Player News - Rockets

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James Harden handled his business against the Mavs on Saturday during a 118-108 win, scoring 24 points with two rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

It's the first double-double of his playoff career and Harden just killed the Mavs at the line, making 15-of-17 from the charity stripe. The Mavs also having injuries to two wings, Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons, is really going to hurt because of how Harden draws so many fouls. This was far from Harden's best game, so the Rockets have to be pleased they won by double-digits tonight. They host the Mavs again on Tuesday for Game 2.
Apr 19 - 12:39 AM

Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 12:37 AM

Terrence Jones made 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 19 points against the Mavs on Saturday with nine rebounds, six assists and one steal.

The shot total is almost shocking and this was the first time in Jones' career he's had more than 10 shots from the field and from the line. Jones saw a little more playing time than expected because of Dwight Howard getting into foul trouble, but he's still a good bet to play over 30 minutes per game in this series. Jones' season flew a little under the radar due to injuries, so he'll be a difference maker if he can stay on the court.
Apr 19 - 12:35 AM

Trevor Ariza was a wonderful two-way player against the Mavs on Saturday with 12 points, 10 boards, six assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

The points don't tell the story. Ariza was a terror on defense and getting a double-double with six dimes went a long way. On the injury side of things, Ariza did have some cramping in both of his calves and he did receive some treatment. There's been no indication that he'll need to miss time going forward and this hasn't been a habitual problem for him. We're expecting him to be ready for Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 12:33 AM

Corey Brewer turned it on down the stretch against the Mavs on Saturday with 15 points, one assist and three 3-poiners in 24 minutes.

He killed the Mavs in the fourth quarter with all three 3-pointers coming in that frame. Brewer's versatility at both wing spots should help him get playing time in the 20s. Trevor Ariza did have some cramping issues, but there's no need to worry about him.
Apr 19 - 12:31 AM

Jason Terry scored 16 points on 6-of-10 from the field against the Mavs on Saturday with four boards, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

The JET had a little redemption against his former team and you could see it in his eye that this game meant a little more to him. He's going to do almost all his work off the ball and had seven attempts from deep. He'll have a similar role going forward.
Apr 19 - 12:29 AM

Clint Capela played a surprising 16 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday with eight points, six boards, two blocks and one turnover.

He saw playing time in the first quarter and the minutes have nothing to do with garbage time whatsoever. Capela has leapfrogged Joey Dorsey for the backup center minutes. Capela is an awful foul shooter, so the Rockets will be hoping teams don't go with a Hack-A-Capela tune.
Apr 19 - 12:28 AM

Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey.
Apr 18 - 7:49 PM

Dwight Howard's minutes restriction will rise to around 32 minutes per game for Game 1 of the playoffs.

Howard should eventually be without a minutes restriction at some point, but he should get the most floor time he's seen since returning from his knee injury during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Saturday. The more minutes Dwight gets, the further Joey Dorsey will fall out of the rotation.
Apr 16 - 7:00 PM

K.J. McDaniels injured his wrist (likely fractured) during the Rocket's regular-season finale, and he will likely miss the entire post-season.

McDaniels was not at all a part of head coach Kevin McHale's rotations, and it's likely the rookie would have spent much of the post-season watching from the sidelines anyway, so this injury isn't going to affect Houston's playoff outlook. It is, however, an unfortunate injury for the rookie, and it'll be interest to see what kind of salary he can command on the open market when the offseason hits.
Apr 16 - 4:50 PM

James Harden's triple-double helped the Rockets beat the Jazz 117-91 on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

This is just his second game all season with single-digit attempts from the field (3-of-8) and from the line (8-of-8). Looking ahead, the Rockets will now take on the Mavs in the first round. In four games against them this season, Harden averaged 24.8 points, 6.0 boards, 5.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.5 treys on 44.3 percent from the field.
Apr 16 - 12:10 AM

Dwight Howard played just 21 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

Rudy Gobert did block him once, but this was a great game for Dwight tonight. He would have played a lot more, but the Rockets had this game in the bag during the third quarter. He'll get a tough matchup against the Mavs and Tyson Chandler. Dwight only had one game vs. Dallas this year, scoring eight points with seven boards in 18 minutes.
Apr 16 - 12:05 AM

Dwight Howard is expected to play on Wednesday against the Jazz.

This is just a reminder that Dwight will be back after missing Monday. He should get around 28-32 minutes against Rudy Gobert, which should be fun to watch. Howard has played well in his last four, averaging 17.3 points, 11.0 boards and 1.3 blocks. Start him even in a bad matchup unless free throw percentage is really important to you tonight.
Apr 15 - 2:05 PM

James Harden scored 29 points against the Hornets on Monday during a 100-90 win, adding six rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

He's going to need a miracle to earn the scoring title and he's also lost a lot of ground in the MVP race because of how Stephen Curry is burying treys like the world has never seen. Still, Harden has been a monster and he's a big reason why the Rockets will play for the No. 2 seed on Wednesday. They do need a lot of help, though. Harden will be a top-three fantasy pick next season.
Apr 14 - 12:07 AM

Terrence Jones double-doubled on Monday against the Hornets with 10 points, 11 boards, two assists and four blocks in 31 minutes.

He picked up some minutes at center tonight with Dwight Howard getting some rest. Jones' numbers have dipped a bit in his last five, averaging 7.6 points, 4.8 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.2 treys. He'll look to finish strong on Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 12:00 AM


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