Player News - Rockets

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Coach Mike D'Antoni said recently-acquired center Brandan Wright will be "insurance, mostly" for the frontcourt depth.

"He’s to me the type of center we like," D'Antoni said. "He’s long, vertical spacing and athletic, can run. He’s another kind of Clint [Capela]. We have Nene and Tarik [Black] being one type and them being another type. That’s the depth. He’s a good guy. He’s going to be a good locker room game. All that’s positive." Wright probably won't see minutes unless the Rockets are missing at least two of the aforementioned guys.
Feb 16 - 3:52 PM

James Harden scored 28 points with nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Kings during a 100-91 win on Wednesday.

The Rockets will enter the break with a 10-game winning streak and they'll be tied with the Warriors -- the Warriors will break the tie one way or another in Portland. The Rockets didn't have their shot tonight and made just 14-of-49 from deep, but their 22-8 FTA edge was the difference. Harden is the MVP right now.
Feb 14 - 11:24 PM

Chris Paul scored 19 points with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

He did lose some time in the fourth due to a hand injury, but the team doesn't sound concerned. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he could've put CP3 back in the game and Paul himself said he was fine. "Yeah, I'm good," Paul said. While he didn't make the All-Star Team, Paul is playing some of his best ball as the Rockets are knocking on the door for the top seed.
Feb 14 - 11:17 PM

Joe Johnson scored nine points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

He had some rust in his first game as a Rocket, but coach Mike D'Antoni gave him a green light just like all of his other shooters. Johnson showed he can play stretch four in Utah's system, so he should have no problem with the Rockets. Still, he's not likely going to have much value and he'll be dropping in the 20s once Trevor Ariza returns after the break.
Feb 14 - 11:08 PM

Ryan Anderson scored eight points with eight rebounds and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

He continues to shoot the ball much worse at home with his 28th game at Toyota Center resulting in another subpar stat line. Anderson is probably going to have his minutes held in check, especially with Joe Johnson in the mix. He's only a specialist and most owners can probably do better.
Feb 14 - 11:03 PM

Eric Gordon (knee contusion) will not play against the Kings on Wednesday.

This is a newer injury for Gordon after he battled some back problems earlier this month. Gordon has a few knee injuries on his medical chart, so sitting him out before the break makes sense. Joe Johnson will fill in right away while P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green could take more shots.
Feb 14 - 7:09 PM

Mike D'Antoni said that Joe Johnson "could get some time" Wednesday against the Kings.

Johnson should be able to pick up some minutes in Houston while Trevor Ariza (hamstring) is out, but it's unlikely he'll be out there enough to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops. D'Antoni also said he doesn't anticipate Brandan Wright playing, but Tarik Black will be available.
Feb 14 - 6:50 PM

Nene (rest) will not play on Wednesday against the Kings.

It's a back-to-back set and the Rockets are fairly healthy besides Trevor Ariza. Tarik Black should get some backup minutes tonight, but he's not a fantasy option.
Feb 14 - 6:25 PM

Rockets waive F Troy Williams.

He's given the Rockets some depth at times over the last two years, but he'll likely be signing elsewhere on a 10-day deal soon.
Feb 14 - 4:22 PM

Joe Johnson will sign on Wednesday and be available against the Kings, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

The Rockets waived Troy Williams to clear the roster spot. Johnson will help fill the current void left by Trevor Ariza, which could take minutes from P.J. Tucker, Ryan Anderson and Luc Mbah a Moute. Most fantasy owners shouldn't be attacking this situation.
Feb 14 - 4:17 PM

Eric Gordon (right knee contusion) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Sacramento.

Gordon had been dealing with back stiffness earlier this month, but it appears he banged his right knee in the Rockets victory over the Wolves on Wednesday. If Gordon is unable to play Wednesday, Gerald Green, Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker will likely see an uptick in playing time.
Feb 14 - 12:15 PM

Chris Paul scored 13 points vs. the Wolves on Tuesday, adding eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and one triple in 34 minutes.

The Rockets won their ninth straight game tonight and were dominant in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Wolves 42-38. They also outscored the Wolves by 48 points from the 3-point line. The Rockets play the Kings on Wednesday on the second night of a back-to-back, and while there's no indication that Houston will rest anyone, it doesn't hurt to double check CP3's status just in case because he has been banged up quite a bit this season.
Feb 13 - 10:52 PM

Ryan Anderson broke out of his slump on Tuesday vs. the Wolves, scoring 21 points off the bench in 26 minutes with four rebounds, one assists and six 3-pointers.

He needed a big game after scoring a combined 13 points in his last three outings. The Rockets are still starting P.J. Tucker as a small-ball four, and while coach Mike D'Antoni originally called it a matchup decision, it's starting to look like Anderson's demotion could be permanent. The Rockets have added two new faces in Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright and Trevor Ariza (hamstring) is due back after the All-Star break, so big nights like these could be few and far between going forward.
Feb 13 - 10:44 PM

Eric Gordon scored 13 points vs. the Wolves on Tuesday, hitting 3-of-10 shots and 4-of-4 free throws.

Nine of his 10 shot attempts were triples and he connected on three of them, adding one assist in 30 minutes. Outside of his 3-point shooting, we've seen a lot of empty stat lines from him lately with a total of zero steals, two assists and three rebounds in his last three outings. He still has the green light from deep in one of the best offenses in the NBA, so his owners should stick with him. Maybe some fresh legs after the All-Star break will get him going.
Feb 13 - 10:36 PM

James Harden led the Rockets to a 126-108 win over the Wolves on Tuesday, dropping 34 points with 12 assists, six rebounds, one block and six triples in 36 minutes.

He's just unstoppable. This was his 19th game of the season with 30+ points, his 20th game with double-digit assists and his 12th game with at least six 3-pointers. He hit 10-of-20 shots and 8-of-9 free throws, giving the Rockets their ninth straight win -- only the Jazz have a longer active winning streak right now (10). Harden will make sure his team gives the Warriors a run for their money for the No. 1 seed out West.
Feb 13 - 10:32 PM

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