Hartenstein tallied 22 points (7-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 8-12 FT), nine rebounds, eights assists and three blocked shots in the win Wednesday over Agua Caliente. It's impressive Hartenstein was nearly able to pull off a triple-double, but the two-way player has impressed during his limited stints with the Rockets' G League affiliate.
Hartenstein was assigned to the G League on Tuesday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. Hartenstein has been in and out of the rotation thus far, but he's mostly played sparingly, seeing less than 15 minutes in each of his appearances. After picking up a DNP-CD on Monday, he'll head to Rio Grande Valley for an opportunity at big minutes in the G League.
Hartenstein had four points (2-4 FG), one rebound, and one block in 13 minutes during Sunday's 115-103 win over the Pacers. Hartenstein matched his career high minute total. However, he has only earned double-digit minutes four times thus far this season, so the rookie big man can be avoided across all formats.
Hartenstein had 10 points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds and one assist in nine minutes during Friday's 121-103 preseason victory over the Grizzlies. Hartenstein returned to action after recovering from an ankle sprain. He played just nine minutes off the bench but was effective with 10 points and four boards. He is in a battle for backup center minutes with both Nene and Marquese Chriss but here is a real chance he usurps both to find himself with a steady bench role. The upside is certainly there but he is more of a flier in deeper formats at this stage.
Hartenstein (ankle) will play Friday against the Grizzlies, Craig Ackerman of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports. Hartenstein will get one final preseason game to prepare ahead of Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans. He's a candidate to see reserve center minutes and will be competing with Marquese Chriss and Nene for the role.
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