Player News - Rockets

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Eric Gordon hit six triples off the bench on his way to 18 points against the Mavericks on Saturday.

EG shot 6-of-14 from the field and and took nine attempts from beyond the arc, adding one rebound and three assists in 26 minutes. He was on his way to a big night, but the Rockets blew out the Mavs by 22 points. Gordon has been on fire lately, scoring 14+ points in nine straight games with at least three triples in each game.
Dec 10 - 11:10 PM

Ryan Anderson scored four points on 2-of-8 shooting on Saturday vs. the Mavericks.

It wasn't a great matchup for him with Harrison Barnes starting at the four for Dallas, and he only added seven rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes. Since his 29-point outburst against the Warriors on Dec. 1, Anderson has been pretty quiet with averages of 10.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 triples on 30.4 percent shooting over his last five. He'll heat up again, so stick with him.
Dec 10 - 11:06 PM

Nene picked up a DNP-CD on Saturday vs. the Mavericks.

He wasn't on the injury report and he said he wanted to play, but it's not a surprise that coach Mike D'Antoni opted to rest him on the second night of a back-to-back set. Leave Nene on the wire.
Dec 10 - 11:01 PM

James Harden scored 18 points on 4-of-12 shooting (8-of-10 FTs) with 16 assists, nine rebounds, two steals, two triples and a pair of turnovers in Saturday's 109-87 win over the Mavericks.

He REALLY wanted his triple-double, as he played 40 minutes in the blowout win -- Trevor Ariza (33 minutes) was the only other starter who eclipsed the 30-minute mark. Coach Mike D'Antoni probably forgot that he told the media last week he wanted to bring Harden's minutes down to 34. The Rockets have won six straight games and have beaten some serious competition in that span including the Warriors, Celtics and Thunder.
Dec 10 - 10:56 PM

The Rockets are still gathering medical info on Donatas Motiejunas' physical exam.

The Rockets are not ready to activate him yet. Coach Mike D'Antoni said there are "some issues" on D-Mo, so that explains it. Motiejunas' role is unclear, so there's no need to stash him in most leagues.
Dec 10 - 7:22 PM

Nene is not on the injury report for Saturday's game against the Mavs.

He does want to play, but this would be his first time on both games of a back-to-back. Nene will come off the bench, so we won't get a 100 percent answer on this. Clint Capela is fine regardless, but Montrezl Harrell is a question mark for minutes.
Dec 10 - 5:17 PM

James Harden scored 21 points during a 102-99 win over the Thunder on Friday, adding nine rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

He beat his former team, but it certainly wasn't his best game. Harden had eight turnovers and made just 6-of-23 from the field. Interestingly, he's not touching the ball as much since Pat Beverley has returned. Before Beverley, Harden had a time of possession of 9.5 minutes per game, but that number has dropped to 8.7 in the previous 11 games before tonight. He's still going to be a stat monster and so much for coach Mike D'Antoni dropping his minutes, right?
Dec 10 - 12:36 AM

Pat Beverley scored three points with 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and no turnovers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

The OKC fans do not like Pat-Bev after he collided with Russell Westbrook to cause an injury a couple years ago. Beverley gave coach Mike D'Antoni a huge bump at the end of the game and D'Antoni joked he'll be out for two games (video in link below). Beverley did a fantastic job on Westbrook tonight and he's certainly earned all of his minutes. Despite his lack of scoring, Beverley has sixth-round value in standard leagues. He may be able to hold it, too.
Source: Youtube
Dec 10 - 12:34 AM

Eric Gordon scored 17 points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

He's on a serious heater from deep with at least three treys in eight straight games. Since 2011, only Stephen Curry has posted a double-digit consecutive game streak with at least three treys -- Curry has done it three different times with 17 being his most. Gordon is second in the NBA for 3-pointers -- behind you know who -- and clearly loves his role as the sixth man. He has sixth-round value on the season with an upward trend.
Dec 10 - 12:21 AM

Clint Capela played 17 minutes against the Thunder on Friday with 13 points and six boards.

Coach Mike D'Antoni went with Nene over Capela late in this game, which may have been due to Capela's issues at the foul line. Capela has been fantastic all season and should be all good for Saturday against the Mavs. Nene could sit, too.
Dec 10 - 12:15 AM

Nene will play on Friday and wants to play on Saturday.

The Rockets are on a back-to-back set and have been limiting Nene. Montrezl Harrell has been solid, so it makes sense to rest Nene tomorrow. Clint Capela is having a big season and isn't affected here.
Dec 9 - 6:34 PM

Numerous outlets are reporting that the Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas' have agreed to a new deal.

It appears the drama is finally over. Motiejunas' deal with the Rockets is worth $31 million if hits no bonuses, $35 million if hits all likely bonuses and $37 million if hits every possible bonus. Although he has an intriguing upside, Motiejunas will only likely see limited minutes off the bench in Houston, especially initially as he works his way back into game shape.
Dec 9 - 10:22 AM

The Rockets will hold Donatas Motiejunas to the offer sheet he signed, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

This means they won't be returning him to restricted free agency. The Rockets are going to play the waiting game and hope D-Mo changes his mind, as he is reportedly at odds with Houston because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Nets. He won't have much fantasy value in Houston, so he's not a great stash unless his situation changes.
Dec 8 - 2:10 PM

Patrick Beverley tied his career-high with 12 assists on Wednesday, adding 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a pair of 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

Bev shot 4-of-9 from the field and his five turnovers are the only smudge on an otherwise pristine line. One of his caveats in fantasy leagues has always been a lack of assists from the PG position, but so far this season he's averaging a career-high 3.9 dimes per game, which should hit four per game after tonight. Pick him up if you need a guard.
Dec 8 - 12:30 AM

Sam Dekker bounced back on Wednesday with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 23 minutes vs. the Lakers.

The Rockets have won four straight games and Dekker's contributions are a subtle reason for their success. He's emerged as a favorite reserve of Mike D'Antoni's and if you ignore Monday's quiet game, he's averaging 12.5 points, 1.0 threes, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in his past four contests. He's a nice deep-league pickup and is even starting to gain traction in standard formats.
Dec 8 - 12:29 AM


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