Player News - Rockets

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Clint Capela scored 25 points in Friday's 120-102 win over the Wolves, hitting 10-of-11 shots and 5-of-6 free throws.

The NBA's leader in field goal percentage had his way with Minnesota's frontcourt, a team that is usually strong against opposing centers -- the Wolves have allowed the second fewest fantasy points to centers so far this season. Capela also added 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal, making this is his fifth straight game with 11+ rebounds and his 10th straight game with at least one block. He's a frontrunner for the Most Improved Player Award and has crushed his ADP in fantasy leagues.
Feb 24 - 12:19 AM

Trevor Ariza (hamstring) returned to action on Friday vs. the Wolves, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three triples.

He didn't have any formal restrictions despite missing three weeks, but didn't see his usual workload with 26 minutes. He's been working out at full speed for over a week and obviously seemed fine tonight, so it won't be long before he's getting his normal allotment of minutes in the 30s. He'll look to build on this performance on Sunday vs. Denver. When his shot is falling, Ariza is usually an early mid-round fantasy asset.
Feb 23 - 11:55 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute scored one point off the bench in 24 minutes vs. the Wolves, adding one rebound.

As expected, the move to the bench isn't going to help his fantasy value and this is just a reminder to dump him to the wire if you haven't already.
Feb 23 - 11:42 PM

Eric Gordon (illness) will not play on Friday vs. the Wolves.

He had a knee contusion before the All-Star break and it's not clear if that is also bothering him. The Rockets are getting Trevor Ariza (hamstring) back tonight, but Gerald Green could keep some of his minutes with Gordon out.
Feb 23 - 7:49 PM

Eric Gordon (illness) is not at the arena yet and could miss Friday's game against the Wolves.

It sounds like he's not going to play, but of course that could change shortly. If he's out, Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute could help out with Trevor Ariza also back in the lineup.
Feb 23 - 6:24 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Wolves.

The Rockets are going to keep P.J. Tucker in the starting five with Trevor Ariza (hamstring) back in the lineup. LMAM wasn't a fantasy asset in 12-team leagues as a starter, so he's safe to drop in most formats.
Feb 23 - 6:24 PM

Trevor Ariza (hamstring) is starting on Friday vs. the Wolves.

The Rockets will go with a starting lineup of Chris Paul, James Harden, Ariza, P.J. Tucker and Clint Capela, so Luc Mbah a Moute will shift to the bench. Ariza has been working out at full speed for over a week, so it will be interesting to see how many minutes he can handle tonight. Gerald Green could remain in the rotation tonight with Eric Gordon (illness) not feeling well.
Feb 23 - 6:22 PM

Trevor Ariza (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday, and he will play on Friday against the Wolves.

He's been working out full speed for at least a week, so he should be ready to roll for Friday night and may not even have restrictions. Ariza suffered his injury on Jan. 28, so he's had three weeks to recover. His return means Luc Mbah a Moute, P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green will lose minutes. Ariza should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 21 - 4:52 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said recently-acquired center Brandan Wright will be "insurance, mostly" for the frontcourt depth.

"He’s to me the type of center we like," D'Antoni said. "He’s long, vertical spacing and athletic, can run. He’s another kind of Clint [Capela]. We have Nene and Tarik [Black] being one type and them being another type. That’s the depth. He’s a good guy. He’s going to be a good locker room game. All that’s positive." Wright probably won't see minutes unless the Rockets are missing at least two of the aforementioned guys.
Feb 16 - 3:52 PM

James Harden scored 28 points with nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Kings during a 100-91 win on Wednesday.

The Rockets will enter the break with a 10-game winning streak and they'll be tied with the Warriors -- the Warriors will break the tie one way or another in Portland. The Rockets didn't have their shot tonight and made just 14-of-49 from deep, but their 22-8 FTA edge was the difference. Harden is the MVP right now.
Feb 14 - 11:24 PM

Chris Paul scored 19 points with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

He did lose some time in the fourth due to a hand injury, but the team doesn't sound concerned. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he could've put CP3 back in the game and Paul himself said he was fine. "Yeah, I'm good," Paul said. While he didn't make the All-Star Team, Paul is playing some of his best ball as the Rockets are knocking on the door for the top seed.
Feb 14 - 11:17 PM

Joe Johnson scored nine points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

He had some rust in his first game as a Rocket, but coach Mike D'Antoni gave him a green light just like all of his other shooters. Johnson showed he can play stretch four in Utah's system, so he should have no problem with the Rockets. Still, he's not likely going to have much value and he'll be dropping in the 20s once Trevor Ariza returns after the break.
Feb 14 - 11:08 PM

Ryan Anderson scored eight points with eight rebounds and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

He continues to shoot the ball much worse at home with his 28th game at Toyota Center resulting in another subpar stat line. Anderson is probably going to have his minutes held in check, especially with Joe Johnson in the mix. He's only a specialist and most owners can probably do better.
Feb 14 - 11:03 PM

Eric Gordon (knee contusion) will not play against the Kings on Wednesday.

This is a newer injury for Gordon after he battled some back problems earlier this month. Gordon has a few knee injuries on his medical chart, so sitting him out before the break makes sense. Joe Johnson will fill in right away while P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green could take more shots.
Feb 14 - 7:09 PM

Mike D'Antoni said that Joe Johnson "could get some time" Wednesday against the Kings.

Johnson should be able to pick up some minutes in Houston while Trevor Ariza (hamstring) is out, but it's unlikely he'll be out there enough to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops. D'Antoni also said he doesn't anticipate Brandan Wright playing, but Tarik Black will be available.
Feb 14 - 6:50 PM


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