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Rockets' Carmelo Anthony: Could be done in Houston
Rockets players and coaches believe that Anthony (illness) has played his last game for the team, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Just moments after it was reported that Anthony wasn't going to make the trip to Denver for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, it appears as though that will be because Anthony's time with the team has come to an end. While nothing official has been announced, it seems reasonable to believe the report given that there have been plenty of rumors circulating recently regarding Anthony's role with the team. Expect Houston to release something more official at some point in the next couple of days.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Carmelo Anthony: Won't play Tuesday
Anthony (illness) is not traveling with the team for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
It's curious that Anthony has already been ruled out for Tuesday's trip to Denver, and it's quite possible that it could be for reasons beyond the illness that has cost him to miss the last two games given that there is some uncertainty regarding his role with the team. Anthony's next opportunity to play will be when the team returns home for Thursday's outing against the Warriors.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Isaiah Hartenstein: Plays 13 minutes in Sunday's win
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.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Ennis: Scoreless in Sunday's win
Ennis totaled zero points (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT), two assists, one rebound, and one steal in 22 minutes during Sunday's 115-103 win over the Pacers.
Ennis couldn't buy a bucket and was thoroughly outplayed by rookie forward Gary Clark, who earned a career-high 33 minutes. While the situation surrounding Carmelo Anthony (illness) and his role with the team (or lack thereof) will likely affect Ennis, the 28-year-old forward is not reliable enough offensively to be trusted outside of deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Gary Clark: Grabs career-high eight boards in Sunday's win
Clark collected six points (2-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes during Sunday's 115-103 win over the Pacers.
Clark finished with career highs in rebounding and minutes. With a dark cloud hanging over Carmelo Anthony (illness) in regards to his role going forward, Clark could be in line for more time and fits a similar mold as P.J. Tucker and James Ennis as a 3-and-D wing with the size and versatility to defend multiple positions. Clark is also more experienced than the average rookie, having played four years at Cincinnati. Nevertheless, expectations should be tempered, as Clark is best reserved for use in deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Chris Paul: Scores 26 points in Sunday's win
Paul provided 26 points (8-13 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 35 minutes during Sunday's 115-103 win over the Pacers.
Paul regained his swagger with an efficient line, this after combining for 39 points on 15-of-47 from the field with 30 assists to 14 turnovers over the last four games. Paul and Harden shot the ball lights out in this one, and will look to build on their strong performances during Tuesday's matchup with a Nuggets team that has surprisingly sported the best Defensive Rating in the league.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Harden: Pours in season-high 40 points in Sunday's win
Harden exploded for 40 points (9-20 FG, 8-18 3Pt, 14-15 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block in 38 minutes during Sunday's 115-103 win over the Pacers.
Harden finished with a season high scoring total while falling one trey shy of matching his career high in made threes. Though he did commit nine turnovers, it was a showing that coach Mike D'Antoni, as well as fantasy owners, should thoroughly appreciate, as he scored all but two of his points from beyond the arc or the charity stripe and came very close to recording a triple-double. Tuesday's road matchup against the league's top defensive team (Nuggets) in the early going will be a good chance for Harden to make a statement, as will Thursday's tilt against the Warriors.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Clint Capela: Suffers bruised knee, status for Tuesday unknown
Capela wasn't available for the end of Sunday's game against Indiana due to a bruised knee suffered earlier in the game, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Capela needed assistance off the court in the first half after banging knees with an opposing player, but he managed to check into the game shortly after. However, the injury continued to bother him later in the contest, which is why he was kept on the bench. Head coach Mike D'Antoni is optimistic that Capela will be ready to go Tuesday in Denver, although he'll likely be a game-time decision.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Brandon Knight: Getting work in pregame
Knight (knee) was on the court for a workout prior to Sunday's game against Indiana, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Although Knight remains without a firm timetable for a return, it's good to see that he's continuing to increase his basketball activities. He was working through layups and shooting 3-pointers during the workout. An update on Knight's status should come when he's close to seeing game action.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Carmelo Anthony: Will not play Sunday
Anthony (illness) will not play in Sunday's game against the Pacers, Alykhan Bijani of the Athletic reports.
Anthony missed his first game Saturday with an illness. He's struggled to find a role with the Rockets this season, struggling on both sides of the floor. He recently sat down with the organization to discuss what his role going forward would be. Anthony's next opportunity to play will be Tuesday against the Nuggets, and he should be considered questionable for that game at this time.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Gerald Green: Out Sunday
Green (ankle) is out Sunday against the Pacers, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Green sprained his right ankle during Saturday's contest and will not be healthy enough to play Sunday. With the absence of Green and teammate Carmelo Anthony (illness) also not able to play, James Ennis and Gary Clark may see more minutes than usual against the Pacers.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Carmelo Anthony: Role with team uncertain
Anthony (illness) recently met with the Rockets to discuss his role on the team moving forward and how the two sides will proceed together for the remainder of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Anthony was sidelined for the first time all season in Saturday's 96-89 loss to the Spurs due to the illness, leaving his status for the second half of the back-to-back Sunday against the Pacers somewhat uncertain. More so than the ailment, Anthony's poor shooting on high volume through the Rockets' first 10 games remains the greater concern for his future outlook. Anthony has hit just 40.5 percent of his 12.1 field-goal attempts per game and is hitting three-point shots at a 32.8 percent clip. Those percentages are roughly in line with those he submitted for Oklahoma City last season, but Houston may have hoped that their offensive system might have yielded greater efficiency from the 34-year-old. Anthony's erratic shooting and poor defense are traits that may prompt coach Mike D'Antoni to exclude the forward from his rotation in future contests, something that could eventually motivate the veteran to seek a buyout.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Chris Paul: Shooting struggles continue Saturday
Paul managed 13 points (4-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block in 40 minutes during Saturday's 96-89 loss to San Antonio.
The Rockets fell to another loss Saturday as Paul continues to struggle with his shot. Paul recently downplayed an ongoing elbow injury and although he played 40 minutes here, his shot still seems affected by the concern. James Harden and Paul handed out a combined seven assists in what was another dismal effort by the team. The Rockets will back up against the Pacers on Sunday as the they look to get their season back on track,... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Harden: Poor shooting in another loss
Harden managed 25 points (7-27 FG, 1-13 3Pt, 10-13 FT), six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 38 minutes during Saturday's 96-89 loss to the Spurs.
Harden shot poorly Saturday, connecting on just 7-of-27 shots including an abysmal 1-of-13 from the three-point line. The Rockets are really struggling and there is some talk Carmelo Anthony (illness) could be a contributing factor, which could result in a move from the front office. Harden is still likely to remain a top-five fantasy option moving forward but the state of the team remains questionable at best with a potential change on the horizon.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Clint Capela: Double-doubles in loss
Capela totaled 12 points (4-9 FG, 4-6 FT), 17 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 32 minutes during Saturday's 96-89 loss to San Antonio.
Capela continues to see extended playing time, finishing with another double-double despite the losing effort. The Rockets continue to struggle as a team but this has not had an impact on Capela's ability to put up some big numbers on a nightly basis. He doesn't possess the upside of some of the more well-rounded big men but should still flirt with top 40 value moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Scores 23 points in Saturday's loss
Gordon finished with 23 points (10-26 FG, 3-14 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 30 minutes during Saturday's 96-89 loss to the Spurs.
Gordon returned after a three-game absence due to a hip injury, contributing 23 points albeit on some inefficient shooting. Gordon had a thunderous dunk, appearing as though the injury is fine. Carmelo Anthony (illness) missed this game and could potentially be out a while longer which would afford Gordon some extra run off the bench. No matter the scenario, Gordon is more of a deep league player due to his limited upside.... See More ... See Less