Lamb will start Sunday's game against the Hawks, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Essentially half of the Rockets' roster is inactive Sunday, so Lamb will move into the lineup for the first time since May 8. He played 30 minutes off the bench in Friday's win over the Clippers, finishing with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Lamb will start at shooting guard for Friday's game against the Bucks, Adam Wexler of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Lamb's start will mark the first of his career. He is coming off a big game in Wednesday's loss to the 76ers, in which he recorded 22 points (7-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 35 minutes. He will be one of eight Rockets available, so look for him to see a heavy workload again.
Lamb totaled 22 points (7-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 35 minutes in a 135-115 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.
Lamb saw plenty of scoring opportunities and came away with a new career-high point total. The rookie forward should continue to see playing time, as Houston had just seven active players entering Wednesday's contest and lost Kevin Porter (ankle) in the third quarter. Despite the increased role, Lamb isn't someone to target in most fantasy leagues.
Lamb recorded 21 points (8-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt. 1-1 FT), a rebound and an assist across 31 minutes in Saturday's 129-116 loss to the Nuggets.
With only seven healthy players, the Rockets had no choice but to utilize Lamb, and the Vermont product surprised everyone with a career-high 21 points in 31 minutes of court time. He hasn't done much since his promotion from the G-League last month, but Lamb may have found himself in the most favorable position possible for a developing rookie. Houston is well out of the playoff hunt and is in the midst of a youth-based rebuild, which means Lamb could get an opportunity to show his worth as the regular season draws to a close.
Lamb has played a total of eight minutes during two games in April.
Lamb was given a chance in March, playing 18-plus minutes in four straight games. Since that stretch, Lamb has seen action in only four out of the last 16 games. The 22-year-old rookie is shooting an abysmal 20.0 percent from the field on the season.
Lamb (coach's decision) didn't play Monday in the Rockets' 120-110 loss to the Grizzlies.
Lamb received double-digit minutes in each of his first five games with the Rockets after signing a two-way contract earlier this month, but his opportunities have dwindled as the roster has gotten healthier. Houston was still without four players (Christian Wood, Eric Gordon, Dante Exum and David Nwaba) on Monday, but the returns of Avery Bradley (calf) and Danuel House (personal) left no room in the rotation for Lamb.
Lamb agreed to a two-way contract with the Rockets on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The former Vermont standout has been playing in the G League bubble with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he's averaging 18.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks through six contests. The undrafted free agent will join the Rockets out of the All-Star break, adding depth at forward for a team that was dealing with a number of injuries to players like Christian Wood (ankle), David Nwaba (wrist) and Danuel House (knee) entering the break.
Lamb generated 24 points (10-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block over 34 minutes in Friday's 110-94 win over Santa Cruz.
Lamb had a strong finish to the regular season for the Vipers, as he shot 66.7 percent from the field while leading the team in scoring, rebounds and steals during the win. Over the six games since he joined Rio Grande Valley, Lamb has averaged 18.2 points and 8.8 rebounds over 33.8 minutes per contest.
Lamb compiled 26 points (9-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals over 34 minutes in Friday's 120-102 win over the Charge.
Lamb continued to play a significant role with his new team, and he was dominant against his former club Friday. He came within one rebound of a double-double against the Charge and should remain heavily involved for Rio Grande Valley over the final few weeks of the G League season.
Lamb posted 32 points (12-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block over 36 minutes in Thursday's 124-113 win over the BayHawks.
Lamb was traded from the Charge to the Vipers on Thursday, and he made a major impact during his first game with his new team. He served as a starter and led the team in scoring while shooting 63.2 percent from the floor. He averaged just 13.4 minutes per game with Canton earlier in the season, but it appears as though he could take on a much more significant role with his new team going forward.
The Charge dealt Lamb to Rio Grande Valley on Thursday for a first-round pick.
Lamb averaged just 13.4 minutes per game in his time with the Charge but managed 8.1 points and 3.7 boards in his limited action. Perhaps a change of team, though the scenery will remain the same in the confines of the Florida bubble, will help Lamb unlock another level of play.
Lamb recorded two points (1-3 FG) and four rebounds over four minutes in Sunday's 127-111 win over the Stars.
Lamb was selected by Canton with the No. 6 pick in the 2021 G League Draft, but he hasn't had much of a role with the team to begin the season. He was effective with his limited playing time Sunday and brought in four rebounds, but he's averaging just 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds over 9.6 minutes per game over his first six appearances this year.
Lamb was selected by the Canton Charge with the No. 6 pick in Monday's G League Draft.
This will be Lamb's first stint in the G League, as the forward was a two-time American East Conference Player of the Year during his career at Vermont. Lamb is no beginner at creating offense by any means, as the forward was a career 16.4 points-per-game performer in college over his four-year career.
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|05/16||@ ATL||L 95-124||42||7||4||4||3||2||0|
|05/14||vs LAC||W 122-115||30||17||5||3||1||0||0|
|05/12||@ LAL||L 122-124||34||9||9||4||2||1||0|
|05/10||@ POR||L 129-140||11||3||3||1||0||0||0|
|05/08||@ UTA||L 116-124||32||3||5||0||2||0||0|
|05/07||@ MIL||L 133-141||35||14||4||2||2||0||2|
|05/05||vs PHI||L 115-135||36||22||5||2||2||1||0|
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