Player News - Rockets

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Josh Smith struggled with his shot on Sunday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

Smith had been playing fairly well through the month of February, averaging 13.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.9 three-pointers on a respectable 46.6 percent shooting from the field. He'll get a matchup against the Hawks on Tuesday, so hopefully he can bounce-back from tonight's rough shooting performance under the "revenge-game" narrative.
Mar 1 - 7:34 PM

Trevor Ariza finished Sunday's overtime win over the Cavs with just four points on 1-of-4 shooting (2-of-2 from the line), but also added seven rebounds, three assists, four steals, two blocks and three turnovers.

Ariza spent much of the game guarding LeBron James, and was conversely guarded by James on offense, which resulted in a less than stellar offensive outing. However, he salvaged his line with his across-the-board contributions, and that's really where his value comes from anyway. Ariza is currently fourth in the league in total steals, and aside from tonight's outing, he's been on a tear since the All-Star break, knocking down 44.1 percent of his shots. Look for Ariza to be more involved in the offense during Tuesday’s showdown with the Hawks.
Mar 1 - 7:27 PM

Terrence Jones had another solid outing on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting (6-of-9 from the line), with seven rebounds and one 3-pointer through 44 minutes of action.

This is the first game since the All-Star break that Jones did not record a block, which tells you just how good he's been. He's averaging 15.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, and a whopping 3.0 blocks per game since the break, and he shows no signs of slowing down. It'll be interesting to see how/if his minutes are affected in the rotation upon Dwight Howard's return, but for now, owners can simply enjoy the ride.
Mar 1 - 7:16 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting during Sunday's win over the Cavs, adding two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover through 31 minutes of action.

Motiejunas has been playing well since the All-Star break, averaging 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 three-pointer, and 0.8 steals and blocks per game. He should be able to maintain his late-round value for as long as Dwight Howard is sidelined.
Mar 1 - 7:10 PM

Patrick Beverley scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting on Sunday, with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists, and three turnovers.

Beverley has struggled with his shot for much of the season, but was particularly bad during the month of February, connecting on just 28.8 percent of his shots. While we'd like to view tonight's shooting performance as a positive, it does come with a bit of an asterisk as Kyrie Irving was on the sidelines. Beverley will draw a tough matchup against the Hawks on Tuesday, so that game will be a better indicator as to whether he's finally ready to step out of his shooting slump.
Mar 1 - 7:05 PM

James Harden kept up his torrid pace during Sunday's thrilling overtime win over the Cavs, notching 33 points (8-of-18 from the field, 15-of-18 from the line), eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, two blocks and five turnovers.

This was Harden's NBA-leading 26th game with more than 30 points, and this performance will certainly help his case for MVP-honors. Harden also logged 42 minutes tonight, which would suggest that his ankle injury is no longer an issue. He's averaging 22.6 points, 8.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 three-pointers, since the All-Star break, while shooting 84.2 percent from the charity stripe on 11.4 attempts per game. Simply put, he’s a beast.
Mar 1 - 6:52 PM

Trevor Ariza is hot to start his post-break run, making 3.4 triples per game in his last five games.

That is tied for fourth in the NBA in that span. A whopping 61.0 percent of his shots in his last five have been catch-and-shoot 3s, making 44.4 percent of them. Ariza has also seen his usage rate climb to 17.6 in his last five, which is up from 16.1 in his month before the break. He looks poised for a strong finish.
Mar 1 - 10:47 AM

Pablo Prigioni needed stitches above his left eye and should be fine going forward.

He's scored a grand total of five points in his four games with the Rockets and that even came with Patrick Beverley missing two of those games. Prigioni has no fantasy value.
Feb 28 - 3:28 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) has not yet progressed to on-court activities, and he is still limited to swimming, weight lifting and running on a weight-controlled treadmill.

He has been sidelined since Jan. 25 due to his ailing knee, and this report suggests that he still has a long way to go in his recovery. He is scheduled to have several MRI's in the coming week, so we should be able to provide an additional update on his timetable soon. With fantasy playoffs just around the corner, Howard's owners may need to evaluate their options. Terrence Jones has been on fire for the Rockets, and he will continue to be the primary beneficiary for the foreseeable future. Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith are locked into larger roles as well.
Feb 28 - 12:53 PM

Terrence Jones scored a season-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting (no threes) with 12 rebounds and one block in the Rockets' 102-98 win over the Nets on Friday.

Jones hit all four of his free throws and he's been a stud since the All Star break with top 25-35 value in his last four contests. Trevor Ariza also had a great night with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting (including five threes), five boards and two steals in the win.
Feb 28 - 3:22 AM

Patrick Beverley (illness) returned to action in Friday's win over the Nets, scoring nine points on 3-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 34 minutes.

This is better than we thought he'd do after multiple weeks looking banged up and/or sick. We're not sure he's over his current flu right now so owners should approach him with caution, but he's probably worth a pickup if he has been dropped after a really cold stretch.
Feb 28 - 3:19 AM

Donatas Motiejunas had a quiet night on Friday against the Nets, scoring 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, one assist and no steals or blocks in 24 minutes.

Motiejunas has hovered as a solid late-round value over the last month and unless he truly goes south he should be held in all 12-team formats.
Feb 28 - 3:18 AM

Josh Smith nearly double-doubled with 10 points and nine rebounds to go with two assists and four blocks in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Smoove was in the house with an 0-for-5 mark from long distance, but the Rockets don't care and they shouldn't care with him hitting 33.7 percent of his looks from deep. He was in a tiny slump and his value with the Rockets in the top 60-80 range is a better measuring stick.
Feb 28 - 3:14 AM

Updating a previous report, James Harden (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

Head coach Kevin McHale said that he has no plan to limit Harden's minutes, but he will keep an eye on his ankle and make adjustments if he’s in any noticeable pain. Harden has been an absolute beast this season, leading the league in scoring with 27.2 points per game while chipping in 5.8 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2.7 three-pointers. Get him active for tonight's favorable matchup against the Nets.
Feb 27 - 7:08 PM

Patrick Beverley (illness) will play against the Nets on Friday.

He will have a minutes limit tonight. Beverley probably won't be shooting the ball more than six times or so because he's in a slump. He's more of a stash in standard leagues until he gets it going. Jason Terry can be dropped in most leagues.
Feb 27 - 7:08 PM


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