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January 12, 2021 11:48 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Stat contributions remain limited
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is off to a fairly slow start this season, averaging just 6.3 points on 51.5 percent shooting, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 threes, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks across 32.6 minutes per per game.

The all-around production is nice from Tucker, but he is seeing slight decreases in points and rebounds to start the season. The 35-year-old forward isn't being asked to do nearly as much of the heavy lifting for Houston this season thanks to the acquisitions of Christian Wood and DeMarcus Cousins. Tucker has scored in double figures two times through eight games so far.

January 5, 2021 02:48 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Takes one shot in 35 minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker posted zero points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and four rebounds across 35 minutes during Monday's loss to the Mavericks.

Despite the usual heavy workload, Tucker's stat contributions were nearly nonexistent as he was not aggressive on the offensive end and failed to score for the second time this season. The 35-year-old is typically not lighting up the stat sheet, but this a new low. Tucker's averages of 4.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 three across 34.0 minutes per game leave a lot to be desired.

December 29, 2020 12:04 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Drains trio of threes in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker posted nine points (3-4 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three rebounds, four assists and two steals in a loss to the Nuggets on Monday.

Each of Tucker's field-goal attempts Monday came from beyond the arc, and he knocked down three of those tries to register a respectable point total. The veteran also made across-the-board contributions with three rebounds, four dimes and a pair of thefts. Tucker doesn't score enough to be a must-roster player in fantasy circles, but his versatile skillset makes him an important piece of the Houston lineup.

December 16, 2020 04:44 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Muted production in victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker amassed eight points (2-4 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound and one assist in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 112-98 victory over San Antonio.

Tucker started at power forward for the Rockets and was unsurprisingly quiet. With the addition of a couple of notable centers, Tucker's role figures to be reduced this season. Given he was barely a standard league asset last season, there is very little reason to think he will have sustained value moving forward.

December 15, 2020 06:32 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Playing limited minutes Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Stephen Silas said Tucker will start and play a bit less than 20 minutes during Tuesday's preseason game versus San Antonio, Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 Houston reports.

The 35-year-old was a late arrival to camp and didn't travel to Chicago for the first two exhibition games, but he'll make his preseason debut in limited minutes Tuesday. Tucker averaged 6.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.3 minutes while shooting 35.8 percent from deep in 72 games for the Rockets during the 2019-20 campaign.

December 14, 2020 04:52 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Clear of injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker (undisclosed) isn't listed on the injury report for Tuesday's preseason game against the Spurs, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.

The 35-year-old didn't travel with the team to Chicago for the first two preseason games over the weekend, but it appears he'll be on the court for Tuesday's contest. Tucker reported to camp a day late but shouldn't have any issues being ready for the season opener Dec. 23 versus the Thunder.

December 11, 2020 02:36 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: To miss start of preseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker did not travel with the team for this weekend's preseason games in Chicago, Tim MacMahon of reports.

Tucker will miss the team's two preseason games this weekend in Chicago after he reported to camp a day late. The 35-year-old has been a limited participant in practices as the team ramps up his activity. Tucker's next opportunity to make his preseason debut will come Tuesday against the Spurs.

December 6, 2020 02:52 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Absent for team's practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker did not participate in practice on Sunday, Tim MacMahon of reports.

Tucker joins James Harden as two players who didn't take partake in Sunday's practice for Houston. Like Harden, Tucker will have an individual workout Sunday evening. In Tucker's case, it's unclear if his absence was related to COVID-19 protocols.

September 5, 2020 01:20 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Impactful despite scoring only six points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker amassed six points (2-7 FG, 2-7 3Pt), nine rebounds, two steals and one assist in 36 minutes during Friday's 112-97 victory over the Lakers.

Tucker was at his defiant best Friday, causing the Lakers plenty of headaches with his passion and tenacity on the defensive end. While only recording two steals and zero blocks, his impact was unquestionable and certainly went a long way to helping the Rockets get the win.

August 29, 2020 08:32 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Ejected in Game 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker was ejected during Saturday's Game 5 against the Thunder, Erik Horne of The Athletic reports.

Dennis Schroder hit Tucker in the groin while fighting through a screen in the third quarter, and Tucker responded after the play by headbutting Schroder. Both players were ejected. Tucker finishes the game with five points (2-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

August 24, 2020 09:32 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Double-doubles in Game 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker finished with 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-8 3Pt), 11 rebounds and one assist in 38 minutes during Monday's 117-114 Game 4 loss to the Thunder.

Tucker has reached double figures in scoring while draining at least three treys in three of the first four playoff games. He's one of the few players that Houston coach Mike D'Antoni trusts to occupy the power forward and center positions, and Tucker is almost certainly going to play a lot of minutes again in Wednesday's Game 5.

August 21, 2020 11:40 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Scores 14 thanks to four treys
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker turned in 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-4 3Pt), five rebounds and an assist in 30 minutes during Thursday's 111-98 Game 2 win over the Thunder.

Tucker couldn't miss from beyond the arc, sinking treys from his usual spots in the corners as well as from above the break. He has a great deal of responsibility defensively and continues to expend most of his energy on that end; offensively, Tucker's strictly a floor spacer who hoists away when the ball is swung his way. Those considering Tucker for fantasy purposes can be comforted by the fact that he almost always earns 30-plus minutes, but this sort of scoring outburst is fairly rare for the 35-year-old forward.

August 2, 2020 11:48 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Strong offensive night
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker finished with 11 points (4-14 FG, 3-12 3Pt), four boards, three assists, one block and one steal in 38 minutes of a 120-116 win against Milwaukee on Sunday.

Tucker took advantage of the Buck's defensive scheme giving him open looks from deep to take a season-high 12 shots from behind the arc, While it wasn't his most efficient shooting night, he knocked enough down to reach double-digit scoring in the contest on a night where all five Houston starters finished in double figures. He'll face the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

March 12, 2020 08:24 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Strong defensive effort Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker posted three points (1-2 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 36 minutes during Tuesday's 117-111 victory over the Timberwolves.

Tucker was a nonfactor offensively, but he made his mark on the game through impressive rebounding and defense. The performance marked just the second time in Tucker's career that he's gone for at least 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Since the All-Star break, he's averaging 5.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31.7 minutes.

March 1, 2020 09:36 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Nearly double-doubles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker finished with nine points (3-7 FG, 3-6 3Pt), 13 rebounds, three blocks and one assist across 39 minutes during Saturday's 111-110 overtime victory over the Celtics.

Tucker saw more outside shots than his previous average of 4.1 three-point attempts, but the most surprising element of his game came from in the paint. The 34-year-old's stout performance in the paint earned him season highs in both blocks (three) and offensive rebounds (six). Tucker offers varying fantasy value but continues to prove how formidable he is as an undersized center, demonstrated by Houston's seventh win in eight contests since the lineup change.

February 26, 2020 01:20 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Fails to connect from three
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker posted two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 25 minutes during Monday's 123-112 win over the Knicks.

Tucker wasn't able to connect from distance Monday, but he still made an impact with solid rebounding and good defensive stats. In February, he's averaging 6.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 threes, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal in 32.9 minutes.

February 12, 2020 01:52 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Disappointing performance Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker managed just four points (1-4 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 116-105 victory over the Celtics.

Tucker is playing big minutes as the starting center for the Rockets, although the production has not yet followed suit. He is outside the top-150 over the past week and the change of role does not appear to be agreeing with him from a statistical standpoint. He is fine to use as a steals streamer but that's about where his 12-team value ends at this point.

February 10, 2020 01:20 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Nearly the hero
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker finished with nine points (3-5 FG, 3-3 3Pt), four assists, and three rebounds in 36 minutes Sunday in the Rockets' 114-113 loss to the Jazz.

Tucker caught a kick-out pass from Russell Westbrook and nailed a corner three to give the Rockets the lead with 2.6 seconds remaining. However, the next and final possession of the game resulted in Utah's Bojan Bogdanovic burying a dagger over Tucker. It will be interesting to see how Tucker's role changes now that he's the team's starting center, but the early returns haven't been all that encouraging. In the six games the Rockets have played since Clint Capela was out with a heel injury before being traded, Tucker is averaging 6.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 three-pointers, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal in 34.3 minutes.

February 7, 2020 09:08 AM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Steady in revamped role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker provided 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-5 3Pt), six rebounds and a blocked shot across 31 minutes in Thursday's 121-111 win over the Lakers.

With Clint Capela and Nene shipped out of town, the Rockets let the trade deadline pass without acquiring another center, which means coach Mike D'Antoni is set on employing an undersized small-ball setup, featuring Tucker at center. Houston looked like a completely different team Thursday, as swift ball distribution by Russell Westbrook and vital contribution from Robert Covington kept the Lakers on their heels even though they absolutely dominated under the basket. Tucker seemed more like a center in name only, as he spent a good deal of time in open space, and drained three shots from beyond the arc while he was out there. Moving forward, it looks like the Rockets will let Danuel House Jr. share with a bit of the heavy lifting in the frontcourt as a complement to Tucker. It's too soon to tell, but the new scheme is off to an excellent start.

February 4, 2020 11:40 PM
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Complete line in 41 minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker tallied 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-8 3Pt), 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals in 41 minutes during Tuesday's 125-110 win over the Hornets.

Tucker bounced back following a scoreless performance during Sunday's win against the Pelicans to post his sixth double-double through 50 appearances this season. He has had his hands full on the defensive end even more than usual of late with Clint Capela (heel) sidelined, as Tucker has been manning the center spot. If Capela doesn't play in Thursday's matchup versus the Lakers, Tucker will try to hold his own against a supersized front line.

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