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Rockets' Marquese Chriss: Doubtbful Tuesday
Chriss (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game with the Trail Blazers, Alykhan Bijani of the Athletic reports.
Chriss will likely miss a fourth game with an ankle sprain, although an official designation will be given closer to tipoff. In nine games this season Chriss has managed 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.9 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Gerald Green: Plays 13 minutes in Saturday's loss
Green finished with three points (1-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt) and two rebounds in 13 minutes during Saturday's 107-104 loss to the Mavericks.
Green was inefficient as a scorer, finishing in single digits for the third straight contest while contributing minimally in other categories. When Green gets going, he can fill it up in a hurry. However, three of his six double-digit scoring performances came back in October, and Green is merely a dart throw in daily leagues.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Harden: Scores 35 points in Saturday's loss
Harden had 35 points (11-22 FG, 6-16 3Pt, 7-7 FT), eight assists, four rebounds, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes during Saturday's 107-104 loss to the Mavericks.
Harden was efficient offensively despite finishing with nearly as many turnovers (six) as assists. The 29-year-old reigning MVP was already sinking a career-high 4.0 treys per game entering Saturday's matchup, and this was the fourth time this season that he has drained at least six three-pointers. Moreover, Harden is also managing a career high in steals per game.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Chris Paul: Scores 23 points in Saturday's loss
Paul put up 23 points (10-20 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 0-2 FT), eight assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 38 minutes during Saturday's 107-104 loss to the Mavericks.
Paul bounced back following subpar showings in the last two games. He was flirting with career-low averages in scoring and assists entering the contest, so this stat line helps push him away from those thresholds. Paul and company will now have a couple days to rest up for Tuesday's matchup with the Trail Blazers.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Zhou Qi: Out Saturday
Qi (ankle) is out Saturday against the Mavericks, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Qi continues to be out due to a sprained left ankle. His next chance to play is Tuesday against Portland.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Brandon Knight: Won't play Saturday
Knight (knee) is out Saturday against the Mavericks, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Knight went through his first full practice recently, so while he won't make his debut Saturday, it appears he will in the near future. His next opportunity to take the court arrives Tuesday against the Trail Blazers.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Marquese Chriss: Sidelined with sprained ankle
Chriss will not play in Saturday's game against the Mavericks due to a sprained ankle, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Chriss did not enter Friday's game against the Jazz in garbage time, and it appears this is why. Chriss hasn't been part of the Rockets' regular rotation this season, however, so his absence won't have an impact on the team Saturday in Dallas.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Nene Hilario: Solid stat line off bench
Hilario went for 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-3 FT), four rebounds and two assists across 13 minutes in the Rockets' 118-91 loss to the Jazz on Thursday.
The veteran big was one of several second-unit players to see some solid run in the blowout loss. Hilario was able to parlay his minutes into his best scoring, rebounding and assist totals over the first three games of his season, which didn't officially kick off until last Saturday night against the Bulls due to a calf injury. The 36-year-old is likely to continue logging minutes in the teens behind starter Clint Capela for the foreseeable future.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Michael Carter-Williams: Leads second unit in scoring
Carter-Williams registered 13 points (5-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two assists and one steal across 12 minutes in the Rockets' 118-91 loss to the Jazz on Thursday.
Carter-Williams finished as the highest scorer on the second unit, and with the second-highest point total overall on the Rockets for the night. The 27-year-old has mostly been a DNP-CD or has logged single-digit minutes after the first few games of the season, with Thursday's allotment of playing time his highest since Oct. 30. Given how he's typically been deployed, Carter-Williams' production Thursday isn't likely to be replicated any time soon.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Clint Capela: Double-doubles in big defeat
Capela supplied 12 points (5-14 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 26 minutes in the Rockets' 118-91 loss to the Jazz on Thursday.
Capela was one of the few bright spots statistically for the moribund Rockets, who slogged through another underwhelming performance as a whole. The fifth-year veteran has generated a trio of double-doubles over his last four contests, although Thursday saw him shoot under 50.0 percent for the first time in 10 games. Capela continues to reward fantasy owners who invested in him this past summer, as he's averaging career bests in scoring (17.8 points), rebounds (11.7), assists (1.6) and blocks (2.2).... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Chris Paul: Abbreviated minutes in blowout loss
Paul tallied 12 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five assists and one rebound across 25 minutes in the Rockets' 118-91 loss to the Jazz on Thursday.
Like the rest of his first-unit mates, Paul played notably fewer minutes than usual in the blowout defeat. The veteran point guard has been mired in a considerable slump since returning from a three-game absence due to a hamstring injury, as he's scored no more than 14 points in any of the subsequent four contests while shooting 38.5 percent or worse in three of those games. Paul and the Rockets will look to bounce back against the Mavericks on Saturday night.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Harden: Underwhelms in blowout loss
Harden provided 15 points (5-16 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds and two assists across 28 minutes in the Rockets' 118-91 loss to the Jazz on Thursday.
Harden's shooting struggles and underwhelming line were representative of the type of night it was for the Rockets. The Beard's scoring total was his lowest of the campaign and represented a dramatic tumble from the 30- and 29-point efforts he'd opened December with. This clunker now behind him, Harden will look to bounce back to his typical levels of production against the Mavericks on Saturday night.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Danuel House: Will sign, be available Thursday
House will sign a two-way deal with the Rockets in time to be available for Thursday's game against the Jazz, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Things have moved quickly in the signing of House, and he will be available to take the court if need be. In five previous games with the team, he averaged 8.4 points and 2.8 boards across 20.8 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Danuel House: Expected to sign with Houston
House is expected to sign with the Rockets on a two-way contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
House was waived on Tuesday by the Rockets, but it appears the organization was interested in restructuring his deal. House's (eventual) signing comes in the wake of Gary Clark being given a three-year contract by the Rockets on Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Gary Clark: Inks three-year deal with Houston
Clark signed a three-year, $3.7M deal with the Rockets on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The contract is fully guaranteed this season, half guaranteed in '19-20 with incentives to make it full, and guarantee date in '20-21.
Clark was previously on a one-year deal with the team, but has emerged into enough of a contributor for the Rockets to extend a bigger contract. While he's shooting just 29.9 percent from the field and 27.1 from deep, his defensive abilities have allowed him to see 17.0 minutes per night.... See More ... See Less