Player News - Rockets

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Chris Paul downplayed the left calf issue on Monday and confirmed that he'll be ready to go for Tuesday's Game 4 in Golden State.

"I'm OK, I'm OK. Trying to get treatment and all of that and be ready for tomorrow," said Paul. When asked specifically what he's dealing with, Paul replied: "No, I'm cool. Just trying to figure out what we can do to make adjustments to win Game 4." CP3 did not look 100% during Sunday's Game 3 loss, and he was seen getting worked on early in the game while he was on the bench, but obviously, this won't be an issue that forces him to miss any game-time action.
May 21 - 5:01 PM

Clint Capela played only 22 minutes in Game 3, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds (four offensive), one assist and one block.

Capela opened the game with a pair of easy buckets at the rim, but Draymond Green and the Warriors' defense held him at bay after that early flurry. The Rockets really struggled in the first half with 10 turnovers and 14 missed shots in the paint, including a ton of layups, and Mike D'Antoni opted to go small to claw back from a double-digit deficit -- it didn't work. Capela's rim protection was sorely missed when he was out of the game, and it will be interesting to see what D'Antoni does in Game 4 -- Capela had played at least 27 minutes in every playoff game prior to tonight.
May 20 - 10:43 PM

Chris Paul needed 16 shots to score 13 points on Sunday, making five of his attempts with 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 33 minutes.

CP3 battled soreness in his lower right leg during Game 2 and may not have been 100 percent, but he was playing without any medical restrictions. He began the game 0-of-6 from the field and didn't score until the 2:59 mark in the second quarter, and much of his production came with the game out of reach in the second half. Game 4 looms large on Tuesday, giving Paul one day to regain his rhythm.
May 20 - 10:43 PM

James Harden led the Rockets with 20 points on Sunday, adding nine assists, five rebounds and two 3-pointers in a blowout Game 3 road loss.

Golden State closed the first quarter on an 11-0 run, then opened the second half with another 10-0 spurt to claim a 21-point lead. The Rockets never got within single-digits after that and wound up losing by 41 points, which was the largest margin of defeat in franchise playoff history. Harden made 7-of-16 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws, but he also committed four of his team's 19 turnovers. The Rockets will need much more from their MVP to even the series at 2-2 on Tuesday.
May 20 - 10:42 PM

Eric Gordon shot 4-of-13 with a pair of 3-pointers during Sunday's loss, scoring 11 points with two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

Gordon checked in early and logged 31 minutes, but couldn't duplicate his playoff career-high 27-point eruption from Game 2. P.J. Tucker also cooled off with six points, six boards and zero defensive stats in 33 minutes, Trevor Ariza had six points on 2-of-6 shooting, and the result was a 126-85 shellacking in Oracle Arena. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said afterward that his team "played soft" tonight, and they'll only have one day to regroup before Game 4.
May 20 - 10:41 PM

Mike D'Antoni said he'll "trust" Luc Mbah a Moute in the Rockets' rotation despite his recent struggles.

Mbah a Moute is a combined 1-of-11 from the field in the Conference finals, including multiple missed shots at the rim, and he played only seven minutes in Houston's Game 2 win. "I'll stick with him and trust him because he deserves that," D'Antoni said. "He's one of the reasons why we're here and we won 65 games." Even if he's in the rotation, he'll likely be on a short leash in Game 3.
May 20 - 7:40 PM

Chris Paul has no lingering issues from the soreness he experienced in his left calf late in Game 2.

Paul was seen limping slightly in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win over the Warriors, and had an ice pack on his lower leg at the end of the game. However, he is good to go for Sunday's Game 3. "His foot was bothering him a little bit," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It shouldn't be a problem. Just normal. Nothing that would sideline him or anything. He's good." Paul also told reported that he's "all right."
May 19 - 1:20 PM

Chris Paul was dealing with "some soreness" late in Game 2 on Wednesday, but has been cleared to practice on Friday and Saturday.

Paul was seen with a large ice pack on his lower left leg while sitting on the bench late in the fourth quarter of Game 2, but it appears it to be only a minor injury. As Rockets reporter Jonathan Feigen tweeted out on Friday afternoon: "'Some soreness' is not an issue, especially if [Paul] is cleared to practice for two days. If it were an issue, they would definitely hold him out now since the game is not until Sunday." CP3 should be ready to rock in Game 4.
May 18 - 1:06 PM

Kelvin Sampson is the "clear frontrunner" for the Orlando Magic head coaching job, according to NBA reporter Gery Woelfel.

Sampson is currently the head coach at the University of Houston. Sampson was an assistant coach in Milwaukee while John Hammond and Jeff Weltman were the Bucks GM and assistant GM, respectively. Hammond and Weltman are currently working for the Magic's front office.
May 18 - 10:29 AM

Trevor Ariza scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting and had four rebounds, six assists and two steals in Houston's Game 2 win over Golden State on Wednesday.

Ariza's 19 points are his scoring high for these playoffs and his six assists are the most he'd had all season. This was Ariza's best shooting performance since May 7th of 2017 when he also went 7-of-9. He was turnover-free too, he's now logged 347 minutes this postseason with only had three turnovers. It was Ariza's best game of the playoffs, coming at the perfect time when the Rockets needed it most.
May 17 - 1:12 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute had two points and a rebound in six minutes in the Rockets win over the Warriors on Wednesday.

Mbah a Moute continued to struggle with his confidence with his shoulder, which he dislocated twice this season while dunking. He missed two layups within eight minutes in the first quarter tonight and is 1-of-11 shooting during this series with six of his misses coming within three feet of the hoop. After Game 1 Mbah a Moute said, "No, I can't dunk it right now. I don't trust it yet." He only played six minutes, the fewest he's logged all season. Gerald Green made up for most of his minutes. Mbah a Moute's problem seems to be mostly mental, but it's clearly affecting his game.
May 17 - 12:31 AM

Eric Gordon scored 27 points while shooting 6-of-9 from three and had three rebounds and two assists in Houston's Game 2 win over Golden State on Wednesday.

This was a scoring high for Gordon in these playoffs and the most he's scored since March 27th against the Bulls. He shot well, going 8-of-15 from the field and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. Gordon was announced as one of the three finalists for Sixth Man of the Year along with Lou Williams and Fred VanVleet, and he proved why tonight in 32 minutes off the bench.
May 17 - 12:09 AM

P.J. Tucker scored 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field with seven rebounds, four assists and a steal in the Rockets 127-105 win over the Warriors on Wednesday.

P.J. was also 5-of-6 from deep on his way to not only a Rockets career high but also a career postseason high 22 points. All of his points came from inside the paint or from knocking down a corner three. This was a huge bounce back for Tucker after an abysmal Game 1 where he only had one point in 34 minutes.
May 16 - 11:52 PM

James Harden had 27 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Houston’s 127-105 Game 2 win over Golden State on Wednesday.

Harden’s 27 points tied Eric Gordon for the team-high, and he got some much needed help from his teammates for Houston to pull off the victory and tie the series at 1-1. Five Rockets scored in double digits, including Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker and Trevor Ariza, and the team knocked down 16 triples after making 13 in Game 1. Harden also came up big on the glass, and his 10 boards were a postseason high.
May 16 - 11:31 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute admitted after Game 1 on Monday that he still lacks confidence in his injured right shoulder.

Mbah a Moute was 0-of-6 from the floor in 17 minutes during Houston's loss to the Warriors in Game 1. Three of those six misses came at the rim on missed layups. "I can't dunk it right now. I don't trust it yet," Mbah a Moute said. "A lot of those plays, usually they are dunks, plays I had tonight. It was just like hesitating between dunking and trying to finish when guys are coming at you. It's a little tough, but I'll make that adjustment." If LMAM can't snap out of his slump, the Rockets will be forced to remove him from the rotation.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 10:33 AM


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