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P.J. Tucker (knee) said that he will "definitely be ready" for Game 5 Wednesday vs. Minnesota.

Tucker appeared to tweak his left knee in the second quarter of Game 4 on Monday. He limped to the locker room but returned to the game shortly thereafter. "I'm okay, a little sore, not great," said Tucker after the contest. "I'll definitely be ready for [Game 5], no question." The Rockets can't afford to lose Tucker, especially with Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) also sidelined.
Apr 24 - 9:10 AM

James Harden hit 12-of-26 shots, five 3-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws on his way to 36 points, four rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block in Monday's 119-100 win over the Wolves in Game 4, giving Houston a 3-1 lead in the series.

The Rockets scored 50 points (and hit nine 3-pointers) in the third quarter, which was the second most points in a quarter of a playoff game of all time, as the 1962 Lakers scored 51 points in a quarter. The Wolves only scored 20 in that one, turning a one-point deficit for Minnesota into a 31-point lead for the Rockets, who never looked back. Harden didn't really look like himself in Games 2 and 3, but was back to his old tricks tonight. The Rockets will look to end this series at home on Wednesday.
Apr 23 - 10:52 PM

Chris Paul hit 9-of-17 shots, three 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws for 25 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals in 34 minutes of Monday's 119-100 win in Game 5 to help give the Rockets a 3-1 lead in the series.

This was probably Paul's best game in the playoffs thus far, and the five steals makes that more of a fact than a statement. The Rockets went crazy and scored 50 points in the third quarter and never looked back. Game 5 is in Houston on Wednesday, when the Rockets will look to end the series.
Apr 23 - 10:48 PM

Clint Capela hit 6-of-11 shots and 2-of-4 free throws for 14 points, a career playoff-high 17 rebounds, three assists and four blocks in 32 minutes of Monday's 119-110 win over the Timberwolves.

He was better than Karl-Anthony Towns tonight, although Towns finally played well and had his best game of the series. Capela's price point is nice in DFS and he's been crashing the boards and blocking shots, so he looks like a fine option again on Wednesday for Game 5.
Apr 23 - 10:45 PM

P.J. Tucker (knee) returned to action for Game 4 on Monday.

Tucker was only in the locker room for a couple minutes after an awkward fall, so it was likely very minor. This is a huge relief for a Houston team that is already missing one of its best defenders in Luc Mbah a Moute.
Apr 23 - 8:56 PM

P.J. Tucker (knee) limped back to the locker room during the second quarter of Game 4 on Monday.

He grabbed his left knee after a fall and had an obvious limp on his way back to the locker room. Tucker did return to the bench shortly after, so hopefully it's just a minor contusion.
Apr 23 - 8:44 PM

James Harden scored 29 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Wolves during a Game 3 121-105 loss on Saturday.

The offense wasn't the problem for the Rockets, but Harden didn't get much help from the starting frontcourt with a combined 17 points from Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker and Clint Capela. Harden was defended well in this game and it could get easier for the Wolves if the Houston role players step up. Game 4 is Monday at Target Center.
Apr 21 - 10:04 PM

Chris Paul fouled out in 30 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday, scoring 17 points with three rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer.

It was one of his worst defensive games in a while, and the "Chris Paul is bad in the playoffs" crowd has some fuel to get them to Game 4. CP3 still looked great on offense, but Jeff Teague absolutely got the best of him here.
Apr 21 - 10:03 PM

Ryan Anderson scored 12 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in a loss to the Wolves on Saturday.

He likes shooting at Target Center this year, making 10-of-15 from deep in the two games in Minnesota and he was 4-of-6 from there tonight. Anderson did get some minutes at center in this game, which slightly cut into Clint Capela's playing time. Anderson will likely be looking at around 20 minutes in Game 4.
Apr 21 - 10:02 PM

Ryan Anderson (ankle) is available to play against the Wolves in Game 3 on Saturday.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said Anderson will be out there today. Anderson has been hobbled for almost three weeks now and D'Antoni hasn't been very enthusiastic about letting the Ryno roam the 3-point line. He really can't be counted on in fantasy today while he could take a couple minutes from P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green.
Apr 21 - 6:03 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said that Ryan Anderson (ankle) was probable for Game 3 Saturday night vs. the Wolves.

Anderson initially injured his ankle back on April 3rd. It has cost him the final four games of the regular season and Games 1 and 2 in Houston's first-round matchup vs. Minnesota. Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) is also sidelined, but the Rockets have still comfortably taken care of the Wolves in the first two games of the series. Assuming Anderson is cleared to play on Saturday, P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green will see their minutes scaled back.
Apr 20 - 12:36 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) said he won't rule out a return in Round 1 of the playoffs.

"I wouldn’t say ‘no.’ But I also want to be smart and do the right thing," LMAM said. "It’s feeling better. Continue to do the rehab, get the strength back and see what happens." The Rockets never gave him a timetable, but it sounds like he'll be day-to-day soon. His counting stats may not show it, but LMAM has been terrific this season and his return will give their defense a huge lift.
Apr 19 - 11:30 AM

Chris Paul bounced back on Wednesday with 27 points, eight assists, three steals and three rebounds in just 30 minutes during the Rockets' blowout Game 2 victory.

CP3 was unusually inefficient in Game 1, committing six turnovers while shooting 5-of-14 from the field, but it didn't take him long to make amends. He made 10-of-18 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws, made three 3-pointers, committed just one turnover, and sank a variety of circus shots before resting down the stretch. If there were any doubts about his health after Sunday's dud, he erased them with tonight's performance.
Apr 19 - 12:14 AM

Gerald Green racked up 21 points and 12 rebounds off the bench on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-17 shots with five 3-pointers, one assist, one block and zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

All of Green's attempts in the first half were from downtown, but that's nothing new -- he took a whopping 72.3% of his shots from beyond the arc this season, including 17 triples in Houston's regular-season finale. His deft scoring touch helped Houston overcome a brutal 2-of-18 shooting night from James Harden, and they head to Minnesota with a comfortable 2-0 series lead.
Apr 19 - 12:14 AM

James Harden shot 2-of-18 from the field for 12 points on Wednesday, making 7-of-8 free throws with seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Harden finished 1-of-10 from downtown, yet the Rockets still pulled away for a 102-82 victory thanks to lock-down defense and big games from Chris Paul (27 points) and Gerald Green (21 points). The Wolves threw multiple defenders at Harden all night long and considering they held him to 11.1% percent shooting, it's a strategy we're likely to see again as the series shifts to Minnesota for Game 3 on Saturday.
Apr 19 - 12:13 AM


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