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Rockets' Eric Gordon: Will play Saturday
Gordon (knee) is cleared to play Saturday against the Grizzlies, Craig Ackerman of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
Left knee soreness put Gordon's status into question after playing 33 minutes during Thursday's win over the Lakers. He's feeling good enough to take the floor, however, and is in line for a third straight start.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Questionable for Saturday
Gordon is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Grizzlies due to a sore left knee, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Gordon played 33 minutes and scored 13 points in Thursday night's win over the Lakers, but he appears to have banged up his knee in the process. The Rockets have won two straight games since Gordon was placed in the starting lineup, and given that James Ennis is already out for at least one week due to a hamstring injury, losing Gordon for any time would be a huge blow to Houston as the team tries to get on track.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Zhou Qi: Still out Saturday
Qi (ankle) is out Saturday against Memphis, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Qi remains day-to-day and it's unclear when he'll be back. His next chance to play is Monday against the Jazz.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Marquese Chriss: Probable for Saturday
Chriss (ankle) is probable for Saturday's game against the Grizzlies, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Chriss has missed five games due to a sprained left ankle, but there's a strong possibility he returns Saturday. That said, his role on the team has been relatively minimal. In nine appearances, he's averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 boards in 5.9 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Lacking production in big minutes
Tucker played 37 minutes and finished with six points (2-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 37 minutes Thursday in the Rockets' 126-111 loss to the Lakers.
Tucker continues to receive huge minutes game in and game out as the Rockets' starting power forward, but his status as one of the lowest-usage rotation players in the NBA severely hinders his fantasy appeal. He hasn't attempted more than 10 shots in a game since Nov. 23 and only has three double-digit scoring efforts in his last 14 games. The forward is at least a plus source of rebounds, three-pointers and steals, but his lagging contributions in just about every other category restricts his usefulness solely to deeper settings.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Danuel House: Reclaims rotation spot
House tallied 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes off the bench Thursday in the Rockets' 126-111 win over the Lakers.
The Rockets waived House earlier this month, but that was only to facilitate a spot on the roster for Gary Clark, who had his two-way deal converted to a standard contract. Houston brought back House a couple days after waiving him and have immediately reinstalled him in their rotation. With James Ennis missing his first game Thursday with a hamstring injury that is expected to sideline him for the next week, House looks like he could be in line for a regular 20-plus-minute role on the second unit. As his stat line against the Lakers showcases, House could have some short-term appeal for managers in deep leagues looking for a three-point streamer.... See More ... See Less
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: Turns in 50-point triple-double
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