Player News - Rockets

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Nene will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

Nene got the start on Monday, but only played 14 minutes despite the team not having Clint Capela (thumb), and he'll probably be looking at similar minutes tonight. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, he's not worth your attention in fantasy hoops.
Jan 16 - 6:29 PM

James Harden, Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, P.J. Tucker and Gary Clark will get the start against the Nets on Wednesday.

On Monday, the Rockets had used five centers in the first 14 minutes against the Grizzlies, and they ditched a traditional center for most of the second half even against Marc Gasol. Clearly, the Rockets do not trust Nene, Isaiah Hartenstein and Marquese Chriss to log decent minutes, so Clark looks like the winner here. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Jan 16 - 6:28 PM

Eric Gordon (knee) is back in the starting lineup against the Nets on Wednesday.

He's missed the last eight games due to a knee contusion to his bad knee that gave him problems in New Orleans. The Rockets desperately need him to play minutes, so he could hit the ground running in his return today. He's worth an add in standard leagues until Chris Paul (hamstring) returns.
Jan 16 - 6:25 PM

James Ennis (calf) will not play against the Nets on Wednesday.

Well, the Rockets are going to be really shorthanded with Danuel House also out. Gary Clark is likely looking at his biggest chance for minutes today, so he could be a DFS punt play or streamer in season-long leagues.
Jan 16 - 5:47 PM

There's some hope that Eric Gordon (knee) will be able to return to the court for Wednesday's game against the Nets, according to sources of Shams Charania.

Gordon is officially being listed as questionable, and we'll have a better idea on his status following shootaround, but it appears there's a chance he'll make it back to the court following an eight-game absence tonight. He'll likely start if he's cleared, which would translate to fewer minutes for Austin Rivers and Gerald Green. Stay tuned.
Jan 16 - 11:01 AM

The Rockets are reportedly set to sign James Nunnally to a 10-day deal.

They sure could use some more backcourt depth with Chris Paul (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (knee) out, so Nunnally could immediately be thrust into the rotation in Houston. He hasn't done much to this point in his career, though, so this is a wait-and-see situation in most leagues.
Jan 16 - 10:17 AM

The Rockets were not able to negotiate a contract for Danuel House.

The Rockets quickly used up his 45 days as a two-way player and he delivered with some awesome performances. Unfortunately, he'll be sent packing to the G-League and the Rockets will add another wing with a 10-day contract. Gerald Green will be asked to step up even more until the Rockets get some bodies back.
Jan 15 - 8:19 PM

Brandon Knight (left knee soreness) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Nets.

Wednesday will be the second consecutive game on the sideline for the oft-injured guard. He belongs on waivers in all formats.
Jan 15 - 1:42 PM

Eric Gordon (right knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Nets.

Gordon has been sidelined since late December, but coach Mike D'Atoni said on Monday that Gordon might be able to make it back to the court sometime this week. When he does return to game action, Gordon will eat into the playing time of Austin Rivers, Danuel House and Gerald Green.
Jan 15 - 12:51 PM

Gary Clark finished Houston’s win over Memphis Monday night with eight points (3-of-4 FGs), three rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

The 26 minutes are the most that Clark’s played in a game since November 15 vs. the Warriors, and in his ten appearances prior to Monday he was averaging just 10.1 minutes per. With Clint Capela (right thumb) out that’s opened up some minutes for Clark, especially with Nene, Isaiah Hartenstein and Marquese Chriss not being all that productive against the Grizzlies. Like P.J. Tucker the rookie out of Cincinnati spent some time at center as part of a smaller lineup, and his performance is unlikely to dissuade Mike D’Antoni from giving him more minutes moving forward.
Jan 14 - 10:58 PM

P.J. Tucker played 31 minutes Monday vs. the Grizzlies, posting a line of five points (1-of-6 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five assists, four rebounds, three steals and one three-pointer.

Tucker played multiple positions Monday night, even seeing some time at center as the Rockets look to account for the loss of starter Clint Capela. With the trio of Nene, Isaiah Hartenstein and Marquese Chriss not being particularly productive, there were points in the game when Tucker was asked to take on that assignment as part of a "small" lineup. It wouldn’t be a surprise of Mike D’Antoni continued this approach moving forward depending upon the matchup, with Tucker being physical enough to handle that responsibility when called upon.
Jan 14 - 10:56 PM

Danuel House was Houston’s second-leading scorer Monday vs. the Grizzlies, as he tallied 15 points (6-of-12 FGs), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

House, who moved into the starting lineup just before Christmas, extended his streak of double-digit scoring efforts to three Monday night (his second such streak as a starter). In 11 starts he’s averaging 10.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, shooting 48.6% from the field, 48.9% from three (2.0 makes per game) and 90.9% from the foul line. House may not play the same position as the injured Clint Capela (right thumb), but with the big man out of the lineup there will be more opportunities for the third-year wing to score given the Rockets’ lack of offense at the center position.
Jan 14 - 10:56 PM

Nene made his first start of the season Monday vs. the Grizzlies, playing 14 minutes and tallying two points (1-of-1 FGs) and three rebounds.

Prior to the game Mike D’Antoni said that Nene, who replaced the injured Clint Capela (right thumb) in the starting lineup would play 18-20 minutes with Marquese Chriss and Isaiah Hartenstein getting most of the remaining minutes at center. Houston was able to play its veteran center even less than that thanks to the nature of the game, and they’ll continue to monitor his minutes moving forward. Houston’s three-headed "monster" at center didn’t have much of an impact, as they combined for two points, nine rebounds (four by Hartenstein) and one assist. The Rockets also stole some minutes by using rookie Gary Clark and veteran P.J. Tucker at the five, and that may be something D’Antoni looks to do moving forward in order to get more offensive production from that spot. As for Nene, he isn’t much of a fantasy option due to the minutes he plays and the fact that his role offensively is primarily that of a screener.
Jan 14 - 10:33 PM

Gerald Green shot 4-of-11 from three Monday night, finishing with 14 points (5-of-13 FGs), six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot in 30 minutes.

Not only does the loss of Clint Capela impact the starters but the reserves as well, with the Rockets in need of another consistent scoring option to supplement the Herculean efforts of James Harden. Green put forth a solid effort against the Grizzles Monday night, scoring more points than he did in the prior two games combined (11 on 4-of-14 shooting). Prior to that two-game cold spell the veteran wing reached double figures in five straight games, averaging 16.8 points per appearance on 50.9% shooting from the field and 41.3% shooting from beyond the arc (3.8 made three-pointers per game). Green's a player worth keeping an eye on for now, as he hasn't been consistent enough in non-scoring categories to warrant grabbing him off the waiver wire immediately.
Jan 14 - 10:24 PM

James Harden did it all for the shorthanded Rockets Monday night, scoring 57 points (17-of-33 FGs, 17-of-18 FTs) with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, one blocked shot and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

With starting center Clint Capela (right thumb) out of the lineup, and the reigning MVP put the Rockets on his back and carried the team to the win. Harden extended his streak of consecutive games with at least 30 points (now at 17) before halftime, and the 57 points (his third 50-point game this season) is his high this season. According to Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston, he is the third player in NBA history to have a 30-point streak of at least 17 games, joining Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor. Not having Capela takes away the lob in the ball screen actions that Houston runs for Harden, so there will be some adjusting to do in that regard. And if the Rockets don’t get more production from their remaining bigs, The Beard may have to put up high-scoring efforts like this to keep the team afloat in the Western Conference playoff race.
Jan 14 - 10:22 PM

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