Player News - Rockets

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Trevor Ariza (back spasms) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Boston.

He said on Sunday that he was feeling better, but he sat out of practice and wouldn't commit to playing. If Ariza is held out, Sam Dekker has been playing really well and should get a nice boost -- he's played 26 or more minutes in three straight games, scoring in double digits in each.
Dec 5 - 12:09 PM

K.J. McDaniels (travel issues) was unable to attend Sunday's practice.

"As long as they communicate, some things you can't control," said head coach Mike D'Antoni of McDaniels' excused absence. He's not typically a fantasy option, but if Trevor Ariza (back) is forced to the sidelines on Monday's night, McDaniels could pop up on the deep league radar.
Dec 4 - 3:02 PM

The Rockets have recalled Kyle Wiltjer from his D-League stint.

He's played a total of 10 minutes this season.
Dec 4 - 2:20 PM

Mike D'Antoni said that Trevor Ariza (back) was feeling better, and the Rockets are listing him as day-to-day.

Ariza exited Friday's game during the closing minutes with back spasms and did not return, but Houston was up by 20 when Ariza tapped out. He did sit out Sunday's practice, and while he did say he was feeling better, he acknowledged that he might not play Monday vs. Boston. If he’s out, Corey Brewer and K.J. McDaniels would see a boost in value.
Dec 4 - 2:17 PM

James Harden scored 20 points during a 128-110 win in Denver on Friday, adding six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer.

Not a bad win for a team that didn't get into the high altitude until 5 a.m. following a win in Oakland. Harden's shot was off a bit and it took him until late in the fourth to make his trey, which made him the first player in Rockets history to make a 3-pointer in each of the first 20 games of a season. The Rockets are completely ridiculous with their 3-pointers lately, attempting 39.4 per game in their last five. Meanwhile, they've only taken 6.0 midrange shots in their last five -- Harrison Barnes has taken 8.2 midrange shots per game in his last five. Harden is an MVP candidate with his league-leading assists and has his team sitting in the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference.
Dec 3 - 2:57 AM

Ryan Anderson scored 18 points with six rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers against the Nuggets on Friday.

He scored 11 points in the first quarter and was driving Nuggets coach Mike Malone up a wall. Anderson has 4.0 treys per game in his last three and is out of his slump from last month. Interestingly, he even played some minutes at the five tonight. He is trending up again for his patient owners in standard leagues.
Dec 3 - 2:49 AM

Clint Capela double-doubled against the Nuggets on Friday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

Not that there was any concern at all after Capela's playing time slightly dropped against the Warriors, but this may help those extreme worriers. He's one of the best pick-and-roll bigs in the NBA and is tailor-made for the offense right now. Before tonight, Capela ranked first in points per game off cuts and third on roll-man scoring. He's having a breakout season.
Source: Synergy
Dec 3 - 2:44 AM

Patrick Beverley scored 11 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

If not for garbage time, Beverley's minutes would have likely been more than his 29 from Thursday. Beverley does only have a team-low 12.0 usage rate, but the Rockets are very successful when he's on the court with his team-high 13.8 net rating. He's posting eighth-round value on the year and could hold that value.
Dec 3 - 2:40 AM

Montrezl Harrell was the backup center again on Friday, scoring eight points with three rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes.

The Rockets surprisingly rested Nene for a second straight game. That may have been due to how well Harrell played on Thursday or perhaps it could even be a rotation change. Hopefully, Mike D'Antoni sheds some light on this, but Harrell is still only going to be the backup center. He's only worth a look if you're desperate at center.
Dec 3 - 2:35 AM

Corey Brewer played 13 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday with two points, one assist, one steal and one turnover.

Trevor Ariza (back) was hurt in this game, which could help Brewer. He's really fallen down in the wing pecking order, but coach Mike D'Antoni may opt to go with Brewer in the first unit to keep some continuity. Just keep an eye on Brewer with his low upside.
Dec 3 - 2:33 AM

K.J. McDaniels scored two points in four minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

He only saw garbage time, but McDaniels could be called upon to step up for Trevor Ariza (back). There's no need to add him in almost any league, but he could get in the rotation.
Dec 3 - 2:30 AM

Sam Dekker scored a career-high 17 points against the Nuggets on Friday, adding four rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

It was a fantastic game for Dekker, who was already playing the best ball of his career coming into this game. He played clutch minutes against the Warriors on Thursday and is fitting right in for coach Mike D'Antoni with minutes at both forward spots. With Trevor Ariza (back) going down tonight, Dekker is a speculative add in competitive leagues.
Dec 3 - 2:27 AM

Updating a previous report, Trevor Ariza left Friday's game vs. Denver with back spasms.

He didn't return, but there was only a few minutes left. Ariza played 43 minutes the night before and logged 31 minutes tonight, but luckily he gets two days off before Monday's game vs. Boston. He finished with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists, five steals and four treys. If we get some bad news on Ariza, Sam Dekker would get some extra burn. To be clear, Ariza should be fine.
Dec 3 - 1:12 AM

Trevor Ariza left Friday's game vs. Denver with an apparent leg injury and went back to the locker room.

He was down on the ground for a while, but he was able to get up and was seen gingerly walking to the locker room without a noticeable limp. He left the game with only a few minutes left, so his night is likely done. If Ariza needs to miss time, Sam Dekker looks like he will be the primary beneficiary. Stay tuned.
Dec 3 - 12:54 AM

Nene (rest) will not play again on Friday night against the Nuggets.

Wow, he's getting back-to-back nights off. This likely has a lot to do with Montrezl Harrell playing very well on Thursday, so maybe it's possible rotation change, too. Nene can be dropped in most leagues while Harrell could have another nice game. Harrell would only be worth a look in deep leagues.
Dec 2 - 9:03 PM


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