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Rockets' Brandon Knight: Plays four minutes in season debut
Knight tallied just one rebound and one assist in four minutes during Thursday's 126-111 victory over the Lakers.
Knight made his season debut for the Rockets, playing just four minutes. He is going to be brought along very slowly and even once he is back to full speed, he is likely not going to see enough playing time to warrant a roster spot in most formats.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Chris Paul: Muted effort Thursday
Paul totaled 14 points (3-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), nine assists, three steals, and one rebound in 37 minutes during Thursday's 126-111 victory over the Lakers.
Paul took a backseat to the James Harden show Thursday, coming within one assist of a double-double. He did struggle from the field somewhat but made up for it with nine assists and three steals. Paul is rolling along quietly putting up numbers as he tends to do. Harden garners all the spotlight, and rightfully so, leaving Paul as one of the more underrated fantasy point guards. If he can stay healthy, Paul should remain a top 25 player moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Clint Capela: Double-doubles in victory Thursday
Capela had 16 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 FT), 14 rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal in 35 minutes during Thursday's 126-111 victory over the Lakers.
Capela dropped another double-double Thursday, his 19th of the season. After seeing his playing time drop slightly over the past three games, Capela was back up to 35 minutes in this one. Backup center Nene was ejected in the third quarter which meant Capela played out the remainder of the game so this performance was slightly skewed. Capela continues to put up big numbers on a nightly basis and there is no reason to think this type of production won't be sustainable.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' James Harden: Ridiculous performance Thursday
Harden finished with 50 points (14-26 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 18-19 FT), 11 assists, 10 rebounds, and two steals in 36 minutes during Thursday's 126-111 victory over the Lakers.
Harden was a one-man wrecking crew Thursday, putting up his third triple-double of the season in spectacular fashion. What makes this line even more amazing is that fact that none of his numbers were season-high marks. The best we can offer was that his 19 free-throw attempts matched his season-high from three weeks ago. Harden is going to be in the discussion for the number one overall player again this season and of course, there is no reason to sell high.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Brandon Knight: Good to go Thursday
Knight has been cleared to make his Rockets' debut Thursday against the Lakers, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Knight hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly two calendar years, but he's made significant progress in his return from a knee injury in recent weeks, and coach Mike D'Antoni implied that he intends to give Knight some minutes off the bench. "He'll get a few minutes, not many obviously." While the veteran should remain a fantasy afterthought for the time being, the Rockets hope he'll provide a much-needed boost to their struggling bench unit.... See More ... See Less
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