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Rockets' Brandon Knight: Upgraded to questionable
Knight (knee) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game against Philadelphia, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Knight has missed four straight contests due to lingering knee soreness, although he appears to be trending in the right direction. A decision on his availability likely won't be made until closer to tipoff.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Gerald Green: Pours in 17 off bench
Green supplied 17 points (6-14 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 1-3 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 28 minutes in the Rockets' 138-134 overtime win against the Lakers on Saturday.
Green's scoring total paced the Rockets bench, a feat that's increasingly becoming the norm. The veteran sharpshooter has has proven particularly valuable from an offensive standpoint during a recent avalanche of injuries that has ensnared the likes of Chris Paul (hamstring), James Ennis and Eric Gordon. Even with the latter two now back in action, Green is still enjoying a robust allotment of minutes and has generated double-digit scoring efforts in seven of nine January games. He's been especially aggressive from distance and has drained 13 of the whopping 37 three-point attempts he's taken over the last three games alone.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Stuffs stat sheet in OT win
Tucker contributed nine points (4-12 FG, 1-7 3Pt), nine rebounds, two assists, five steals and one block across 42 minutes in the Rockets' 138-134 overtime win against the Lakers on Saturday.
Tucker provided his typically stellar work on the defensive end and the boards, supplementing it with some serviceable scoring contributions. The eight-year veteran now has multiple steals in four straight, and he's brought down eight to 10 boards in four of the last six as well. Some spotty shooting and foul trouble were the two blemishes on Tucker's performance Saturday, but the 33-year-old continues to be a serviceable multi-category producer across deeper formats and has also posted a pair of 20-point efforts thus far in January.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Ennis: Solid in return to first unit
Ennis (calf) supplied 17 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block across 27 minutes in the Rockets' 138-134 overtime win against the Lakers on Saturday.
The veteran wing parlayed his return to the starting lineup into his best scoring total since Nov. 28. Ennis was virtually perfect when putting up the ball, and his offensive efforts served as an ideal complement to the more prolific exploits of first-unit mates James Harden and Eric Gordon. With Danuel House, Jr., who'd seemingly wrested the starting small forward job from Ennis recently, back in the G-League for the time being, the former is likely to remain in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Isaiah Hartenstein: Assigned to G League
Hartenstein was assigned to the G League on Sunday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
After reaching an agreement with Kenneth Faried on Friday, Hartenstein was the odd man out and will be available to play for Rio Grande Valley starting Sunday. The Oregon product is currently averaging 8.0 minutes and 2.0 points across 23 games played for the Rockets this season.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Harden: Carves up Lakers in OT win
Harden erupted for 48 points (14-30 FG, 8-19 3Pt, 12-15 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block across 42 minutes Saturday in the Rockets' 138-134 overtime win over the Lakers.
Heading into the contest, the Lakers coach Luke Walton set the modest goal of holding the red-hot Harden to fewer than 50 points. Los Angeles was barely able to achieve the feat, as Harden still cleared the 40-point plateau for the 10th time in 13 games. The MVP contender has also cleared the 30-point threshold in each of the past 19 contests, averaging a remarkable 42.5 points (on 43.5 percent shooting from the field), 8.9 assists, 7.6 rebounds, 5.9 triples and 2.1 steals in 39.3 minutes per game over that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Not impacted by knee issue in win
Gordon (knee) started at small forward and contributed 30 points (7-16 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 11-12 FT), five rebounds and four assists across 32 minutes Saturday in the Rockets' 138-134 overtime win over the Lakers.
After an eight-game absence due to a bruised knee, Gordon returned to action Wednesday against the Nets and was limited by some renewed soreness, but he didn't seem to be restricted at all in his second game back from the injury. Gordon ranked as the clear No. 2 option behind superstar James Harden, finishing second in field-goal, three-point and free-throw attempts among all Rockets players. He should maintain a similarly elevated role on offense for at least Monday's game in Philadelphia, though Gordon's usage could suffer thereafter with point guard Chris Paul (hamstring) closing in on a return to the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Gary Clark: Coming off bench Saturday
Clark will come off the bench Saturday against the Lakers, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
After being in the starting five for one game, coach Mike D'Antoni has changed his tune, and James Ennis will start at power forward. Clark should still see solid run, however. Over his past four games, he's averaging 4.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.0 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Cleared to play
Gordon (knee) has been cleared to play Saturday against the Lakers but may see limited minutes, Craig Ackerman of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
Knee soreness won't prevent Gordon from playing Saturday, though it seems coach Mike D'Antoni may monitor the guard's minutes. Gordon is averaging 15.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists this season across 32.8 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Ennis: Will play, start Saturday
Ennis (calf) will start Saturday's game against the Lakers, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Ennis is back after missing Thursday's game against Brooklyn and will return to the starting lineup. In 30 games this season, he's averaging 6.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 22.5 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Carmelo Anthony: Expected to find new team by Feb. 7
Anthony, who has been away from the Rockets since mutually parting ways with the team in mid-November, reportedly has "multiple options available" for his next destination and is expected to decide on a landing spot by Feb. 7, according to Sam Amick and Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
Anthony's star has faded following an underwhelming stint in Oklahoma City in 2017-18 and an even more disastrous one in Houston over 10 appearances this season before the Rockets' brain trust elected to pull the plug. As an inefficient high-volume shooter who struggles on the defensive end, the 10-time All-Star is probably best suited for a lower-minute role as a second-unit scorer, a reality he may have to accept no matter where he ultimately lands. Though trade discussions surrounding Anthony have been quiet since he was exiled by the Rockets, the 34-year-old has reportedly been working out on his own in preparation for another opportunity elsewhere. While Anthony is playing on a meager one-year, $2.39 million contract, it's unclear if any team is willing to surrender a genuine asset to acquire the forward even at that meager price. As a result, it's possible the Rockets will opt to buy him out at some point in February and clear the way for him to sign with another team.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Kenneth Faried: Will sign with Houston after buyout
Faried will have his contract bought out Saturday by the Nets and plans to sign with Houston upon clearing waivers Monday Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
With Clint Capela (thumb) likely out for another month or so, the Rockets will pick up Faried to add some experience to their frontcourt mix. The 2011 first-round pick was averaging just 5.1 and 3.7 rebounds in 12 contests this season with the Nets, but he should have an opportunity to play extensive minutes in Houston given the lack of quality center options in Houston. Faried has displayed the ability to put up double-double production when given meaningful playing time in the past, so he could warrant a look in deeper formats where available.... See More ... See Less
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