Player News - Rockets

Date: Team: Pos:

Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the nuggets on Wednesday.

He went through warmups and everything appears to be fine. Howard admitted he had some soreness following Saturday, but that's to be expected with how much time he missed. Fantasy owners can use him like they normally would. Expect the Nuggets to be in foul trouble tonight.
Dec 17 - 9:28 PM

Isaiah Canaan (ankle) is expected to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

He should get some playing time with Jason Terry (personal) out tonight. Canaan is still not going to get major minutes while Pat Beverley is around, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Dec 17 - 9:05 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) won't play against Denver on Wednesday.

He is still listed as questionable, but he is not with the team in Denver so it is safe to rule him out. You can safely ignore Papanikolaou in almost all leagues.
Dec 17 - 7:41 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) participated in the morning shootaround, but is still questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver.

His status will likely be determined closer to tip-off, so his owners will have to frequently check back for updates. If he is held out of Wednesday's game, Tarik Black would likely start but still wouldn't be an asset in most leagues. Stay tuned.
Dec 17 - 1:52 PM

Clint Capela has been sent down for another D-League stint.

Capela has logged a total of 12 minutes over four games for the Rockets this season, and he's recorded more misses than any other statistic. He remains a negligible option in all leagues.
Dec 16 - 5:30 PM

Jason Terry will miss Wednesday's game in Denver to be with his wife who just gave birth to their baby.

He'll likely return to the lineup on Thursday for a home game vs. the Pelicans, and his absence will translate to more minutes for Isaiah Canaan. However, both Canaan and Terry's value is extremely limited with Patrick Beverley back in the starting lineup.
Dec 16 - 3:15 PM

Dwight Howard (right knee strain) is now being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver

Howard returned to the lineup on Saturday, logging 30 minutes and putting up 26 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks. However, he said he felt "tight" on Sunday, and it's a bit concerning that the Rockets are listing him as questionable after he missed a month with the injury. If he's forced to sit, Tarik Black would slide back into the starting lineup, although he doesn’t do enough to warrant consideration in most leagues.
Dec 16 - 2:56 PM

Terrence Jones (leg) will not play on Wednesday, and remains without an official timetable to return.

Jones is dealing with an inflamed nerve in his right leg, and is still not practicing with the team. Donatas Motiejunas will continue to see heavy minutes as long as Jones is sidelined, and he's been putting up solid value over the past two weeks with averages of 16.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 block, and 0.5 three-pointers.
Dec 16 - 2:54 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) upgraded to questionable for Wednesday vs. Denver.

With Patrick Beverley and Dwight Howard back in the rotation, it's going to be difficult for Papanikolaou to get enough touches to sustain any value in standard leagues. He can safely be watched from the waiver wire in most leagues.
Dec 16 - 2:38 PM

Isaiah Canaan (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

With Patrick Beverley back and starting, Canaan won't see enough minutes to consistently offer much, if any, fantasy value in standard leagues.
Dec 16 - 2:34 PM

Dwight Howard "was tight" on Sunday after a game on Saturday, but is good to go for Wednesday.

He played 30 minutes after missing a month, so some soreness was to be expected. Luckily, the Rockets have a few days off before they'll play on Wednesday. He can be inserted into most fantasy lineups now.
Dec 15 - 4:43 PM

Isaiah Canaan (ankle) is expected to play on Wednesday.

The Rockets are not really going to need him now that Pat Beverley is back. Canaan was nice as a fill-in for the Rockets, but he's not going to be a great fantasy option while Beverley is out there. He might take some minutes away from Jason Terry, though.
Dec 15 - 3:00 PM

James Harden logged the third triple-double of his career on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He did make just 7-of-20 from the field, which dropped his season shooting to just 41.7 percent. On the other hand, he's made 89.1 percent of his 9.6 free throws per game, which boost his true shooting percentage to 57.8 percent. Harden is the third-best player in fantasy leagues despite his poor shooting and turnovers. He's a monster everywhere else, though.
Dec 14 - 12:11 AM

Dwight Howard played 30 minutes in his return to the lineup against the Nuggets on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

He was 9-of-11 from the field and 8-of-18 from the line, so it was like he never left. Howard picked up his 10,000th rebound of his career tonight and dominated in the paint on both ends. The Rockets are off until Wednesday, so Dwight gets to heal after being off for almost one month.
Dec 14 - 12:05 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 25 points against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

Well, so much for Dwight Howard affecting him negatively. Motiejunas has been hot in his last five, averaging 17.2 points, 6.8 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 triples on 53.7 percent from the field. It should be interesting to see what happens when Terrence Jones makes his return. For now, both players are worth owning in standard leagues.
Dec 14 - 12:02 AM


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