Player News - Rockets

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James Harden put on an offensive clinic during a 111-92 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring 38 points with six rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

If you didn't see this game, you missed a great one with Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo going off. Antetokounmpo gave Harden some props after the game. "I think I can say right now he is the best player in the league," Giannis said. Harden has been surging over his last seven, averaging 34.3 points, 9.0 boards, 10.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.9 treys on 63.2 true shooting percentage. This game also moved him past Anthony Davis for No. 2 on the points per game leader board this season.
Jan 19 - 12:17 AM

Patrick Beverley scored 12 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

That's a massive stat line in standard leagues and Beverley now has multiple steals in five consecutive games. He also has at least seven rebounds in each of his last three. Despite Beverley's 6'1" frame, he ranks eighth for rebounding percentage among all guards with at least 10 starts this season. This monster game moved him to a top-45 player this season. He's been a steal in fantasy.
Jan 19 - 12:08 AM

Eric Gordon scored 25 points with four rebounds and seven 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

That ankle issue clearly didn't bother him. Gordon had been in a shooting slump this month, making just 31.1 percent from deep in his previous January games. After the game, Gordon passed Stephen Curry for first in the NBA for total 3-pointers -- Curry could pass him back tonight against the Thunder. These sharpshooters will face off on Friday night.
Jan 19 - 12:00 AM

Corey Brewer scored two points in the starting lineup against the Bucks on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 18 minutes.

That's actually a pretty decent line in limited minutes. He'll be moving to the bench once Ryan Anderson (illness) is healthy enough to start. There's little reason to add Brewer right now with their next game coming on Friday against the Warriors.
Jan 18 - 11:56 PM

Nene played just 10 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with five points, two assists and two steals.

He looks like the third man on the depth chart and he could even fall out of the rotation. Nene with the other four usual starters only has a +1.7 net rating. Nene isn't worth owning in most leagues.
Jan 18 - 11:51 PM

Montrezl Harrell got the start against the Bucks on Wednesday, blocking a career-high five shots with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

He's been awesome and the Rockets have a good problem with both Harrell and Clint Capela outperforming their expectations. For what it's worth, the other four starters with Harrell have a +1.7 net rating in 161 minutes while that foursome and Capela is +14.8, so it does make sense to move Harrell to the bench once Capela is 100 percent. Whatever the case, both players could still have value with 20-24 minutes. Obviously they would need Nene to fall out of the rotation, which could happen. Harrell is a hold for now.
Jan 18 - 11:39 PM

Clint Capela came off the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds and two blocks in 11 minutes.

He still has a minutes limit and it may stick around. The good news is Capela came in for garbage time, so maybe the plan all along was to have him close out for this game. While he hasn't done much yet, he has to be owned in all standard leagues.
Jan 18 - 11:32 PM

Clint Capela will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

Capela started in his return from a 15-game absence on Tuesday, but only lasted nine minutes, so it doesn't make much sense to start him while he's dealing with a minutes limit. Capela does have some nice upside, but it'll probably take him at least a week before he's really up to speed.
Jan 18 - 6:33 PM

Eric Gordon (ankle) will play on Wednesday night against the Bucks.

He should be ready to roll after a tweak of his ankle. Gordon continues to make his money when he's not on the court next to James Harden, posting a 33.2 usage rate without The Beard and only a 19.0 with him. He's worth using in standard leagues tonight.
Jan 18 - 6:28 PM

Ryan Anderson (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

Corey Brewer got the start on Tuesday with Anderson on the sidelines, and Sam Dekker saw some increased playing time with the second unit, but neither guy did that much. Instead, James Harden took on most of the offensive burden and popped off for a 40-point triple-double, and it'll likely be more of the same this evening.
Jan 18 - 6:28 PM

Montrezl Harrell will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game, sending Clint Capela to the bench.

Capela is being eased back into things after a lengthy layoff, so it doesn't make sense to have him start if he's only going to play around 10 minutes or so. Harrell will likely split minutes at the five-spot with Capela and Nene, so he's not a very attractive option in most formats despite the starter tag.
Jan 18 - 6:25 PM

Ryan Anderson (illness) is questionable to play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He missed Tuesday's game against the Heat, which allowed Corey Brewer to get a start. If Anderson does miss another game, Brewer, Sam Dekker, Trevor Ariza and Pat Beverley could all see more run. Dekker could be a decent DFS punt today.
Jan 18 - 4:41 PM

Eric Gordon (ankle) is not on the injury report for Wednesday against the Bucks.

He looked to tweak his ankle on Tuesday and did have to leave the game. The Rockets didn't have a shootaround today, so we likely won't get another update on him until about 90 minutes before tip. For now, expect him to play in a high-scoring game as the Rockets look to bounce back from a loss on Tuesday.
Jan 18 - 4:38 PM

Sam Dekker played 25 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, seven rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's loss to the Heat.

He saw some extra minutes with Ryan Anderson out with an illness, but will return to his normal (read: fewer) minutes with Anderson due back quickly from the flu.
Jan 17 - 10:12 PM

Eric Gordon hit just 3-of-17 shots and 1-of-10 3-pointers for seven points, one rebound and one assist in Tuesday's 109-103 loss to the Heat.

Ouch. He left the game briefly to have either his ankle or toe re-taped, but never got into a groove tonight. And with Ryan Anderson out with the flu, the Rockets were looking for him to step up. Hopefully his re-taping issue is not a problem going forward and we expect him to bounce back on Wednesday against the Bucks. That is a back-to-back situation and coach Mike D'Antoni said after the game he's a little worried about whether Gordon will be ready to bounce back. Watch for news on Gordon on Wednesday, just in case.
Jan 17 - 10:10 PM


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