Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

James Harden acknowledged after Tuesday's 5-of-20 shooting performance that his left (shooting) wrist is giving him problems, but he doesn't anticipate spending any time on the sidelines.

"It's pretty tough, man, I'm not going to lie," said Harden of fighting through the pain with his wrist. "I don't like to feel sorry for myself at all, but just the shot is short and frustrating when you can't really follow through and whatnot. I'm going to continue to go out there and do my best." While Harden has made it clear he has no interest of getting hit with a rest day, it's Mike D'Antoni who will ultimately be able to decide if he plays Thursday vs. Portland. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround.
Source: ESPN
Mar 29 - 9:32 AM

Lou Williams hit 5-of-14 shots and 7-of-8 free throws for 17 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.

Sweet Lou had 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting with seven triples on Sunday and while he wasn't nearly as good tonight, he still came through with some points. Eric Gordon is cold and Ryan Anderson is injured, so Williams is once again a fantasy factor until further notice.
Mar 28 - 11:31 PM

Nene hit just 1-of-6 shots off the bench to finish with six points, three boards and two assists in 18 minutes of Tuesday's 113-106 loss to the Warriors.

Nene played tonight and is expected to play again on Thursday at Portland, but will then be rested on Friday at Golden State. Not that his absence will have any fantasy impacts, other than making Clint Capela look even better in that one.
Mar 28 - 11:27 PM

James Harden had his 20th triple-double of the season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in Tuesday's 113-106 loss to the Warriors, but also hurt his left wrist along the way.

He hit just 5-of-20 shots and 1-of-9 3-pointers, but was a perfect 13-of-13 from the line. As for his left wrist injury, coach Mike D'Antoni said it was bothering Harden during the game and that it might be something to "look at." It was also wrapped in ice after the game, ironically, on the same day Harden's comments about guys not resting so as not to let their teammates down emerged. If Harden sits, it's going to be because he's hurt, but he hasn't missed a game this season and we doubt he's about to start now. Especially with the fact he's embattled in one of the best MVP races we've ever seen with Russell Westbrook. The Rockets visit Portland on Thursday, so owners will want to watch for news about Harden's status for that one.
Mar 28 - 11:20 PM

Clint Capela hit 9-of-10 shots for 21 points, seven rebounds and a block in 30 minutes of Tuesday's 113-106 loss to the Warriors.

Capela has been one of this season's most pleasant surprises and has scored in double figures in five straight, averaging 14.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks along the way while hitting a ridiculous 73 percent of his shots.
Mar 28 - 11:13 PM

Trevor Ariza hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and a season-high six steals in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.

Ariza had 24 points, three steals and six 3-pointers in his previous game and is averaging 14.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.5 3-pointers over his last four games. If he was dumped in your league, it's time to grab him.
Mar 28 - 11:07 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said Nene (rest) will play Tuesday vs. Golden State and Thursday at Portland, but will not play Friday at Golden State.

Montrezl Harrell (personal) will be away from the team for the next two games, but will be back by Friday. With Nene resting that night, he'll serve as Clint Capela's backup.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 6:40 PM

Montrezl Harrell (personal) will miss Tuesday's game against the Warriors as well as Thursday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

His girlfriend is having a baby, so Harrell will be unavailable for the next two. He's been out of the rotation over the past four, though, so his absence won't have any consequence in fantasy hoops.
Mar 28 - 6:31 PM

James Harden (wrist) is practicing on Monday and will play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.

He already said that he would play on Tuesday vs. the Warriors after aggravating his wrist on Sunday night, but it doesn't hurt to get more confirmation. Harden's owners should be in great shape with four games on the schedule this week.
Mar 27 - 1:22 PM

Patrick Beverley said the NBA's trend of resting players is a "disgrace to the association."

"I could care less about coaches asking players to rest or not. It's up to you to play or not, and if you don't, you're disrespecting the game," Beverley said. "And I don't believe in disrespecting the game, because there was a time where I wasn't playing in the NBA and I was trying to get here. So me resting, I feel like, is disrespecting me, disrespecting the name on the front of the jersey and disrespecting the name on the back of the jersey." The Rockets only have nine games remaining and are ahead of the Jazz by 7.0 games, but at least Beverley's owners don't have to worry about DNPs going forward.
Source: ESPN
Mar 27 - 12:00 PM

James Harden said he will play on Tuesday vs. the Warriors despite aggravating his left wrist on Sunday vs. the Thunder.

He left Sunday's game vs. the Thunder in the final minute after a hard a fall and didn't return, but he said that he's "good." Coach Mike D'Antoni hinted that Harden may get a maintenance day at some point, but not if Harden has anything to say about it. "It's something he's probably going to have to put up with the rest of the year," D'Antoni said. "It's a tendon. He jammed it. Hopefully, he's good. If he needs to rest, he'll rest and make sure he gets well, but knowing him, he wants to play." With Harden hoping to lock up the MVP Award, his fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned.
Mar 27 - 9:52 AM

Sam Dekker logged 24 minutes off the bench during Sunday's win over the Thunder, tallying eight points, one 3-pointer, five boards and one assist.

Mike D'Antoni hinted prior to the game that Dekker will have more minutes coming his way over the next few weeks with Ryan Anderson (ankle) on the sidelines, but with the rest of the guys in Houston healthy, it's unlikely Dekker will be able to do enough to make a difference in most leagues.
Mar 26 - 7:13 PM

Nene scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one turnover in 26 minutes off the bench.

Nene has actually been a sneaky top-75 player in standard 9-cat leagues over the past month with averages of 11.3 points, 5.5 boards, 1.0 steal and just 0.6 turnovers per contest on 63.1 percent shooting. That being said, he's really not much more than a low-end guy to own in deep roto-leagues.
Mar 26 - 7:10 PM

Clint Capela produced 11 points, nine rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one turnovers in 22 minutes during Sunday's 137-125 win over the Thunder.

The Rockets obliterated the Thunder in every aspect of the game, putting up 80 points on 71.4 percent shooting through the first half of action, which set season-highs in both those categories. Capela probably would have played more if the game weren't such a blowout, but he still got the job done for his owners.
Mar 26 - 7:07 PM

Lou Williams seemingly couldn't miss during Sunday's win over the Thunder, racking up 31 points, seven triples, three boards, four assists, one steal and three turnovers in 31 minutes off the bench.

Williams was en fuego all game long and didn't even miss his first shot until the fourth quarter rolled around. He ended his evening going 11-of-15 from the field, 7-of-8 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe to give him an elite true shooting percentage of 97.6. Mike D'Antoni hinted prior to the game that Williams will be looking at an expanded role with Ryan Anderson (ankle) set to miss the next two weeks, so it looks like Sweet Lou is back to being a must-own player in all leagues.
Mar 26 - 7:02 PM


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