Player News - Rockets

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Ryan Anderson (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.

This news is not surprisingly. Anderson appeared to badly sprained his ankle Friday night when he landed on the foot of DeMarcus Cousins. At this point, it is unknown if Anderson will miss additional game(s) after Sunday, but the Rockets won't place too much importance on a few relatively meaningless regular season contests with the playoffs less than three weeks away. Eric Gordon may be inserted into the starting lineup on Sunday, with Trevor Ariza sliding to power forward. Sam Dekker will also see an uptick in minutes.
Mar 25 - 1:43 PM

Ryan Anderson (ankle) would not rule himself out of Sunday's game vs. OKC, but it appears he is unlikely to play.

Anderson sprained his right ankle in the second half of Friday's win over New Orleans. The Rockets are essentially locked into the three seed; thus, it makes sense to assume their focus will be on getting their roster as healthy as possible for the postseason. If Anderson does not play on Sunday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle believes that the Rockets will likely start Trevor Ariza as the power forward and move Eric Gordon into the starting lineup.
Mar 25 - 11:32 AM

James Harden scored 38 points during a 117-107 win over the Pelicans on Friday with 17 assists, seven rebounds, one block, two steals and five 3-pointers.

That's his NBA-high eighth 30-plus scoring game this month. Harden also scored or assisted on 77 points tonight, and he's currently on pace to set the record for that department this season with 57.7 points per game -- Nate Archibald has the record with 56.8 in 1972-73. He has scored at least 38 points in four straight and will get a big MVP-caliber matchup with Russell Westbrook Sunday afternoon. There will be triple-doubles.
Mar 25 - 2:38 AM

Patrick Beverley scored 17 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Friday.

That's two great games in a row with a 14-point game coming on Wednesday. While Beverley isn't known for his offense, he does get a 3.3 usage rate increase when Ryan Anderson (ankle) is on the bench. He should have a solid week and is a must-start player in standard leagues.
Mar 25 - 2:30 AM

Eric Gordon scored 14 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

He's finally out of his slump over his last five, averaging 12.8 points, 2.8 boards, 3.2 assists and 2.4 treys on 43.1 percent from the field in that span. With Ryan Anderson (ankle) likely to miss time, Gordon should be looking at some added scoring opportunities. He's still more of a specialist.
Mar 25 - 2:27 AM

Lou Williams scored five points with two rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

He has been ice cold lately, but the Rockets may need him more with Ryan Anderson (ankle) going down tonight. Expect Williams to heat up as a scoring and treys specialist.
Mar 25 - 2:22 AM

Ryan Anderson (right ankle) had a badly swollen ankle after Friday's game.

He sprained his right ankle after stepping on Cousins' foot and went straight to the locker room in the second half. Anderson said it's too soon to know about how much time he'll miss, but it didn't sound positive about playing against OKC on Sunday. If he's out, the Rockets will be rolling with more multiple-guard lineups and Sam Dekker should see some extra minutes. If you want to drop Ryno, it makes sense.
Mar 24 - 11:16 PM

Eric Gordon scored 18 points with four 3-pointers in Monday's 125-124 win against the Nuggets.

Gordon has been able to coexist with Lou Williams since the Rockets acquired the latter from the Lakers. However, Gordon is averaging just 12.8 points per game in March, his worst month of the season in terms of points. He remains a useful option in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams, although his shot attempts are down since Williams arrived on the scene.
Mar 21 - 12:45 AM

Clint Capela scored 12 points with nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 27 minutes Monday against the Nuggets.

Capela's minutes were curtailed only due to foul trouble and not due to performance or injury. He ranks fourth in the NBA in field goal percentage and continues to be a tremendous asset for those in rotisserie fantasy formats.
Mar 21 - 12:39 AM

James Harden scored a game-high 39 points with 11 assists, seven rebounds, four steals and four 3-pointers in Monday's win against the Nuggets.

The Beard has 38 or more points in three straight games and four of his past five outings. He has managed three or more 3-pointers in five of his past six contests while rolling up two or more steals in four straight and six of the past seven. Harden continues to post huge fantasy totals and the Rockets will not rest their players until they're locked into a playoff seed, so the good times will continue to roll.
Mar 21 - 12:34 AM

Troy Williams has been assigned to Houston's D-League affiliate.

Williams has yet to make his Houston debut, and he won't have a meaningful role with the team this season as long as the Rockets are at full strength. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 20 - 5:40 PM

Troy Williams has signed with the Rockets for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

Williams has yet to make his Houston debut, so there's not reason to own him in any setting.
Mar 20 - 3:52 PM

James Harden had another triple-double against the Nuggets during a 109-105 win on Saturday, scoring 40 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, eight turnovers and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

That extends his NBA record seven 40-point triple-doubles in one season. Harden also has four consecutive triple-doubles, and it does help he's camping out under the rim more often these days. The Rockets are not expected to rest their players until they are locked in to their seed to allow them to grow as a team and develop chemistry. That is music to the ears of Harden fantasy owners.
Mar 19 - 1:31 AM

Trevor Ariza scored two points with nine rebounds, one assist and one block in 34 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

Just when you thought he was rolling again, Ariza is back to being cold. He only scored eight points on Friday after his 20-point Wednesday. Ariza hasn't been great since the break, but his minutes haven't fallen off like some others and another reason he's fallen off is because of a drop in steals while not making as many treys. Even as a bit of a headache, Ariza is still a must-start guy.
Mar 19 - 1:23 AM

Ryan Anderson scored 10 points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

He did have to go to the locker room for a cut on his face with about a minute left in the first half -- Anderson did start the second half. Somewhat surprisingly, Anderson's usage rate is actually up after the break, but his efficiency and minutes are both down quite a bit. He actually hasn't really been worth owning in standard leagues and is only a specialist.
Mar 19 - 1:19 AM


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