Player News - Rockets

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Mike D'Antoni, Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich are the finalists for Coach of the Year.

D'Antoni's system and James Harden busting out led to the Rockets rising to No. 3 in the Western Conference from not making the playoffs last year. Coach Spo continues to turn trash to treasure with a litany of players turning their careers around as his Heat team just missed the playoffs. Of course, Pop is arguably the best coach of all time.
May 19 - 8:10 PM

Lou Williams, Eric Gordon and Andre Iguodala are the finalists for Sixth Man of the Year.

Williams was almost lapping the field during his Lakers days, but he did lose some ground in Houston with even coach Mike D'Antoni calling him the seventh man. Williams also only made one start all season, averaging 18.6 points per game in his 58 outings as a Laker.
May 19 - 7:50 PM

Moses Malone Jr. is suing James Harden for allegedly orchestrating a plan to rob him.

According to a report from Fox 26 in Houston, Malone Jr. is alleging that Harden paid a group of people $20,000 in cash to attack and rob Malone at a club last year. Apparently, Malone claims Harden was offended by a Facebook post from Malone that criticized Harden. Harden's attorney denies all charges on behalf of his client.
May 16 - 12:28 PM

Clint Capela said he wants to get stronger and be more consistent next season.

"Now, I know that I can handle the role of a starting center," Capela said. "Now, my goal is to be more consistent and to be able to play more minutes and, like I did after this past summer get better, get stronger. Keep working and get better." The Rockets are very high on the 22-year-old center and GM Daryl Morey believes he can become an All-Star. He averaged 12.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 blocks in 23.9 minutes per game in 2016-17, but really shined in the playoffs when he averaged 2.5 blocks. He's poised for a big 2017-18, but fantasy owners would like to see him continue to make progress from the free throw line -- he shot 53.1 percent from the line during the regular season.
May 14 - 11:38 AM

Nene said he will not need surgery to repair his ruptured groin muscle.

"It's great. Very positive," Nene said. "We thought I was supposed to have [surgery]. I don't need [surgery]." This is wonderful news for the 34-year-old veteran because surgery would've required four to six months on the shelf. Instead, Nene will rehab for 6-8 weeks and is fully expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Nene was excellent in the postseason with averages of 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals in just 17.9 minutes per game, and he's likely going to get a nice raise this summer after playing for only $2.9 million in 2016-17. He's hopeful to re-sign with the Rockets and the feeling is likely mutual.
May 14 - 11:28 AM

Sam Dekker (ankle) was in a walking boot this week.

He sprained his ankle at the end of Game 6. Dekker said it was "nothing crazy" after the game, so it shouldn't affect his offseason regiment.
May 13 - 9:36 PM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he may consider giving James Harden more rest during the regular season in 2017-18.

Harden played poorly and looked strangely lethargic in the Rockets 39-point home loss to the Spurs in Game 6. He scored just 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting and committed six turnovers. He was also held scoreless and turned the ball over three times in the overtime period of Game 5. D'Antoni acknowledged that fatigue may have played a factor. "Maybe he does need to take a game off here and there. 'Hey, you're nicked up a little bit, don't play,'" said D'Antoni.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 9:19 AM

Nene, a pending free agent, said that "of course" he would like to return to Houston next season.

"Of course I'd like to be back. This place was great for me," said Nene. "They brought the younger Nene back. I got young, I got healthy and I got happy. Of course, I want to be back." Nene also said that he will be fully recovered from his torn left adductor in 6-8 weeks. The Rockets paid Nene only $2.9 million last season, and he greatly exceeded expectations. They will likely have to bump up his salary to retain him.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 1:32 PM

James Harden made just 2-of-11 from the field for 10 points during an embarrassing 114-75 season-ending loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding three rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and six turnovers in 37 minutes.

It was a really, really bad first half for Harden, who turned the ball over five times with just two makes from the field and didn't even attempt a field goal in the first half. With Harden's woeful time down the stretch in Game 5 coupled with this dud, one has to think if Harden was either hurting or maybe something wasn't right with him. The Rockets did have an unwritten agreement to play as much as they could during the season to develop their chemistry, and also going with a seven-man rotation in Game 5, so it's fair to say Harden just wore down. Plus, he was passing up open looks a ton during this game. All this said, Harden had an MVP-caliber season and will be in the mix for a top pick in fantasy next year.
May 11 - 10:38 PM

Clint Capela scored 15 points with 12 rebounds, two steals and one block in 35 minutes against the Spurs during a season-ending loss on Thursday.

While this is obviously a crushing blow, the biggest positive here for Houston is they know they have a good one in Clint Capela. Plus, he also showed he could play bigger minutes after averaging just 23.9 per game during the season. He'll likely be in the mix as a top-five shot blocker with close to a double-double average next season.
May 11 - 10:35 PM

Ryan Anderson went scoreless on his six attempts from the field in 25 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, adding six rebounds and two turnovers.

The Rockets actually had some success with Ryan Anderson at the five during the season, but it just didn't work out against this team. He also had 72 games played this year after missing at least 14 games in each of the previous three years. He'll likely be in a similar role next year and will likely be in the neighborhood of his 13.6 points per game from 2016-17.
May 11 - 10:32 PM

Eric Gordon scored six points with one rebound, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

The loss of Nene hurt the Rockets and starting Gordon didn't work out for coach Mike D'Antoni. Gordon was able to stay fairly healthy during his first year in Houston and he's obviously in the best possible landing spot with Houston's style, but Gordon has sort of trended down following a huge December. He's likely shaping up to only be a late-round pick in standard leagues.
May 11 - 10:29 PM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said that he will likely stick with the same starters and rotation for Game 6 vs. the Spurs on Thursday.

This means the Rockets will start Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela with Lou Williams and Ryan Anderson playing heavy minutes off the bench. The Rockets paid the price for only using seven players in Game 5 because fatigue was an issue, so it still wouldn't be a total surprise if D'Antoni gives Sam Dekker or Montrezl Harrell a handful of minutes -- D'Antoni said he will "think about it."
May 11 - 11:48 AM

Eric Gordon started in Tuesday's Game 5 loss to the Spurs, scoring 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes.

Gordon's numbers were actually better as a reserve during the regular season, but you have to love that the Rockets played him for 44 minutes and only used a seven-man rotation. Despite tonight's quiet line, Gordon should be able to bounce back with a better performance in Game 6 on Thursday. Lou Williams added six points and four assists and Trevor Ariza notched nine points with eight rebounds and a full line.
May 10 - 12:12 AM

Patrick Beverley (personal) scored 20 points in Tuesday's Game 5 loss to the Spurs, shooting 6-of-10 from the field with four rebounds, one assist and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

His grandfather passed away on Sunday and Beverley didn't practice with the Rockets on Monday so that he could spend some time with his family. "I talked to my family members, my first cousin, all my family back home in Chicago, and everybody wanted me to play tonight," Beverley said before Game 5. He added that his grandfather was his biggest fan and that he attended every game that he could. Beverley fought through tears in Game 4 and still managed to score 10 points with six assists, four rebounds, one steal and two triples in 26 minutes, so it's not a surprise that he responded with another awesome performance tonight.
May 10 - 12:05 AM


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