Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Dwight Howard (knee) did not practice on Sunday and remains questionable for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

Tarik Black, Donatas Motiejunas, and Kostas Papanikolaou will continue to help fill the void in Howard's absence, but all those guys have been pretty hit-or-miss despite the increased opportunity. Howard owners will need to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Monday's tip.

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not practice on Sunday and is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

For what it's worth, Beverley said that he would suit up for Monday's game, but we'd like an official update from the Rockets before we say he's a go. If Beverley is unable to go, Isaiah Canaan would draw the start, and he'd make for a nice low-end plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Check back for an official update on Beverley's status as we draw closer to Monday's tip.
Nov 23 - 3:20 PM

Terrence Jones has regained feeling in his toes after damaging a nerve in his leg on Nov. 4, but he remains without a timetable.

"It was scary, very scary for me not to have any movement in my leg at first," said Jones, who has nine games and counting. "Now I’m able to move it a little bit ... Hopefully I’ll be back soon. It’s getting better. It’s hard to say, but I just know I’m coming in and it’s improving." He's dealing with nerve inflammation, which is an unpredictable injury, and fantasy owners have no choice but to shelve him and hope for the best.
Nov 23 - 9:45 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou had another nice game against the Mavericks on Saturday with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

The minutes jump off the page here and Papathreekolaou attempted six shots from deep. He figures to be a part of the solution at power forward, so fantasy owners can certainly look to grab him to help in deeper leagues. He's the biggest winner from the Dwight Howard (knee) injury.
Nov 23 - 4:40 AM

James Harden hit 8-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 12-of-13 free throws for 32 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals in Saturday's comeback win over the Mavs.

Harden was fouled late, made the shot and hit the free throw for a tough 3-point play to put the Rockets ahead for good on Saturday. He scored just six points on Tuesday, but bounced back for 24 points on Thursday and 32 tonight.
Nov 22 - 11:51 PM

Trevor Ariza hit just 2-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in Saturday's win.

He never got it going tonight and while he hasn't exactly been a beast this season, he's still a solid fantasy option and a must-own player going forward.
Nov 22 - 11:47 PM

Donatas Motiejunas played a whopping 38 minutes (season high) and hit 5-of-7 shots on his way to 14 points, 12 rebounds and a 3-pointer on Saturday.

He also had five turnovers, but who cares? He's been getting some decent run with Dwight Howard out, but this was easily his best game of the season. He had played just 18 minutes in each of his last two games, but got big run tonight, and it paid off. He's still a shaky play in daily or standard leagues, but as long as Howard and Terrence Jones are out, he's at least worth a look from night to night.
Nov 22 - 11:45 PM

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) expects to play vs. the Knicks on Monday.

Beverley tweaked his hamstring while running after a loose rebound in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. He briefly returned but later admitted that it was smarter to "play it safe," to avoid turning a minor tweak into a serious injury. Fantasy owners should anticipate having Bev available while checking for confirmation on Monday. He finished Saturday with a season-high 20 points, a career-high six 3-pointers, five rebounds and two steals. He's been feeling it over his last several games, scoring in double figures in five straight while playing great defense.
Nov 22 - 11:36 PM

Patrick Beverley left during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game with an apparent leg injury, but he was able to return in the final minutes.

Beverley was on fire prior to his exit, scoring 20 points with a career-high six 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes. Isaiah Canaan has proven to be a capable backup PG and he'll take the reins if Beverley can't play vs. the Knicks on Monday, but for now it looks like he will.
Nov 22 - 10:21 PM

Terrence Jones (leg) has no timetable for his return, and he said that when he first suffered the injury he "couldn't even feel his leg."

Jones bruised a nerve in his right leg, though the presence of nerve damage wasn't initially disclosed so fantasy owners were flying in the dark. He's missed nine games and counting and may still be out a few more weeks. He was producing at a top-40 level prior to the fluke injury, so in most cases he's still worth holding onto, but it's a decision that shouldn't be made lightly in any format. Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou continue to absorb his playing time, with Motie filling in as a starter.

Dwight Howard (knee) will not play against the Mavericks on Saturday and has no timetable to return.

He was basically doubtful and he's still not well enough to play. Howard had plasma rich platelet treatment this week, but he still hasn't had a full workload at practice. Tarik Black played well on Wednesday and will get the start again. Kostas Papanikolaou will also benefit. Howard owners can push the panic button, but cutting him is not an option.
Nov 22 - 6:20 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) is not expected to play on Saturday against the Mavericks, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

The credible team reporter said he would be "shocked if he plays." Howard's fantasy owners should have him on their benches and can pencil in Tarik Black into the Houston starting lineup. Although, Kostas Papakinkolaou has been the biggest beneficiary sans Dwight.
Nov 22 - 5:40 PM

Dwight Howard (strained right knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Mavericks.

Dwight had been considered doubtful so this is an encouraging update, but owners will need to check for updates closer to tip-off. He recently had a plasma-rich platelet injection and may need to sit out another game to avoid aggravating the strain, in which case Tarik Black would earn another start with extra minutes filtering down to Kostas Papanikolaou and Donatas Motiejunas.

Dwight Howard (knee) received a plasma rich platelet injection on his right knee.

This has become common and players usually do at as they are getting closer to a return. Howard is still considered as doubtful for Saturday and he did miss practice on Friday. Tarik Black will likely get another start, but the bigger beneficiary has been Kostas Papanikolaou. Howard owners will want to check back tomorrow and he's also not looking like he'll be a fun player to own this season.
Nov 21 - 3:17 PM

Updating a previous report, coach Kevin McHale is saying that the Rockets will probably be without Dwight Howard (knee) for Saturday's game vs. the Mavericks.

That means that Tarik Black will draw another start on Saturday, but he really doesn't do much aside from rebound. Dwight's minutes will likely be split up between Black, Donatas Motiejunas, and Kostas Papanikolaou. Kostas is coming off a 19-point game from Wednesday, and could make for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned for an official update on Dwight's status, but have your Plan B in place as it's looking like he'll be unable to go.


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