Player News - Rockets

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Nene scored 17 points vs. the Bucks on Monday with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes.

Starting center Clint Capela also played 22 minutes while Montrezl Harrell was demoted to third string and only played four scoreless minutes. Coach Mike D'Antoni said before the game that his backup center choice could change depending on the matchup, so there's no real incentive to grab Nene. He's also a candidate for several maintenance days down the stretch.
Jan 23 - 11:23 PM

Montrezl Harrell returned to the bench and played just four minutes vs. the Bucks on Monday with zero points and zero rebounds.

Clint Capela started and played 22 minutes, while Nene got the call as the backup center and scored 17 points in 22 minutes. "Clint looked good the past few games. That was his role and that is what we want. It has nothing to do with [Montrezl Harrell] or Nene," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "All three are ready to go. We might switch them up and guys will play at different times. But our idea is that was Clint's job and his job to lose." Harrell's role is going to be too volatile to trust while Capela is healthy.
Jan 23 - 11:14 PM

Clint Capela moved back into the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Bucks and scored 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

The Rockets lost tonight, but they are 15-3 on the season when Capela starts next to Ryan Anderson. He logged 22 minutes and added three rebounds and one assist, but his role is only going to grow as he gets his legs under him. "I'm starting to feel like myself again," Capela said before the game. "I used to be the starter before I got hurt. I think tonight, I'll feel like myself." Coach Mike D'Antoni said the center spot is Capela's "job to lose" going forward, so Montrezl Harrell is no longer a legitimate threat.
Jan 23 - 11:09 PM

Ryan Anderson returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

He finally looked healthy and logged 29 minutes compared to 16 for promising second-year forward Sam Dekker. Anderson added three triples with one rebound, one assist and one steal, so it's time to get him back into your lineups with three more games on the schedule this week. "I feel amazing," Anderson said before the game. "I feel really good. You know when you make a turn, when you feel like such crap and make that turn, I'm so happy to feel like myself again."
Jan 23 - 11:02 PM

Sam Dekker returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks and scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting in 16 minutes.

This was a homecoming game for Dekker, but Ryan Anderson looked healthy and had the hot hand tonight. It's hard to ignore Dekker after he erupted for a career-high 30 points on Saturday with six triples, four rebounds and two steals, but the return of Anderson is really going to limit his upside. He added one rebound and missed all three of his triples, so he's more of a deep-league play until his role grows.
Jan 23 - 11:00 PM

James Harden scored 26 points with 12 assists, nine rebounds, four steals, one block and one triple in 40 minutes in Monday's 127-114 loss to the Bucks.

He came up one rebound short of his 14th triple-double on the season, but he's still leading the league with 39 double-doubles. Harden finished 6-of-10 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line, but according to StatMuse, he's the first player to finish with 11 turnovers in a regular season game vs. the Bucks in the last 30 years. The Rockets are suddenly struggling with five losses in their last eight games, but they will look to bounce back vs. the Celtics on Wednesday, a team that Harden dropped 37 points on earlier this season.
Jan 23 - 10:52 PM

Sam Dekker will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks.

This isn't a surprise with Ryan Anderson (illness) expected to play. Dekker scored a career-high 30 points in his first start on Saturday with six triples, four rebounds and two steals, so hopefully he's still heavily involved on Monday since Ryno likely isn't 100 percent. If you picked up Dekker, don't make another roster move until we see what his role looks like tonight.
Jan 23 - 12:45 PM

Clint Capela will start on Monday vs. the Bucks.

The Rockets have been bringing him off the bench in an effort to ease him back into action, but they are ready to return to their normal starting lineup of Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Capela -- that lineup is 15-2 this season. Capela is worth owning in standard leagues, while Montrezl Harrell will return to the bench and is trending in the wrong direction.
Jan 23 - 12:34 PM

Ryan Anderson (illness) and Clint Capela are expected to start on Monday vs. the Bucks.

Anderson only lasted nine minutes on Friday vs. the Warriors and was held out of Saturday's game vs. Memphis, so he's a risky play tonight until we confirm that he's 100 percent -- A doctor told him a few days ago that his bug could limit him for 1-2 weeks. With Ryno expected back, Sam Dekker will take the biggest hit, but he should still be involved Monday.
Jan 23 - 12:28 PM

Ryan Anderson (illness) is expected to play in Monday's game against Milwaukee.

Ryno has missed three of his last four games due to a stomach virus. He told ESPN that he was not able to eat for three days, but has eaten over the last two days and "feels better." Sam Dekker and Corey Brewer will lose some minutes when Ryno returns.
Jan 22 - 10:14 PM

Clint Capela came off the bench and had five points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in just 16 minutes on Saturday.

Capela blew up for 22 points and 12 boards in 21 minutes on Friday, but his minutes cut is understandable in a back-to-back situation with him coming off a broken leg. In any case, Capela's arrow is pointing up, while Montrezl Harrell's is pointing down. As long as Capela doesn't suffer a setback, you have to think he'll be back in the starting unit by the end of the upcoming week, if not much sooner.
Jan 22 - 12:05 AM

Montrezl Harrell started again on Saturday, but played just 16 minutes and finished with six points and two rebounds.

We said in his previous blurb that he'll need to have 20-24 minutes to hold value and those of you who dropped him early when Clint Capela was on the verge of a return should feel better about that decision after this one. There's still a chance Harrell could hold a little value, but he and Capela both got 16 minutes tonight and Capela's run should only increase as he gets healthy from a broken leg. Harrell is likely to end up on waivers in a ton of leagues if he continues to see his minutes drop, while a move to the bench is likely coming as well.
Jan 22 - 12:01 AM

James Harden scored 29 points with 10 assists, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in Saturday’s 119-95 victory over the Grizzlies.

This was his best game against Memphis this year, as he recorded his 38th double-double of the season. He will have a day of rest before playing against the Bucks on Monday, a team he scored 38 points with six rebounds and eight assists against in their last meeting. It should be business as usual for the Beard in that matchup.
Jan 21 - 11:28 PM

Nene scored 12 points with three rebounds, three steals and one block in Saturday’s win over the Grizzlies.

Nene returned to action after a night of rest and logged in 16 minutes. He remains the third man on the depth chart, behind Clint Capela and Montrezl Harrell. With that said, fantasy owners can leave Nene on the waivers.
Jan 21 - 11:19 PM

Trevor Ariza scored three points with 10 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

The 10 rebounds tied his season-high, but the three points was a season-low for Ariza. He did not turn the ball over, which is one of his strengths and despite a bad shooting night, he continues to be a top-40 fantasy player. Struggling against the Grizzlies is not out of the norm, as they are ranked 4th in defense efficiency and play at a slow pace. He looks to bounce back against Milwaukee on Monday, who are ranked 18th in defense efficiency.
Jan 21 - 11:12 PM

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