Thornton posted 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and two rebounds over 19 minutes in Saturday's 107-102 loss to the Knicks. After posting five consecutive single-digit scoring efforts since the return of Terrence Jones to the lineup, Thornton flashed some of the efficient production he'd displayed as a starter earlier in November. Thornton posted his best shooting percentage from the field (56 percent) since his most recent start, and drained multiple three-pointers for the tenth time this season. While Saturday's performance was encouraging, the problem for fantasy owners is that Thornton figures to only receive 18-20 minutes on most nights as long as Jones remains healthy.
Thornton has been used off the Rockets' bench over their last two games and has seen 18 minutes of court time in both contests. Thornton enjoyed a multi-game run as a starter earlier in the month while Terrence Jones (eye) remained unavailable, but with Jones now back in action, coach Kevin McHale has since adjusted his lineup. Jones' size and ability to knock down three-point shots makes the Rockets' starting unit more versatile than it otherwise would be with Thornton, an undersized shooting guard who doesn't offer much beyond volume shooting. Thornton likely continue to remain a factor in the rotation as McHale looks to extract scoring from his bench, but he'll struggle to maintain fantasy relevance now that he's seeing less than 20 minutes per game.
Thornton will continue to start Wednesday against the Nets despite Terrence Jones (eye) returning to action, broadcaster Craig Ackerman reports. Thornton has seen at least 29 minutes per game over five outings this season but his run on the court will likely decrease over time as Jones works his way back to a full workload. In fact, Jones will likely move back into the starting five at some point in the near future, which will almost certainly force Thornton to a role off the bench as the Rockets go with a bigger lineup. When that presumably happens, Thornton's production should suffer accordingly.
Thornton posted 21 points (8-16 FG, 5-9 3Pt), two rebounds, and two assists in 31 minutes during the Rockets' 109-89 loss versus the Heat on Sunday. The Rockets elected to go small given that Terrence Jones (face) was forced to sit, and Thornton was the only guy who could get it going on Sunday. This performance may bode well for his role going forward, but when the Rockets' front-court returns to full health, Thornton is highly unlikely to see so many minutes.
Thornton will start Sunday's game against the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. With both Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones sidelined, the Rockets are going with a three guard lineup. Thornton will move into the starting lineup, joining Ty Lawson, James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela. Thornton has yet to play so far this season, so this marks his season debut. As soon as Howard or Jones returns, Thornton will return to a bench role.
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