Player News - Rockets

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Rockets assign G/F K.J. McDaniels to the D-League.

Like the Rockets, McDaniels' season has failed to launch as anticipated.
Feb 8 - 2:12 PM

James Harden (finger) believes that he should be all right.

"My middle finger bent back," Harden said. "It's swollen a little bit, but it should be all right." Harden didn't play down the stretch in Sunday's game vs. the Blazers, but it was likely due to the lopsided score and he said that it would've have been "pointless" for him to keep playing. Harden should be considered day-to-day, but it would be surprising if he didn't play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.
Feb 7 - 10:21 AM

Patrick Beverley made 2-of-10 from the field for four points during a 96-79 loss to the Blazers on Saturday, adding one rebound, one assist and one block in 28 minutes.

The Rockets were a disaster and didn't get their first bench points until 11:18 left in the fourth. As for Beverley, this game is nothing to worry about and his minutes are safe, especially with the other non-James Harden guards struggling. He should flirt with mid-round value going forward.
Feb 6 - 8:11 PM

Trevor Ariza scored five points with five rebounds, four steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

At least the steals were there in Ariza's worst game since the lineup change. Before this dud, he was putting up first-round value as the starting power forward. Keep him active and it's fair to expect him to be a top-40 player going forward.
Feb 6 - 8:04 PM

Dwight Howard played 41 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with 17 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and four steals.

The minutes are a good sign for Dwight and his minutes cap is obviously gone. Howard even played in garbage time tonight, so that's a ringing endorsement of his current health. He gets a fun matchup against the Warriors on Tuesday.
Feb 6 - 8:02 PM

Montrezl Harrell played 15 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with five points, five rebounds and two turnovers.

He did not come in until the second half with the score at 61-36. Harrell is likely out of the rotation when the Rockets aren't getting smoked, so leave him on the wire.
Feb 6 - 7:57 PM

Clint Capela did not score in 14 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday, adding six rebounds and two blocks.

If you want to look at a positive on this, he did play some minutes next to Dwight Howard tonight. Capela had the ol' 0.0 usage rate tonight and he's clearly trending down in fantasy leagues. Plus, with such little playing time while Terrence Jones (concussion) is out, it makes it obvious he's a cut candidate.
Feb 6 - 7:55 PM

Josh Smith missed all four shots from the field with two rebounds and one turnover in nine minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

The milk has gone bad for Smith, who has really just turned in one good game in his last four. The Rockets are really embracing the small-ball look, so that is bad news for Smith while Dwight Howard is healthy. He's not a great option.
Feb 6 - 7:45 PM

James Harden suffered an apparent minor right hand injury on Saturday, finishing with 33 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block, four 3-pointers and 10 turnovers.

He had ice on his hand for most of the fourth quarter because the Rockets were blown out tonight. Harden did play through his hand issue for a few minutes before going to the bench, so chances are this is minor. He also took the ice pack off his hand for the final two minutes. For now, there shouldn't be much concern, but you never know when it comes to a hand injury. We'll pass along any info if he needs an X-ray.
Feb 6 - 7:36 PM

Terrence Jones (concussion) is out of the hospital on Saturday and is unlikely to return to action until after the All-Star break.

He is still in the concussion protocol and will be checked out by team doctors today. Jones is not going to play on Saturday, which means the Rockets will go small a ton against the Blazers tonight.
Feb 6 - 3:25 PM

Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that Corey Brewer is "disruptive" on the defensive end.

"He's disruptive," Bickerstaff said. "When he's able to get steals, that's when his offense starts. His offense starts on the defensive end of the court. It's a steal for us. It's a defensive rebound for us and then it's a quick outlet. When we're getting stops, that's when [Brewer] is at his best." Brewer scored 24 points against the Suns on Thursday and is still starting at small forward, but he was struggling prior to that game. Unless he does this again, he's better suited for deeper leagues.
Feb 6 - 10:57 AM

Sam Dekker (back) is still on track to begin full-contact practices in mid-February.

"Everything is on schedule so far," Dekker said. "I can't wait." Coach J.B. Biskerstaff also sounded encouraged by the rookie's recent progress. "He's upped his workload," Bickerstaff said. "He hasn't had any setbacks. That's been positive. He's moving in the direction we like to see him going." Dekker likely won't be a big part of the rotation this season, so he's only worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues.
Feb 6 - 10:53 AM

Montrezl Harrell (illness) is available to play vs. the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Terrence Jones is out with a concussion so Harrell could easily emerge as a part of the Rockets' rotation, though he's still an unappealing option in all formats.
Feb 5 - 5:46 PM

Terrence Jones (concussion) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.

He suffered the concussion in the car accident on Wednesday. Jones will have to go through the protocol and could miss games through the break. That means more run for Josh Smith while Trevor Ariza continues to thrive at power forward.
Feb 5 - 5:42 PM

According to Yahoo Sports, the Rockets have been gauging interest in Dwight Howard.

The Celtics were one of the teams involved, but those talks have cooled because they don't want to part with any of their key assets or picks. The Rockets have downplayed the rumors, but if they didn't then that would reduce their leverage in trade talks. Howard is 30 years old with back and knee concerns, so several teams around the league would be hesitant to take a chance on him, especially considering he will be a free agent this summer.
Feb 5 - 10:58 AM


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