Player News - Rockets

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Josh Smith caught fire down the stretch of Sunday's Game 4 loss in Dallas, finishing with 23 points (8-of-10 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

Smoove's shot selection tonight is a testament to the Rockets' offensive system -- he had five attempts beyond the arc, four attempts in the paint, and one "mid-range shawty" look from 11 feet. The Rockets are still firmly in control of the series with a 3-1 lead and they'll look to close out the Mavs with a win in Houston on Tuesday.
Apr 27 - 12:42 AM

Corey Brewer drained 9-of-15 shots to finish Sunday's Game 4 loss with 22 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes off the Rockets' bench.

Brewer hit one 3-pointer and went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He was a 26.8 percent shooter from downtown during the regular season yet he's averaging 2.0 triples on 60.0 percent shooting from deep in four games vs. Dallas. That's less surprising when you consider that Dallas gave up 9.1 triples per game to opponents this season, the highest mark of any team in the league. The Mavs were also below-average vs. opponent's bench players, so this is a tailor-made matchup for Brewer.
Apr 27 - 12:41 AM

Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road.
Apr 27 - 12:30 AM

Terrence Jones started Game 4 on Sunday but he played only 18 minutes to finish with 13 points, six rebounds and one steal.

With Donatas Motiejunas out for the playoffs following back surgery, we've been expecting bigger postseason numbers from T-Jones as the Rockets' starting power forward. He was again overshadowed by Josh Smith, however, and through four games he's averaging only 12.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting. He also has zero assists or blocks in his past three games and owners should at least temper expectations while Houston is matched up with the Mavericks.
Apr 27 - 12:13 AM

Jason Terry said he'll wear all black before Game 4 on Sunday to prepare for the Mavs' funeral in the postseason.

"My attire is like my car, black on black, because at the end of the day when you're in a close-out situation the great Mario Elie once told me prepare yourself for a funeral because you can bury them tomorrow," Terry said. This isn't really news that affects the lineups or fantasy, but bulletin board material is always a fun little storyline, especially since Terry won a title with the Mavs in 2011.
Apr 25 - 4:25 PM

James Harden scored 42 points on 15-of-24 shooting (5-of-7 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with five rebounds, nine assists and one steal in the Rockets' 130-128 win over the Mavs in Game 3 on Friday.

The Mavs fielded one of the worst defensive squads we've seen in the playoffs in a very long time, if not the worst of all time. The Rockets take a 3-0 lead into Sunday's Game 4 matchup and with a win they'll be able to rest up for the winner of the Spurs-Clippers series.
Apr 24 - 10:01 PM

Dwight Howard grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in Friday's Game 3 win over the Mavs, and also chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

Howard has looked great so far in the playoffs and owners can deal with his long-term knee issues over the summer at this rate. Terrence Jones went for 12 and six, Corey Brewer scored 15 points, and Josh Smith added 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and two triples in the win.
Apr 24 - 9:58 PM

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said he's been impressed with Clint Capela.

While the 20-year-old still has a lot of growing to do, his work ethic has caught the eye of his general manager. "Clint is another guy Coach McHale has worked with all year and has been grooming to give us minutes, but frankly most of us felt that it was going to be in the future," Morey said. "For him to really step up the way that he has is a testament to his work ethic and how much time he’s put into both practice and the games and with his [D-League team]." Capela could see some minutes open up for himself next season, but he'll still be limited to more of a deep league fantasy option barring injuries.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 1:05 PM

Josh Smith dominated the second half of Tuesday's win vs. the Mavericks, finishing with 15 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block off the bench.

The nine dimes tied Smith's playoff-high and he looked Smoove indeed, sealing the victory with a barrage of alley-oop passes to Dwight Howard. Smith committed five fouls in 26 minutes and this might stand as his best performance of the postseason, but he's already justified Daryl Morey's decision to claim him after the Pistons jettisoned his contract in mid-December.
Apr 22 - 1:01 AM

Dwight Howard played a fear-inducing Game 2 on Tuesday with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Mavericks.

Howard made 8-of-11 free throws, spoiling any "Hack-a-Howard" strategy, and he finished 10-of-15 from the field after a barrage of alley-oops in the second half. The Rockets can take a bullet-proof series lead if they win in Dallas on Friday or Sunday.
Apr 22 - 12:55 AM

Terrence Jones left Tuesday's game in the third quarter after being elbowed in the face by Dwight Howard, but he quickly returned to action.

Jones' body language wasn't encouraging but the team said that he only suffered a bloody nose, and he was only limited in the second half due to Josh Smith's proficiency. He should be fine for Game 3.
Apr 21 - 11:25 PM

Dwight Howard was a difference-maker in the Game 1 win over the Mavericks on defense.

When Howard was on the floor Saturday night, the Rockets allowed 75.1 points per 100 possessions. When he was off, that number ballooned to 112.2 points per 100 possessions. The good news is Howard felt good out there over his 17 minutes, and his playing time should increase moving forward so long as he stays out of foul trouble.
Apr 20 - 10:57 AM

K.J. McDaniels has been diagnosed with a non-displaced right elbow fracture, and he will likely miss the entire post-season.

McDaniels is not a major part of the Rockets' rotations, so there aren't any fantasy implications with him unavailable.
Apr 19 - 5:26 PM

James Harden handled his business against the Mavs on Saturday during a 118-108 win, scoring 24 points with two rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

It's the first double-double of his playoff career and Harden just killed the Mavs at the line, making 15-of-17 from the charity stripe. The Mavs also having injuries to two wings, Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons, is really going to hurt because of how Harden draws so many fouls. This was far from Harden's best game, so the Rockets have to be pleased they won by double-digits tonight. They host the Mavs again on Tuesday for Game 2.
Apr 19 - 12:39 AM

Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 12:37 AM


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