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James Harden said he was "pretty close" to not playing Saturday night with his bruised right knee.

"I wasn't feeling well at all, but the doc came in and just told me that there's going to be pain for a bit, but you can play through it," Harden said. "It can't get worse, but it's going to be pretty painful until obviously you give it some time. Once he said that, I was like, 'Let's go.'" Harden usually plays through small knocks and he obviously seemed fine with 31 points and eight triples against the Bucks. He should be ready to roll against the Jazz on Monday.
Source: ESPN
Dec 17 - 10:06 AM

Eric Gordon finished with 16 points across 30 minutes off the bench Saturday against the visiting Bucks.

Gordon hit 5-of-10 from the field, including 1-of-5 from behind the arc, while adding 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. He also build a picket fence across the stat sheet with one rebound, one assist and one steal. Gordon is working on a 12-game streak with at least one 3-pointer dating back to Nov. 14. That's his biggest contribution to fantasy owners.
Dec 17 - 1:50 AM

Chris Paul went for 25 points, six assists and five rebounds across 36 minutes in Saturday's win against the Bucks.

CP3 was called "Superman" by Mark D'Antoni for his stellar work in the third quarter, in particular, as the Rockets have now won 13 consecutive contests. Paul and James Harden more than made up for the absence of Clint Capela (heel), and the fact the team didn't play at its best for big stretches of the victory.
Dec 17 - 1:46 AM

James Harden (knee) finished with 31 points across 39 minutes in Saturday's game against the Bucks, hitting 8-of-21 from the field with 4-of-10 coming from behind the 3-point arc.

Harden was fighting a very sore knee, and he was reportedly "very close" to sitting. The fact Clint Capela (heel) was sidelined likely spurred Harden on so the team didn't have to play without two key starters. The Rockets have three games in the upcoming week, and no back-to-back situations, so that's a good thing. Still, if Harden is forced to the sidelines for a game, you'll know why.
Dec 17 - 1:41 AM

Nene Hilario (rest) was active for Saturday's game against the Bucks, finishing with 16 points off the bench.

Originally it appeared Nene was going to get a rest, but instead he was active and very effective. He was needed with Clint Capela (heel) sidelined by a heel issue. Nene hit 7-of-9 from the field, and he added four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot. He'll likely get a rest during the upcoming week once Capela is healthy enough to return.
Dec 17 - 1:37 AM

Ryan Anderson finished scoreless across 23 minutes in Saturday's 115-111 loss against the Bucks.

Anderson was working against John Henson and didn't fare very well, going 0-of-4 from the field (all from long distance), while adding four rebounds, an assist, a steal and two blocked shots. It was Nene Hilario who was way more effective off the bench with Clint Capela (heel) sidelined, stepping up with 16 points in just 20 minutes.
Dec 17 - 1:35 AM

P.J. Tucker finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's start against Milwaukee.

Tucker was plugged into the starting five with Clint Capela (heel) sidelined. Tucker hit 2-of-5 from the field, 1-of-2 from long distance and he was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line while adding two steals and an assist across 38 minutes. He did a nice job with the double-double, and the fact he was seeing a faceful of Giannis Antetokounmpo for most of the evening.
Dec 17 - 1:33 AM

P.J. Tucker will start against the Bucks on Saturday.

It makes sense and he'll probably see a lot of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Ryan Anderson should be seeing more minutes against John Henson, so he benefits with Clint Capela (heel) out.
Dec 16 - 7:59 PM

James Harden (knee) will try to play against the Bucks on Saturday.

He went through warmups and the doctors said his knee is "structurally sound." Harden talked a lot about playing in 82 games last year, and he's been one of the most durable players in the NBA. He's had some success against the Bucks -- or really anyone -- so Harden could be in for one of his MVP performances again.
Dec 16 - 7:41 PM

Clint Capela (heel) will not play against the Bucks on Saturday.

It will be his first game out of the lineup on the season. Capela's heel injury doesn't sound serious and he should be considered questionable for Monday against the banged-up Jazz. With him out, Nene should be active, but the Rockets will probably go small and start P.J. Tucker to push Ryan Anderson to the five. Tarik Black could also be an option. Besides the Anderson upgrade, there's some risk in using the other guys mentioned here.
Dec 16 - 7:10 PM

Nene could be active if Clint Capela (heel) can't play against the Bucks on Saturday.

In case you missed it, he was expected to rest today in a back-to-back set. Stay tuned on this one because the Rockets probably won't play him. Even if Capela is out, Nene would be very risky in DFS.
Dec 16 - 6:34 PM

Clint Capela (heel) is a game-time decision against the Bucks on Saturday.

He was listed as questionable and it sounds like he'll be going through warmups. Capela did look fine on Friday night and torched the Spurs, so it sounds minor. If he's out, Nene will be near 20 for minutes while Ryan Anderson and Tarik Black could also play more.
Dec 16 - 6:23 PM

James Harden (knee) is a game-time call against the Bucks on Saturday.

This is from Harden getting fouled under the basket on a breakaway drive by Brandon Paul last night. Harden was in pain for about 30 seconds, but he looked to be fine after that. The back-to-back is probably a factor, so it may be more of a precaution. If he can't go, Eric Gordon and Chris Paul will see a boost.
Dec 16 - 6:22 PM

Clint Capela (left heel contusion) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's matchup vs. Milwaukee.

Capela unexpectedly popped up on the injury report Saturday. This is solely a game-notes designation, and we have not yet heard from coach Mike D'Antoni or Capela regarding the injury. Nene (rest) was expected to sit out Saturday's game, as it is the second night of a back-to-back. If both Capela and Nene are sidelined on Saturday, Tarik Black would likely start and log a season-high in minutes. Ryan Anderson would also see time at center as a stretch-five. We'll pass along an update on Capela once it's available.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 16 - 1:04 PM

Nene (rest) is expected to sit out Saturday's game vs. the Bucks.

Nene logged 14 minutes in Friday's night win over the Spurs. The Rockets prefer not to have him play in both ends of a back-to-back. Tarik Black should see an uptick in minutes off the bench on Saturday.
Dec 16 - 11:54 AM


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