM

Hakeem Olajuwon thinks Dwight Howard is ready to have an MVP-type season.

"I could see last year when I worked with him in camp that there were some things that he could not do. Or they were things that he did not think he could do," said Olajuwon. "The difference now is that he is fit and those doubts are gone... He should have a season that makes everyone vote for him as MVP." Howard can be a great addition to a fantasy squad that is tanking the free throw category, with solid contributions to points, rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage.
Oct 17 - 3:21 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) is hoping to play Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

Howard has been dealing with a sore knee for the past week, and has missed multiple preseason games as a result. Injuries have limited Howard from the dominant force he once was, but he still carries a ton of fantasy value. He can score, grab rebounds, and block shots at an above average clip, however potential owners must be willing to sacrifice free three percentage if they draft him.
Oct 16 - 5:32 PM

James Harden (hip) participated in Rockets practice on Thursday.

This is good news for the Rockets as a sore hip has kept their leading scorer out of action for the past few days. Harden never seemed to be in any danger of missing time during the regular season and should be a first-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Oct 16 - 4:59 PM

Troy Daniels played 28 minutes and hit 4-of-11 shots (all 3-pointers) for 12 points, three rebounds and two steals on Tuesday.

Harden was out and Daniels looked good, but he's still nothing more than a role player for the Rockets right now.
Oct 15 - 12:38 AM

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