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Rockets' Zhou Qi: Out Thursday
Qi (ankle) is out Thursday against the Lakers, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
A timetable for Qi's return has yet to be established. His next chance to play is Saturday against the Grizzlies.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Brandon Knight: Listed as probable
Knight (knee) is listed as probable ahead of Thursday's game against the Lakers, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
The Rockets implied Tuesday that Knight could return next week, but he's apparently further ahead of schedule than expected and could now make his debut Thursday night. Knight has been rehabbing with Houston's G League affiliate, but he hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly two calendar years due to a series of knee injuries. The Rockets figure to bring Knight up to speed slowly, but they're desperate for competent guard play off the bench, so Knight could end up seeing regular minutes going forward, provided his body allows it.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Marquese Chriss: Listed out vs. Lakers
Chriss (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Lakers, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
Chriss is still nursing a sprained ankle, and he'll miss a fifth straight game. His next chance to play will arrive Saturday in Memphis.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Ennis: Out 1-to-2 weeks
Ennis (hamstring) will be sidelined one-to-two weeks, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Ennis missed three games earlier in the year due to a hamstring injury, which he aggravated during Tuesday's win over Portland. With the wing set to miss up to two weeks, P.J. Tucker, Gerald Green and Gary Clark could all see increased roles.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Gerald Green: Notches 13 points from bench
Green garnered 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-3 3Pt), five rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 21 minutes in Tuesday's 111-103 win over the Trail Blazers.
Green had recorded three-straight single-digit scoring totals before Tuesday night, where he ended his slump with a hot night from the field. While his rebound and block totals were season-highs, it's hard to see a line to more opportunity given the Rockets' young forwards competing for time as well.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Clint Capela: Efficient in win Tuesday
Capela scored 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-5 FT) while adding seven rebounds, two assists and two steals across 27 minutes in Tuesday's 111-103 win over the Trail Blazers.
Capela failed to record a double-double in this one, snapping his two-game streak he had going. While the lack of rebounds was more of an outlier than anything, Capela has now had three-straight games of 12 or 13 points, suggesting an offensive slump. He could bust out with a better showing from the charity stripe, as he is just three of seven from the line in that same span.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Harden: Posts 29 points Tuesday
Harden registered 29 points (10-21 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 5-7 FT), four assists, one rebound and one steal across 32 minutes in Tuesday's 111-103 win over the Trail Blazers.
Harden has now scored 29 or more points in four of his last five games, as the offensive production begins to heat up for Harden. His scoring efforts alone carried the team to a win Tuesday night, and usually his assist count is higher as well, making him even more of an asset.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Chris Paul: Triple-double effort Tuesday
Paul recorded 11 points (2-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one block across 34 minutes in Tuesday's 111-103 win over the Trail Blazers.
It was a woeful night for Paul shooting, but it was his best rebounding game of the season en route to his first triple-double on the year. Paul has registered double-digit assists in three of the last six games, so at least his passing has not decayed.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Ennis: Ruled out Thursday
Ennis (hamstring) will miss Thursday's game against the Lakers due to a hamstring strain according to head coach Mike D'Antoni, Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle reports.
Ennis exited Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers due to a hamstring strain and will miss at least one contest as a result. Look for Gerald Green and Gary Clark to potentially see extra minutes against the Lakers. Ennis' next opportunity to take the court will come Saturday in Memphis.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Ennis: Exits with hamstring strain
Ennis will not return to Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers due to a strained right hamstring, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Ennis' status is now up in the air for Thursday's game against the Lakers. More word on his availability should arrive in the coming days. If he's sidelined, Gerald Green and Gary Clark could see extra run.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Ennis: Heads to locker room
Ennis went to the locker room with an apparent leg injury during Tuesday's contest against the Trail Blazers, Craig Ackerman of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
The severity of the injury isn't immediately clear, and Ennis should be considered questionable to return. If he misses time, Gerald Green and Gary Clark could pick up extra minutes.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Brandon Knight: Expected to make debut next week
Knight (knee) is expected to make his Rockets debut within a week, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Knight is yet to play for the Rockets while working back from complications related to his knee surgery, but he's logged time in the G League and is expected to be ready to contribute by early next week. With that in mind, Houston has likely earmarked Monday's home matchup with Utah as Knight's debut, and it would mark his first NBA action since February of 2017. The former lottery pick averaged 17.0 points per game for the Bucks and Suns in 2014-15, but he missed 30 games the following season and 28 more in 2016-17 before sitting out the 2017-18 campaign entirely due to a torn ACL and subsequent complications. Knight will likely brought up to speed gradually, but the Rockets are in desperate need of competent guard play off the bench, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Knight finds himself in a somewhat-significant role within the next few weeks.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Brandon Knight: Expected to debut next week
Knight (knee) is expected to debut next week, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports. The Rockets' first game of that week is Dec. 17 against the Jazz.
Knight has been practicing with the Rockets lately, signaling a debut was coming sooner than later. It's not immediately clear what sort of role Knight will play with Houston, but the underperforming Rockets (11-14) might look for Knight to be a spark. So he'll likely get a fair shot at a role in the rotation. Knight last played during the 2016-17 season, where he averaged 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 21.1 minutes for the Suns.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Ennis: Moving to bench
Ennis will shift to the bench Tuesday against Portland, Rockets play-by-play man Craig Ackerman reports.
Ennis has been the regular starter at small forward, but he'll give way to Eric Gordon on Tuesday as the Rockets search for a way to spark their offense. Ennis is the superior defender of the two, but he's scored 10 or fewer points in eight of his last nine games.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Moving into starting five
Gordon will move into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers, Rockets play-by-play man Craig Ackerman reports.
In an effort to spark what's been a disappointing Rockets offense, coach Mike D'Antoni will insert Gordon alongside Chris Paul and James Harden, giving the team a three-guard attack on the first unit. Gordon, who struggled in Monday's loss to Minnesota (10 points, 4-13 FG), will take over for James Ennis, who will move to the bench.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Brandon Knight: Remains sidelined
Knight (knee) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
Knight still hasn't returned to game action this season, but he's making strides towards a full recovery. He participated in his first full practice last week and could play in the near future. Knight will be considered a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup with the Lakers.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Zhou Qi: Out Tuesday
Qi (ankle) is out Tuesday against the Trail Blazers, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
A return date for Qi has yet to be established, and he remains day-to-day. His next chance to play arrives Thursday against the Lakers.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Isaiah Hartenstein: Returns from G League
Hartenstein was recalled from the G League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
After he fell out of the rotation Dec. 3 against the Timberwolves, Hartenstein was sent to the G League to pick up playing time, missing two of the Rockets' contests along the way. The rookie will likely dress for Tuesday's contest against the Trail Blazers, but with both Clint Capela and Nene Hilario expected to be available, Hartenstein may not see the floor if the game is competitive throughout.... See More ... See Less