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Rockets' P.J. Tucker: In starting lineup
Tucker (illness) will play and start in Tuesday's tilt against the Nuggets, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Although Tucker given a questionable designation ahead of Tuesday's game, he was considered likely to ultimately suit up. He logged a healthy 40 minutes in Sunday's game while dealing with a stomach bug, so he should see his usual workload barring any setbacks.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Gerald Green: 'Could be' back Thursday
Green (ankle), according to coach Mike D'Antoni, "could be" available for Thursday's game against the Warriors, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This is far from an official designation, but it appears Green is questionable for Thursday's contest after missing Sunday's game against the Pacers. More information may emerge Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Expected to play Tuesday
Tucker (illness) is still listed as questionable but will likely take the court of Tuesday's matchup against Denver, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Tucker managed to log 40 minutes in Sunday's contest while battling a stomach bug, so Houston isn't overly concerned about him taking the floor. "Yeah, I take pride in playing games for sure," Tucker stated. "It takes a lot for me to miss a game. I don't like missing games. The Indiana game, I was pretty bad. I think most people wouldn't play at all. For me to play 39 minutes, it's pretty crazy." He isn't expected to be on a minutes restriction and should again see a good chunk of playing time with Carmelo Anthony (not injury related) away from the team, assuming Tucker is indeed cleared to play.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Remains questionable
Tucker (illness) participated in shootaround but is still questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
While Tucker's participation in morning shootaround is definitely a good sign, it looks like it's still too soon for him to be cleared to play. Expect Tucker to be a game-time decision Tuesday night.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Gerald Green: Out Tuesday
Green (ankle) has been ruled out for Tueday's game against the Nuggets, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Green left Saturday's game against the Spurs with a sprained right ankle. The severity of the injury is still unknown, and Green should be considered day-to-day until more information is given. If he misses extended time, James Ennis and Gary Clark would be in line for more run.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Listed as questionable Tuesday
Tucker is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets with an illness, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Tucker is apparently dealing with a stomach virus, leaving his status up in the air for Tuesday's contest. The Rockets will likely wait and see how Tucker is feeling closer to game-time before determining his availability.... See More ... See Less
Rockets' Clint Capela: Not on injury report
Capela (knee) is not on the injury report for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Capela wasn't able to finish Sunday's game against the Pacers due to a bruised knee, but it doesn't look like the issue will force him to miss any additional action. Look for the big man to assume his normal spot in the starting five Tuesday. He's averaging 15.6 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks through 12 games this season.... See More ... See Less
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