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Houston Rockets Player Notes
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Dwight Howard, C4/18/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will have his minutes limit raised in the playoffs.
Insight: Howard can play 32 minutes per game in Game 1 of the series agains Dallas, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Joey Dorsey will lose the minutes that Howard gains.
Dwight Howard, C4/15/2015 10:58:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard had 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the season finale blowout victory versus the Jazz.
Insight: Howard was very efficient, shooting 6-for-7 from the field. After resting some games this month, Howard should be ready to go for the playoffs.
James Harden, G4/15/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden recorded a triple-double in the season finale against the Jazz.
Insight: Harden only took eight shots but got his teammates invovled as he had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had two 3-pointers, one steal, one block and was 8-for-8 at the line. He is a top three finalist for fantasy MVP this season.
James Harden, G4/13/2015 9:16:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden scored a team-high 29 points during Monday's victory against the Hornets.
Insight: He shot just 7-of-20 from the field, but did go 14-of-16 from the line. Harden also managed six assists, six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal, two blocks, and two turnovers.
James Harden, G4/12/2015 9:27:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden scored a team-high 30 points during Sunday's win over New Orleans.
Insight: Harden also had seven dimes, one rebound, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block, and four turnovers. He shot 10-of-18 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line.
Dwight Howard, C4/12/2015 12:41:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will play on Sunday versus the Pelicans but not on Monday against the Hornets according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Howard still isn't ready for back-to-back sets, so this isn't a surprise. Plan your lineup accordingly.
Josh Smith, F4/10/2015 10:58:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Josh Smith was fouled almost everytime he touched the ball.
Insight: The Spurs were comfortable putting him on the line, and rightfully so, as Smith went just 12-of-26 from the stripe. He also shot 4-of-9 from the field for a team-high 20 points, and also managed six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and three turnovers.
Dwight Howard, C4/10/2015 10:56:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard recorded a double-double during Friday's loss to the Spurs.
Insight: Howard played 27 minutes and finished with 12 points, 14 boards, two assists, two seals, two blocks, and four turnovers. He shot 3-of-5 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line.
Dwight Howard, C4/8/2015 10:34:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard posted a double-double during Wednesday loss to the Spurs.
Insight: Howard had 16 points and 11 rebounds in just under 22 minutes of action. He also posted one assist, one steal, and one turnover.
Dwight Howard, C4/5/2015 3:50:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard played 23 minutes on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Howard looked healthy and finished with 23 points and eight boards. He also shot 10-of-15 fromt he field and 2-of-7 from the line.
James Harden, G4/5/2015 3:46:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden scored a team-high 41 points during Sunday's victory over the Thunder.
Insight: Harden shot 12-of-22 from the field, 11-of-13 from the line, and 6-of-9 from the line. He also managed six rebounds, six assists, three steals, and three turnovers to complete his impressive outing.
Trevor Ariza, SF4/2/2015 11:15:00 PM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza shot 50 percent from the floor on his way to 19 points versus the Mavericks on Thursday.
Insight: Ariza had another solid fantasy day with 19 points, six assists, six rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals. He was also 4-for-4 at the line. Ariza is averaging 16.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 4.0 rpg in the last five games.
James Harden, G4/2/2015 11:12:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden did not have a good shooting night, but he still led the Rockets with 24 points.
Insight: Harden was just 6-of-15 from the field, including 2-for-8 from downtown, but he made 10 foul shots to help the scoring. He also had six assists, four rebounds and a steal to contribute in other areas. Harden has to be one of the top three candidates for fantasy MVP.
Terrence Jones, F4/2/2015 7:54:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones will play his regular amount of minutes on Thursday versus the Mavericks.
Insight: Jones blocked a career-high seven shots on Wednesday and said he felt good. He needs to be in all lineups.
Dwight Howard, C4/2/2015 1:39:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard did not play on Wednesday against the Kings, but is likely to return on Thursday.
Insight: Howard hasn't been ok'ed to play in back-to-back games and after missing Wednesday should be ready to go on Thursday. The team appears to be limited Howard to about 20 minutes per night, which limits his fantasy value.
Trevor Ariza, SF4/1/2015 10:35:00 PM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza shot 50 percent from the field on his way to 22 points versus the Kings.
Insight: Ariza took 16 shots, 14 of them being 3-pointers. He hit six of them while also having three rebounds, three steals and two assists.
James Harden, G4/1/2015 10:32:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden scored a career-high 51 points in the, 115-111, victory over the Kings on Wednesday.
Insight: This thrills all owners pushing for a championship and just two weeks left in the regular season. Harden was 16-for-25 from the field, 11-of-13 at the line and 8-for-9 from downtown. He also had eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Harden, though, did have seven turnovers as well, but still, what a game.
Dwight Howard, C4/1/2015 7:11:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will not play on Wednesday against the Kings according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: The Rockets are playing the first game of a back-to-back as they face the Mavericks on Thursday, so Howard will play versus the Mavericks. Joey Dorsey will start versus the Kings.
Dwight Howard, C4/1/2015 12:20:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's game versus Sacramento.
Insight: It seems the decision is up to Howard himself, and with Houston also playing on Thursday, owners should expect him to miss at least one of those contests.
Terrence Jones, F4/1/2015 12:14:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones (ribs, lungs) will play Wednesday against the Kings.
Insight: Jones will probably be on a minutes limit, but makes for an intriguing option. He will be a nice option as long as he can stay on the court.
James Harden, G3/30/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden put in a team-high 31 points during Monday's loss to the Raptors.
Insight: He shot just 9-of-22 from the field, but did go 10-of-12 from the line. Harden also recorded five assists, five boards, three 3-pointers, one steal, and three turnovers.
Patrick Beverley, G3/30/2015 1:55:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has a torn ligament in his wrist and will have surgery which will end his season.
Insight: Jason Terry will be the Rockets starting point guard with Pablo Prigioni seeing solid minutes off the bench.
Dwight Howard, C3/30/2015 10:52:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will not play in Monday's game against Toronto.
Insight: He's just back from missing 26 games due to a bad knee, so there is no need to push him until playoff time. He posted a double-double on Sunday, but will likely be on a minutes limit and miss some games for the remainder of the regular season.
Dwight Howard, C3/29/2015 3:24:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is getting a little bit better each game since returning from his injury.
Insight: Howard recorded a double-double on Sunday with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He took just six shots, so he isn't quite in rhythm yet with the Houston offense. As long as he is in the lineup, though, Howard must be in fantasy lineups.
James Harden, G3/29/2015 3:19:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had an off-day shooting and still finished with 24 points on Sunday versus the Wizards.
Insight: Harden shot 7-for-20 from the field, including 1-of-6 from the 3-point line. He did go 9-of-10 at the foul line, though, with six assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block. The block was towards the end of the game when Washington was making a run. Bradley Beal took a 3-pointer to try and make the score a two-possession game, but Harden got up to block the shot. Harden is averaging 28.4 ppg in the last five games.
James Harden, G3/27/2015 10:28:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden knocked six 3-pointers during Friday's victory over the Timberwolves.
Insight: He shot 9-of-19 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line for 33 points, eight assists, four rebounds, five steals, and three turnovers. Another impressive outing.
Dwight Howard, C3/27/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard made his presence felt on Friday.
Insight: After recording just four points and seven boards on Wednesday, Howard produced 18 points, four rebounds, two steals, and one block on Friday night in 20 minutes of action. Houston will continue to ease him back in.
Josh Smith, F3/27/2015 7:02:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Josh Smith will start Friday night against Minnesota.
Insight: Terrence Jones and Donatas Montiejunas are both out, paving way for Smith to enter the starting lineup. He should see an increase in value.
Donatas Motiejunas, F3/27/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas is questionable for Friday's game against Minnesota due to a sore lower back.
Insight: If Motiejunas can't play it would open the door for Josh Smith to play big minutes.
Dwight Howard, C3/27/2015 10:59:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard started on Wednesday against the Pelicans and came through it without incident, so we expect him back on the court Friday night.
Insight: Howard only played 16 minutes and is likely on a minutes limit after missing two months. We expect his numbers from the first game back (four points, seven rebounds) will improve dramatically over the next few games as he knocks off the rust from his game.
James Harden, G3/25/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden posted a double-double during Wednesday's victory over the Pelicans.
Insight: Harden finished with 25 points and 10 assists, along with six rebounds, one steal, one block, and two turnovers. His play has undoubtedly warranted MVP honors, but the race is extremely close.
Patrick Beverley, G3/25/2015 3:49:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has a torn ligamanet in his wrist according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Beverley is still considering not having season-ending surgery as he will be re-evaluated in about a week, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can drop him. Jason Terry will be the Rockets starting point guard for the foreseeable future.
Patrick Beverley, G3/25/2015 2:46:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will meet with a specialist, but he won't make a decision about his wrist for probably another week according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Beverley could need season-ending surgery on his wrist. With just about three weeks left, owners in standard leagues need to look for other options.
Dwight Howard, C3/25/2015 2:44:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will start on Wednesday against the Pelicans. Coach Kevin McHale said he will be on a minutes limit according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Judging by the fact he hasn't played in two months, Howard will probably not play more than 15 minutes. If owners kept Howard on the roster this long, now is the time to start him.
Patrick Beverley, G3/25/2015 1:08:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley is still out on Wednesday due to his wrist injury according to ESPN Dallas.
Insight: It's possibly that Beverley will have season-ending surgery on his wrist. We should know that sometime Wednesday afternoon. Jason Terry will start in place of Beverley.
Patrick Beverley, G3/24/2015 4:33:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (wrist) may miss an extended period of time, according to coach Kevin McHale.
Insight: He is headed to Houston to undergo testing on his wrist. If Beverley is forced to miss extended time, Jason Terry would likely start, with Pablo Prigioni seeing increased minutes as well.
Dwight Howard, C3/24/2015 2:48:00 PM
Description: Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale said he was planning on playing center Dwight Howard (knee) on Wednesday at New Orleans.
Insight: He did preface the statement with "depending on how Howard feels today (Tuesday)", but this is great news for fantasy owners.
Patrick Beverley, G3/23/2015 10:39:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (wrist) may miss an extended period of time, according to coach Kevin McHale.
Insight: He is headed to Houston to undergo testing on his wrist. If Beverley is forced to miss extended time, Jason Terry would likely start, with Pablo Prigioni seeing increased minutes as well.
Josh Smith, F3/23/2015 9:49:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Josh Smith came off the bench and scored the second-most points for the Rockets on Monday.
Insight: With James Harden scoring 44, no one else scored more than 20, but Smith registered 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. He was 4-for-6 from downtown. Smith also had five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
James Harden, G3/23/2015 9:45:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden hit 21 free throws on his way to 44 points on Monday versus the Pacers.
Insight: Harden has done an incredible job of getting to the line all season as he leads the league with 8.6 free-throw makes per game and 9.9 attempts per game. In addition to the 44 points, Harden also had seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Josh Smith, F3/23/2015 6:42:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Josh Smith will play versus the Pacers on Monday according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Smith sprained his ankle on Saturday, but he was fine during the team's shootaround. Smith will come off the bench and play about 30 minutes.
Trevor Ariza, SF3/23/2015 6:37:00 PM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza, along with guard Patrick Beverley, will play on Monday against the Pacers.
Insight: Ariza was questionable with an illness, but he will play. Ariza is a must-start player in all formats.
Patrick Beverley, G3/23/2015 1:48:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley played Saturday versus Phoenix, but is still questionable for Monday night due to a sore elbow.
Insight: Jason Terry and Trevor Ariza are also less than 100 percent. If Beverley can't go, Terry and Pablo Prigioni would play at the point, though James Harden is the de facto point guard and shooting guard.
Josh Smith, F3/23/2015 1:28:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Josh Smith is questionable for Monday's game against Indiana while dealing with an ankle issue.
Insight: Smith did make it through the morning shootaround, so he's likely closer to probable than questionable. He's averaging 11.6 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 42 games with the Rockets.
Dwight Howard, C3/23/2015 1:22:00 PM
Description: Houston center Dwight Howard (knee) has been downgraded to out for Monday's game against Indiana.
Insight: It was always unlikely for him to play Monday, but it is still big news that Howard is getting close enough that we have to do daily notes. He could be back by the end of the week.
Dwight Howard, C3/22/2015 2:19:00 PM
Description: Houston center Dwight Howard (knee) has been upgraded to doubtful for Monday's game against Indiana.
Insight: While he is unlikely to play, it is still big news that Howard is getting closer. He could be back by the end of the week.
James Harden, G3/21/2015 10:58:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had a rough night during Saturday's loss to the Suns.
Insight: He shot just 5-of-19 from the field for 16 points, five dimes, two boards, one 3-pointer, two blocks, and five turnovers. Chalk this one up as just an off-night for arguably the NBA MVP.
Patrick Beverley, G3/21/2015 7:46:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will play Saturday versus Phoenix.
Insight: Jason Terry and Trevor Ariza will also play, and should be line for their normal work.
Trevor Ariza, SF3/21/2015 1:59:00 PM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Ariza missed the morning shootaround due to illness. Ariza has scored well of late with double-digit points in five of the last six outings.
Terrence Jones, F3/20/2015 2:59:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones (pneumothorax) will miss the next three games
Insight: That's a partially collapsed lung, for non-doctors. Jones just can't keep himself on the floor. He's played 25 games this season. Fantasy owners will have to turn to Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith for production in the front court for the Rockets.
Trevor Ariza, SF3/19/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza had three 3-pointers as he finished second on the team in scoring on Thursday versus the Nuggets.
Insight: That's saying a lot considering James Harden went off for 50 points. Ariza had 17 points with six rebounds, four assists and a steal.
James Harden, G3/19/2015 10:35:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had a whopping 50 points against the Nuggets on Thursday.
Insight: Harden finished 12-of-27 from the field and struggled from downtown, going 4-for-12, but he continues to dominate at the line, making 22-of-25 on Thursday. Harden also had 10 rebounds, four assists and a steal. Harden is one of the three finalists for fantasy MVP this season.
Terrence Jones, F3/19/2015 9:01:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones suffered a rib injury during Thursday's game and will not return according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: The injury was so bad, Jones committed a foul to get out of the game. It's too bad because Jones was having a nice night with 10 points and two rebounds in nine minutes before the injury. Fantasy owners will have to turn to Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith for production in the front court for the Rockets.
Terrence Jones, F3/19/2015 8:39:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones has returned to the starting lineup versus the Nuggets on Thursday according to Fox 26 Houston.
Insight: Either way, Jones is probably going to see about 30 minutes of action. Jones is a must start player as long as Dwight Howard is still out.
Patrick Beverley, G3/19/2015 7:06:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will play on Thursday against the Nuggets.
Insight: Beverley will continue to play through the pain in his elbow and has a favorable matchup versus Denver. Fire him up in all leagues.
Dwight Howard, C3/18/2015 6:40:00 PM
Description: Houston center Dwight Howard could return in a week. He is expected to played between 20-25 minutes and will not play in back-to-back sets right away according to NBA.com.
Insight: Howard returned to practice on Monday and could return as early as March 23. He, however, doesn't have much fantasy value for this regular season. The minutes limit is going to hurt, plus he will miss at least three games because of back-to-back sets. Terrence Jose, Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith owners should keep rolling with those guys for now.
James Harden, G3/17/2015 10:31:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in the victory over the Magic.
Insight: Harden didn't shoot very well, going 4-for-14 from the field, but as usual, he capitalized at the line (8-for-11). He also filled the stat sheet in other catgories.
Donatas Motiejunas, FHot3/17/2015 10:27:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas led Houston with 23 points in the, 107-94, victory over the Magic on Tuesday.
Insight: Motiejunas was 8-for-12 from the field, going 2-for-2 at the 3-point line. He also had seven rebounds and four assists.
Patrick Beverley, G3/17/2015 7:09:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley is questionable for Tuesday versus Orlando due to right elbow bursitis, according to Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle. UPDATE: Beverley will play versus the Pistons.
Insight: Beverley has posted decent numbers this season, 10.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.3 apg, considering he is limited by James Harden always running the offense.
Kostas Papanikolaou, F3/17/2015 2:09:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Kostas Papanikoloau has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Papanikoloau has been dealing with an ankle issue. He doesn't play enough to be considered by fantasy owners.
Dwight Howard, C3/16/2015 6:36:00 PM
Description: Houston center Dwight Howard (knee) practiced with the team.
Insight: There is still no timetable for his return, and we would guess it would be closer to the end of the regular season. With fantasy playoffs likely underway, Howard is not a must-own player.
James Harden, G3/15/2015 6:18:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden was a ridiculous 17-of-18 from the line during Sunday's 100-98 victory against the Clippers.
Insight: He finished with 34 points, seven assists, seven rebounds, three 3-pointers, and three turnovers. Despite Russell Westbrook's absurd play of late, Harden is still arguably the favorite to take home the MVP award.
Dwight Howard, C3/15/2015 2:33:00 PM
Description: Houston coach Kevin McHale admitted that he is still unsure when forward Dwight Howard will return to the court according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Insight: Howard has been progressing closer to returning but he is without an official return date. At this point, if owners have been stashing Howard this long, owners might as well keep stashing.
Dwight Howard, C3/12/2015 10:30:00 AM
Description: Houston center Dwight Howard expectes to return to the lineup in two weeks, according to an ESPN report.
Insight: Howard just wennt through some one-on-one drills Wednesday. All Rockets frontcourt players will take a hit when Howard returns to the lineup.
James Harden, G3/8/2015 9:26:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had a typical night on Saturday against Denver.
Insight: He was 8-of-19 from the field, 10-of-11 from the line, and 2-of-4 from deep for 28 points, seven dimes, four rebounds, two steals, and four turnovers. Harden is arguably the favorite for MVP honors.
Kostas Papanikolaou, F3/7/2015 11:27:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Kostas Papanikoloau is questionable for Saturday's game against Denver while dealing with a sprained right ankle.
Insight: Papanikoloau hasn't played since mid-February and hasn't done anything to excite fantasy owners since three consecutive double-digit games in early December.
Terrence Jones, F3/6/2015 10:39:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones had 17 points and eight rebounds versus the Pistons on Friday.
Insight: Jones also shot 50 percent from the field with three blocks and two steals. Jones is playing excellent basketball right now, averaging 20.2 ppg and 8.8 rpg in his last five games.
James Harden, G3/6/2015 10:37:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden recorded his third triple-double of the season versus the Pistons on Friday.
Insight: Harden scored 38 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists. He was 10-of-21 from the field and 16-for-18 at the line. Unfortunately, he also had seven turnovers. If fantasy leagues gave out MVP awards, it is hard to find a better statistical guy than Harden.
Terrence Jones, F3/6/2015 6:49:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones along with guard Patrick Beverley will play on Friday versus the Pistons.
Insight: Jones has been playing very well since the All-Star break, so this is great news. He must be in all lineups Friday.
James Harden, G3/4/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden was alright in his return to the court on Wednesday due to his suspension.
Insight: Harden was 7-of-16 from the field, including 2-for-7 from the 3-point line. Unforunately, Harden didn't get to the free-throw line as much as normal, shooting just two foul shots. Harden did have 13 assists, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal as well.
Terrence Jones, F3/3/2015 11:11:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones continued his strong play since returning from injury.
Insight: Jones missed over 40 games with a leg injury, but was a top-25 option before the injury. He went 8-of-11 for 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three blocks, and one turnover during Tuesday's loss to Hawks, and simply needs to active everywhere.
James Harden, G3/3/2015 2:28:00 PM
Description: Just a reminder that Rockets star guard James Harden will be suspended one game for kicking LeBron James in the groin on Sunday. That game is Tuesday versus Atlanta.
Insight: The suspension was certainly warranted as Harden was guilty of the incident. Corey Brewer will see increased minutes with Harden out.
James Harden, G3/2/2015 7:06:00 PM
Description: Rockets star guard James Harden will be suspended one game for kicking LeBron James in the groin on Sunday.
Insight: The suspension is warranted as Harden is guilty of the incident. Corey Brewer will see increased minutes with Harden out.
James Harden, G3/1/2015 7:52:00 PM
Description: Rockets star guard James Harden went toe-to-toe with Lebron James during Sunday's overtime win against the Cavaliers.
Insight: This was arguably the most entertaining game of the season, and things even got chippy between Harden and James. Harden finished with 33 points, eight boards, five assists, two 3-pointers, three steals, two blocks, five turnovers, and shot 8-of-18 from the line and an impressice 15-of-18 from the line.
Dwight Howard, C2/28/2015 1:10:00 PM
Description: Houston center Dwight Howard doesn't appear to be much closer to returning, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Its been four weeks and he has yet to progress to on-court drills. He'll have more MRI work done next week and we will know more, but at this point fantasy owners should plan on life without the big man.
Terrence Jones, F2/27/2015 10:49:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones scored a team-high 26 points in a win Friday against Brooklyn.
Insight: He also had 12 rebounds and shot 11-of-16 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. Jones is now healthy and needs to be active in all formats.
James Harden, G2/27/2015 2:13:00 PM
Description: Rockets star guard James Harden is still questionable for Friday's game against Brooklyn while dealing with an ankle issue.
Insight: He did make it through the morning shootaround, so there is a solid chance he plays tonight. He's averaging 27.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.9 apg, 1.9 spg and 2.7 threes per contest. Fantasy owners must check back just before tipoff.
James Harden, G2/26/2015 2:15:00 PM
Description: Rockets star guard James Harden is questionable for Friday's game against Brooklyn while dealing with an ankle issue.
Insight: There is no one on this roster and very few in the league that could put up Harden-like numbers. He's averaging 27.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.9 apg, 1.9 spg and 2.7 threes per contest.
James Harden, G2/25/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden recorded a double-double during Wednesday's victory against the Clippers.
Insight: He shot just 4-of-13 from the floor, but also went 10-of-12 from the line for 21 points, 10 assists, four boards, three 3-pointers, and three turnovers. Donatas Motiejunas just missed a double-double himself, with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Terrence Jones, F2/23/2015 10:41:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones had 15 points and 15 rebounds in the victory over the Timberwolves on Monday.
Insight: Jones was a force on the boards, grabbing nine rebounds on the offensive glass. He was 6-of-9 from the field with two blocks and a steal as well.
James Harden, G2/23/2015 10:38:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden recorded his second triple-double of the season as he continued his MVP season.
Insight: Harden finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He didn't shoot well overall, going 7-for-20 from the field, but he hit five 3-pointers and 12-of-15 at the foul line. He also had four blocks for good measure.
Terrence Jones, F2/23/2015 6:58:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones will start on Monday against the Timberwolves.
Insight: Jones scored 11 points with nine rebounds in just 24 minutes on Saturday, so he deserves this start. He also had three blocks and an assist. Jones should be owned in all standard leagues and should be in lineups Monday night.
Patrick Beverley, G2/23/2015 6:54:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will not play on Monday against the Timberwolves due to illness according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Jason Terry will start at point guard, and Pablo Prigioni will be his backup. Beverley is probable for Wednesday.
Patrick Beverley, G2/23/2015 12:14:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley left Monday's shootaround with an illness, leaving him questionable to play on Monday night, according to the team's site.
Insight: Jason Terry and newly-acquired Pablo Prigioni would likely see more time in his absence, but neither holds mucjh fantasy value.
Corey Brewer, F2/21/2015 11:57:00 PM
Description: Houston guard/forward Corey Brewer posted a double-double during Saturday's victory over the Raptors.
Insight: He had 26 points and 10 boards, while shooting 12-of-19 from the field. Brewer also had five steals, two assists, and three turnovers. He is a top-120 option in standard leagues.
James Harden, G2/21/2015 11:56:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden shot just 5-of-12 from the field, but did go 8-of-10 from the line on Saturday night.
Insight: He finished with 20 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals, and five turnovers. Harden is firmly in the MVP discussion.
Terrence Jones, F2/11/2015 2:32:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones is questionable on Wednesday due to an illness and leg injury.
Insight: Jones is still on a minutes restriction having recently returned from nerve inflammation in his leg. Owners should keep him stashed away on the bench as long as Dwight Howard is injured and on the Rockets real life bench.
Trevor Ariza, SF2/11/2015 2:25:00 PM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza is probable for Wednesday's game versus the Clippers.
Insight: Ariza should be in fantasy lineups as long as he plays. He is averaging 15.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.5 spg and 3.0 3-pointers through four games in February.
Patrick Beverley, G2/11/2015 9:30:00 AM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley may have broken out of his slump on Tuesday. Beverley scored 15 points, going 6-of-15 shooting with six rebounds and six assists.
Insight: This game doesn't jump off the charts, but in the 10 games prior to Tuesday, Beverley averaged just 7.5 ppg and 3.1 apg. It was nice to see him have a decent game.
Josh Smith, F2/10/2015 10:53:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Josh Smith scored 20 points off the bench on Tuesday night.
Insight: He did so by going 8-of-15 from the floor, 2-of-3 from the line, and 2-of-4 from downtown. Smith also had six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and one turnover. He is still ranked outside the top 200, and can be left on the waiver wire for the time being.
James Harden, G2/10/2015 10:52:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden did it all during Tuesday;s win against the Suns.
Insight: He went 13-of-23 from the floor and 11-of-14 from the line for 40 points, 12 boards, nine dimes, three 3-pointers, three steals, one block, and five turnovers. Harden continues to be a top-three option in standard leagues.
James Harden, G2/10/2015 10:35:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden returned to Tuesday's game after leaving with a left elbow injury during the third quarter.
Insight: Harden didn't bother going to the locker room as trainers just checked his elbow on the bench. Check back for more updates, but this injury doesn't seem serious.
Terrence Jones, F2/10/2015 7:05:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones will not play on Tuesday due to the flu.
Insight: With Dwight Howard still out too, Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas are going to play a lot of minutes versus the Suns Tuesday. Smith is a very intriguing start in daily leagues.
James Harden, G2/8/2015 9:37:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had a massive fantasy night.
Insight: Harden had 45 points and nearly recorded a triple-double with nine rebounds and eight assists. He was 11-of-25 from the field overall, including 4-for-10 from the 3-point line. Harden was an incredible 19-for-23 from the free-throw line. Can anyone say fantasy MVP?
Dwight Howard, C2/8/2015 6:42:00 PM
Description: Houston center Dwight Howard said his timetable to return will be anywhere from six-to-eight weeks according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: This directly contradicts the timetable Dr. Walt Love gave last week when he said Howard could return in about four weeks. This leaves fantasy owners with a very tough decision as the fantasy playoffs are rapidly approaching. Your guess is as good as ours whether to believe the doctor or the player.
Trevor Ariza, SF2/6/2015 10:36:00 PM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza knocked down six 3-pointers on Friday night.
Insight: He finished with 24 points, six boards, three assists, three steals, and one turnover. He is a top-50 option.
James Harden, G2/6/2015 10:35:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden continued to make his bid for NBA MVP.
Insight: He went 9-of-14 from the field, 12-of-17 from the line, and 3-of-6 from downtown for 33 points, five assists, three rebounds, one steal, and three turnovers. Harden simply does it all.
James Harden, G2/6/2015 1:37:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden is dealing with a sore knee, but is expected to play at his usual high level against Milwaukee Friday night.
Insight: He had 27 points, four assists, three boards, three 3-pointers, one steal, two blocks, and two turnovers in Wednesday's game, so it didn't hurt him numbers at all. Harden may be the MVP of the league.
James Harden, G2/4/2015 10:36:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden filled the stat sheet during Wednesday's win over the Bulls.
Insight: He had 27 points, four assists, three boards, three 3-pointers, one steal, two blocks, and two turnovers. Harden may be the MVP of the league.
James Harden, G2/4/2015 2:34:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden was a full participant in Tuesday's practice and should be ready to go Wednesday.
Insight: He left briefly with a bruised knee on Saturday, but came back and played well. He is a must-start averaging 27.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 6.8 apg, 2.0 spg.
Donatas Motiejunas, FHot2/2/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas should be picked up in all leagues where he is still a free agent.
Insight: Motiejunas has averaged 21.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg over his last three games and Dwight Howard is expected to miss about one month due to his knee injury.
Dwight Howard, C2/2/2015 11:28:00 AM
Description: Latest reports are that Houston center Dwight Howard will miss about a month due to his bad knee.
Insight: An MRI revealed fluid buildup in his right knee, so things aren't looking too good. Donatas Motiejunas has averaged 21.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg over his last three games and should be picked up in all leagues.
James Harden, G2/2/2015 11:24:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden left briefly with a bruised knee on Saturday, but is probable for Wednesday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Unless it has swelled up over the past few days, he should be good to go and is of course a must-start averaging 27.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 6.8 apg, 2.0 spg.
James Harden, G2/2/2015 3:24:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden left briefly with a bruised knee on Saturday, but is probable for Wednesday's game against Chicago. Update: Harden missed Monday's practice.
Insight: Probably just giving him extra rest. Unless it has swelled up over the past few days, Harden should be good to go and is of course a must-start averaging 27.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 6.8 apg, 2.0 spg.
James Harden, G1/31/2015 9:56:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden left briefly with a bruised knee, but returned during Saturday's loss against the Pistons.
Insight: He went 10-of-17 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for 26 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals, one block, and four turnovers. Owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
Donatas Motiejunas, F1/30/2015 10:07:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas led the team with 26 points in the victory over the Celtics.
Insight: Motiejunas is getting a great opportunity with Dwight Howard out for the foreseeable future. With James Harden struggling Friday, Motiejunas took over, going 11-of-16 from the field, with 12 rebounds. Motiejunas is one of a couple Rockets' players that could really benefit without Howard in the lineup.
James Harden, GCold1/30/2015 10:03:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had an off night for his standards.
Insight: That's back-to-back games where Harden failed to score 20 points. He was just 4-of-21 with 14 points versus the Celtics on Friday. He did also have seven assists and six rebounds, so it wasn't a disaster, but owners are hoping Harden's shooting improves quickly.
Dwight Howard, C1/30/2015 6:49:00 PM
Description: MassLive.com reports that Kevin McHale said "We won't have Dwight (Howard) for a while."
Insight: An MRI revealed fluid buildup in his right knee, so things aren't looking too good. He is seeking a second opinion, but fantasy owners should plan for him to be out for quite some time.
Dwight Howard, C1/29/2015 7:57:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will receive a second opinion on his right knee injury according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Howard will miss at least two games and could miss much more time. He missed two weeks with a knee injury at the end of last season, and at this point this injury is considered more serious. Fantasy owners should probably assume Howard will be out at least through the All-Star break. However long he is out, Terrence Jones will continue to see plenty of opportunities.
Terrence Jones, F1/29/2015 9:53:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones (leg) made his first appearance on the floor since Nov. 3.
Insight: Jones played 21 minutes, scored 10 points, hauled down five rebounds and blocked two shots. With Dwight Howard sidelined for a few games, Donatas Motiejunas will play a lot in the middle leaving most of the PF minutes to Josh Smith and Jones.
Dwight Howard, C1/29/2015 9:45:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will miss the next two games ... at least.
Insight: Howard (16.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 bpg) is dealing with a build up of fluid on his right knee to ho along with a right ankle injury. Just back Terrence Jones could see a lot of playing time with Donatas Motiejunas moving to the middle.
James Harden, GHot1/28/2015 10:38:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had a quiet night for his standards.
Insight: Harden scored 17 points, shooting 7-for-14 from the field. He hit just one 3-pointer and only had three free-throw attempts. Harden did also have eight assists, five rebounds and four steals, so by no means it was a complete dud, fantasy owners just come to expect big nights from the league MVP favorite.
Josh Smith, F1/28/2015 10:34:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Josh Smith came off the bench and led Houston in scoring on Wednesday.
Insight: Smith had 18 points, shooting 7-of-13 from the field. He was 4-for-5 from the 3-point line. Smith can be lethal from deep, but he will probably not get enough opportunities to be fantasy relevant.
Dwight Howard, C1/28/2015 6:51:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is doubtful versus the Mavericks on Wednesday.
Insight: Coach Kevin McHale told ESPN Dallas that he would be "shocked" if Howard plays. With Howard out, Terrence Jones has a chance for more minutes in his first game back from his injury.
Trevor Ariza, SF1/26/2015 5:20:00 AM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza had a horrible shooting night (3-of-14), but tried to help fantasy oenrs and the Rockets in other ways.
Insight: Ariza grabbed seven rebounds, dished five assists and added three steals to his ugly nine-point scoring total.
James Harden, GHot1/26/2015 5:15:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden did have Dwight Howard to share the offense so did pretty much everything himself, scoring 37 points with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Insight: Harden is averaging 37.0 points over Houston's past four games and leads the NBA in scoring at 27.3 ppg. He may be the leading MVP candidate both in real life and fantasy.
Dwight Howard, C1/25/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard did not play versus the Lakers Sunday.
Insight: There appears to be a chance Howard will miss more time. Howard is considered day-to-day. Meanwhile, the Rockets are doing just fine without him against the Lakers.
Dwight Howard, C1/25/2015 2:32:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard (sprained right ankle) was not at the morning shootaround and is, at best, a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the LA Lakers, according to beat writer Mark Medina.
Insight: Consider Howard day-to-day, but they should be able to beat the Lakers without Howard which would give him until Wednesday to recover. Joey Dorsey played 20 minutes against the Suns on Friday, but didn't show he's ready to help fantasy owners. Donatas Motiejunas is a better option.
Joey Dorsey, F1/25/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Rockets backup center Joey Dorsey could get a start Sunday against the LA Lakers.
Insight: That doesn't mean he's got fantasy value. He managed four points and six rebounds in 20 minutes Friday night.
Dwight Howard, C1/25/2015 10:15:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard left Friday's game with a sprained right ankle and is questionable for Sunday's game against the LA Lakers.
Insight: Consider Howard day-to-day, but they should be able to beat the Lakers without Howard which would give him until Wednesday to recover. Joey Dorsey played 20 minutes against the Suns on Friday, but didn't show he's ready to help fantasy owners. Donatas Motiejunas is a better option.
James Harden, G1/24/2015 9:27:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden hit a buzzer-beater to defeat he Suns on Friday night.
Insight: It was a step-back jumper as time expired. Harden finshed with 33 points, 10 dimes, six rebounds, three 3-pointers, three steals, one block, and three turnovers. He may be the leading MVP candidate.
Dwight Howard, C1/23/2015 9:57:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard left Friday's game with a sprained right ankle and will not return.
Insight: The Rockets are likely playing this one safe, as the injury did not look too bad. Consider Howard day-to-day.
James Harden, G1/22/2015 9:53:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden scored 33 points on Wednesday.
Insight: Harden hit three 3-pointers and was 14-of-16 from the free-throw line. He also had six assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block. It appears some other player is going to have to step up to help Harden if the Rockets are going to be able to beat teams like the Warriors, but fantasy owners love that Harden is the go-to guy in Houston.
Dwight Howard, C1/21/2015 9:58:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard told the Houston Chronicle that he is still having issues with his right knee.
Insight: Howard has been dealing with a strained right knee for most of the season. Despite the injury, Howard has played well lately and recorded his 19th double-double on Monday. He is expected to continue to play through the pain.
Dwight Howard, C1/19/2015 8:19:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard recorded a double-double during Monday's victory over the Pacers.
Insight: Howard he 14 points and 17 rebounds. With the offense clearly going through James Harden this season, Howard doesn't get many opportunities on offense. He took just six shots in this game, but he is still a double-double candidate every night.
James Harden, G1/19/2015 8:15:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden dropped 45 points with seven assists and four steals in the victory over the Pistons.
Insight: Harden was 12-of-18 from the field, which includes an incredible 7-of-12 from the 3-point line. Harden also continues to be a lethal free-throw shooter as he hit 14-of-15 opportunities on Monday. Throw in seven assists, four steals, one rebound and a block, it's hard to argue there is a better fantasy option.
Dwight Howard, C1/17/2015 10:53:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard recorded a double-double during Saturday's loss to the Warriors.
Insight: He had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and shot 9-of-15 from the field and 5-of-7 from the field. Howard needs to improve, as he is barely a top 200 player.
Trevor Ariza, SF1/15/2015 10:49:00 PM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza had 17 points in the, 112-101, victory against the Thunder.
Insight: Ariza made three 3-pointers and had four assists, four steals and two rebounds. He continues to be an intriguing fantasy player with the ability to make 3-pointers and guards like James Harden and Patrick Beverley being able to drive and dish.
James Harden, G1/15/2015 10:45:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden was a rebound away from a triple-double against the Thunder on Thursday.
Insight: Harden finished with 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, but that wasn't his most impressive stat. That was the 6-for-8 shooting from the 3-point line. We will forgive Harden for ONLY going 7-of-9 at the free-throw line.
Patrick Beverley, G1/15/2015 6:48:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will play on Thursday against the Thunder.
Insight: Beverley has been playing very well lately with 13.0 ppg, 3.8 apg and 2.8 3-pointers over the past four games. He will, however, have to guard Russell Westbrook, so his offensive ceiling might be limited on Thursday.
James Harden, G1/14/2015 9:34:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden recorded a double-double versus the Magic.
Insight: Harden had 26 points, shooting 10-of-16 from the field, and 10 assists. He also had five steals, four rebounds and a block. For leagues that take turnovers into account, however, Harden turned it over seven times in the loss.
James Harden, G1/12/2015 10:02:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden scored a team-high 30 points in Monday's victory against the Nets.
Insight: He was very efficient, going 9-of-13 from the field, 8-of-8 from the line, and 4-of-7 from deep. Harden also chipped in six assists, three rebounds, two steals, and two turnovers.
Donatas Motiejunas, F1/10/2015 10:35:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas had a double-double on Saturday against the Jazz.
Insight: Motiejunas had 14 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 6-of-6 from the field and made a 3-pointer. Motiejunas took advantage of an off night from Dwight Howard, so fantasy owners shouldn't count on this happening very often.
James Harden, G1/10/2015 10:32:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden scored a team-high 30 points in Saturday's victory against the Jazz.
Insight: Harden was 4-for-8 from the 3-point line and 10-of-11 at the free-throw line. He also had five assists, three rebounds, a steal and a block. Harden, did, however, have six turnovers. Harden is still a top-five option and is becoming the front-runner for league MVP.
James Harden, G1/8/2015 10:51:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden scored a team-high 25 points during Thursday's victory against the Knicks.
Insight: He also had nine assists, four boards, three 3-pointers, three steals, and three turnovers. Harden is a top-five option.
Dwight Howard, C1/7/2015 9:39:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard cleaned the glass during Wednesday's victory versus Cleveland.
Insight: He had 19 boards to go along with his 17 points, two assists, one block, and four turnovers. Howard went 6-of-13 from the field and 5-of-11 from the charity stripe.
James Harden, G1/7/2015 9:37:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden nearly posted a triple-double during Wednesday win over the Cavaliers.
Insight: He did not shoot well from the field, going 6-of-18, but did hit all seven of his free throws. Harden finished with 21 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal, and an ugly seven turnovers.
James Harden, G1/5/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden did not shoot well but still managed to score 20 points on Monday.
Insight: Harden shot 7-of-22, including 3-for-8 from the 3-point line on his way to 20 points. He didn't have many other numbers with three assists, two rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Harden is still having an MVP-type season and is a top-three option in fantasy basketball.
Dwight Howard, C1/3/2015 10:30:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard recorded a double-double on Saturday night.
Insight: He had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and shot 9-of-13 from the field, as well as 5-of-9 from the line. Howard has been a bit a disappointment from a fantasy perspective this season, as he is barely a top-200 option.
James Harden, G1/3/2015 10:28:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden filled the stat sheet during Saturday's victory against the Heat.
Insight: Harden was 9-of-17 from the field, 7-of-7 from the stripe, and 3-of-6 from deep. Harden also chipped in five boards, two assists, one steal, and three turnovers. He continues to be a top-five option.
James Harden, G1/2/2015 10:25:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden did not shoot well on Friday.
Insight: The Rockets could not get much offense going as the Pelicans held them to 83 points. Dwight Howard ad Corey Brewer were the Rockets' leading scorers with 12 points. Harden was 5-for-13 and finished with 11 points.
James Harden, G1/1/2015 1:03:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden continued his impressive season.
Insight: He went 12-of-19 fromt he field, 4-of-4 from the line, and 8-of-11 from deep for 36 points during Wednesday's victory. Harden also had seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, and one turnover.
James Harden, G12/30/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden was at it again on Monday night.
Insight: He finished with a team-high 33 points by going 12-of-23 from the field, 6-of-7 from the line. Harden also had six rebounds, four assists, one steal, three 3-pointers, and two turnovers. He is a top-three option.
Dwight Howard, CCold12/27/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard was disappointing in an overtime victory against Memphis.
Insight: Playing 29 minutes, Howard was just 1-of-4 from the field. He's still getting his double-digit rebounds, but he hasn't cracked the 20-point mark in four games.
James Harden, GHot12/27/2014 9:06:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had another massive fantasy night on Friday, scoring 32 points and adding eight rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks.
Insight: Harden is the best shooting guard in the game at this point in time and now has another wing man in Josh Smith to use. He's averaging a career-high 27.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 7.1 apg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 bpg and is in the running for fantasy MVP.
Josh Smith, F12/27/2014 8:59:00 AM
Description: Forward Josh Smith, in his first game since signing with the Houston Rockets, came off the bench to score 21 points with eight rebounds and three assists.
Insight: Smith was averaging 13.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg in Detroit. He didn't shoot well with the Pistons and he was nine for a team-high 21 shots on Friday, so the trend continues.
Josh Smith, F12/25/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Forward Josh Smith, recently waived by the Detroit Pistons, is expected to sign with the Houston Rockets.
Insight: Smith was averaging 13.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg in Detroit but his presence was stunting Greg Monroe's growth. Smith should step into the power forward slot open by the injury to Terrence Jones.
Terrence Jones, F12/25/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones (leg) still has no timetable for his return, but he did do some work with the team Wednesday.
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is that the Rockets are about to sign free agent Josh Smith and make Jones a fantasy non-factor. He can safely be dropped from all fantasy rosters.
Dwight Howard, C12/22/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard recorded a double-double on Monday.
Insight: Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He was 7-of-11 from the field with four assists and a steal. Howard should be in the lineup if healthy.
James Harden, G12/22/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had another massive fantasy night.
Insight: Harden shot 14-of-26, including 4-for-9 from the 3-point line on his way to 44 points. He also shot 12-of-13 from the free-throw line. Harden contributed seven assists, five steals and three rebounds as well.
James Harden, G12/22/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden along with Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza will all play versus Trail Blazers on Monday.
Insight: All those players can be in fantasy lineups like they normally would for what is a big game versus Portland.
James Harden, G12/20/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden shot poorly on Saturday, but had a productive fantasy night against Atlanta.
Insight: He was 5-of-16 from the field, 6-of-6 from the line, and 2-of-7 from beyond the arc for 18 points. Harden also had 14 assists, six rebounds, one steal, one block, and three turnovers.
Dwight Howard, C12/20/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard posted a double-double in Saturday's loss to the Hawks.
Insight: He had 19 points and 11 rebounds, both team-highs. Howard also had five assists, two steals, one block, and four turnovers. Owners should just hope he can stay healthy.
Dwight Howard, C12/20/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is probable for Saturday's game.
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is Howard has an ailing shoulder. The injury apparently won't keep Howard out in the short term, but owners should keep an eye on the situation.
Corey Brewer, F12/19/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Corey Brewer has been traded to the Houston Rockets for Troy Daniels, Ronny Turiaf, two second-rounders, and cash, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: The deal is not official quite yet, but once it is, Brewer will lose his fantasy value. Shabazz Muhammad should see a bump in production, and could be worth a look.
James Harden, G12/18/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden was a little bit off on Thursday.
Insight: Harden still led the Rockets with 21 points, but he shot just 8-of-23 from the field, including 2-for-7 from the 3-point line. He also only went to the line five times. Harden chipped in seven rebounds, five assists as well. A solid fantasy night for pretty much anyone except Harden, who is putting up absurd numbers this season.
Donatas Motiejunas, FHot12/14/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 25 points against the Nuggets on Saturday.
Insight: This is a big deal considering Dwight Howard was back in the lineup and played 30 minutes. While Howard led the team in scoring with 26 points, Motiejunas had 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting with five rebounds. Motiejunas may remain fantasy relevant even with Howard back, but we will have to see what happens once Terrence Jones comes back.
Dwight Howard, C12/14/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard played longer than expected in his return Saturday and led the team with 26 points.
Insight: The Rockets were supposed to ease Howard back into the lineup with 20-24 minutes on Saturday. Instead, he played 30 minutes and made 9-of-11 shots. Howard continues to struggle at the line, but that is to be expected. He also had 13 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal. Great first night back for Howard.
James Harden, G12/13/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden recorded his third triple-double of his career on Saturday.
Insight: Harden had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He actually grabbed the last rebound with about a second left in the game and smile as he reeled it in, knowing that gave him the triple-double. Fantasy owners with Harden have a lot to smile about with his 26.4 ppg, 6.5 apg and 6.2 rpg this season.
Dwight Howard, C12/13/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is expected to play 20-24 minutes in his return on Saturday according to Fox 26 Houston.
Insight: The Rockets have played very well without Howard, so they by no means will rush back their big-man, but he is a must-start if he is out on the floor.
Dwight Howard, C12/13/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard (knee) is listed as probable for Saturda's contest against the Nuggets.
Insight: Howard has missed the last 11 games, so his return will be a welcomed sight. Owners need to check back to see if he is officially active before tip-off.
Isaiah Canaan, G12/12/2014 2:13:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Isaiah Canaan missed Wednesday's game due to a sprained right ankle and is also out for Thursday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: With Patrick Beverley back, his fantasy value is minimal anyway. His absence will add a few minutes to Jason Terry playing time.
Patrick Beverley, G12/12/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley posted a solid double-double against Sacramento with 15 points, five assists and 10 rebounds.
Insight: With little behind him except for aging Jason Terry, Beverley can continue to put up solid numbers if he can stay healthy.
James Harden, G12/12/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden did everything Thursday night in an overtime win over Sacramento.
Insight: Harden scored 44 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a block. OK, it did take him 32 shots, but he was obviously the best player on the floor.
Dwight Howard, C12/11/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is apparently hoping to return to action on Saturday, according to a Yahoo Sports report.
Insight: Howard hasn't played since Nov 17. (11 games) due to a right knee injury. Donatas Motiejunas and Tarik Black will continue to start and see a lot of minutes, til Saturday.
Francisco Garcia, G/F12/11/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Rockets swingman Francisco Garcia is questionable for Thursday's game against Sacramento due to a sprained right ankle.
Insight: He's not fantasy worthy given his limited playing time and scoring ability. He's averaging 3.2 ppg this season.
Isaiah Canaan, G12/11/2014 2:13:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Isaiah Canaan missed Wednesday's game due to a sprained right ankle and is questionable for Thursday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: With Patrick Beverley back, his fantasy value is minimal anyway. His absence will add a few minutes to Jason Terry playing time.
James Harden, G12/10/2014 3:31:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden will play on Wednesday against the Warriors.
Insight: That's great to hear because it should be a fantastic matchup, and it wouldn't have been without Harden. He will get plenty of looks to keep up with the high-powered Golden State offense.
Kostas Papanikolaou, F12/9/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Kostas Papanikoloau is expected to miss 1-2 weeks due to a strained right knee.
Insight: Papanikoloau had posted three consecutive double-digit scoring games before the injury.
Dwight Howard, C12/9/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard went through a vigorous workout Sunday, according to marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: There is no announced timetable for Howard to return, but this could be an indication that he's getting close, maybe even the end of this week. Donatas Motiejunas and Tarik Black will continue to start and see a lot of minutes.
Isaiah Canaan, G12/9/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Rockets point guard Isaiah Canaan will miss Wednesday's game against Golden State due to a sprained right ankle.
Insight: With Patrick Beverley back, his fantasy value is minimal anyway. His absence will add a few minutes to Jason Terry playing time.
Trevor Ariza, SF12/6/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza scored a team-high 19 points during Saturday's win versus Phoenix.
Insight: He also had seven rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, but six turnovers as well. Ariza has fit in nicely, and is currently a borderline top-40 player.
James Harden, G12/6/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden shot terribly from the field, but still managed a solid stat line in Saturday's win against the Suns.
Insight: He was 5-of-21 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for 15 points. He also had 12 rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, three blocks, and six turnovers. Harden is a top-five option.
Patrick Beverley, G12/6/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (hamstring) will play on Saturday.
Insight: Good news for Beverley owners, as he will return against Phoenix. Adjust your lineups as necessary, but owners should be aware Jason Terry is still starting.
Dwight Howard, C12/6/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is out again Saturday against the Suns.
Insight: There is no timetable for Howard to return. Donatas Motiejunas and Tarik Black will continue to start and see a lot of minutes.
Nick Johnson, G12/5/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Without Dwight Howard and James Harden on the floor, backup shooting guard Nick Johnson hit the game-winning layup on Friday as Houston won, 114-112, in overtime against the Timberwolves.
Insight: Howard is obviously out with injury and Harden fouled out on Friday, so Johnson took the winning shot with the game tied as time expired. Johnson finished with six points with four of them coming from the line.
James Harden, G12/5/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden made 11-of-17 shots, scoring 38 points in the, 114-112, victory over the Timberwolves on Friday.
Insight: Harden made 3-of-5 3-pointers and also hit on 13-of-14 free throws. All those numbers will excite fantasy owners. Harden did turn the ball over eight times and foul out of the game for those leagues who count those statistics. The shooting guard also had six assists and four rebounds.
James Harden, G12/3/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden had a mundane fantasy night by his standards.
Insight: Harden did a little of everything but didn't stand out in any category. He scored 21 points, shooting 6-of-11 and making 2-of-5 3-pointers. He also hit 7-of-8 free throws. Harden chipped in four rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. Stating this as just another night for Harden speaks volumes to how well the shooting guard is doing at the start of this season.
Donatas Motiejunas, FHot11/30/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas scored 20 points playing for the injured Dwight Howard on Sunday.
Insight: Motiejunas will continue to be fantasy relevant as long as Howard is out. In addition to the 20 points, Motiejunas also had six rebounds and four assists.
James Harden, G11/30/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden had a terrific shooting night on Saturday.
Insight: Harden shot 9-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-5 from the 3-point line. He also made 12-of-13 free throws on his way to 34 points. Add in eight assists, six rebounds and four steals, Harden had a fantastic fantasy night. His only blemish was five turnovers.
Dwight Howard, C11/29/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is out again Saturday against the Bucks.
Insight: There are rumors that Howard will miss more games beyond Saturday. Donatas Motiejunas and Tarik Black will continue to have a bump in fantasy value while Howard is out.
James Harden, G11/29/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden scored a team-high 16 points in Friday's loss to the Clippers.
Insight: While he was 6-of-6 from the line, Harden was only 5-of-12 from the field and 0-of-4 from downtown. He also had six assists, four rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and five turnovers. Harden is a top-five option.
Dwight Howard, C11/28/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will not play on Friday against the Clippers due to a knee injury.
Insight: The Rockets will have to go with Tarik Black and Donatas Motiejunas against DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. There is no timetable for Howard's return.
Dwight Howard, C11/28/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is not expected to play on Friday due to a knee injury.
Insight: Howard has not officially been ruled out, but owners should have a backup plan in place. Tarik Black would get the start, but has shown no fantasy value so far.
Patrick Beverley, G11/28/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Rockets starting point guard Patrick Beverley is not expected to play for a while due to an injured left hamstring. Think December.
Insight: Isaiah Canaan and Jason Terry will get all the minutes with Canaan likely the starter. Bevereley missed four games the last time he injured a hamstring and this one , according to coach Kevin McHale, is more serious.
James Harden, G11/26/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden shot an abysmal 10-of-31 from the field, but still had 26 points in a win against the Kings.
Insight: He was 4-of-6 from the line 2-of-9 from deep. Harden also had eight assists, seven rebounds, two steals, three blocks, and one turnover.
Dwight Howard, C11/26/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is not expected to play on Wednesday due to a knee injury according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Guard Patrick Beverley is also not supposed to play. Howard has not officially been ruled out, but owners should have a backup plan for Wednesday's game.
Terrence Jones, F11/25/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones (leg) still has no timetable for his return.
Insight: Jones is dealing with nerve damage in the leg and is just now getting feeling back in his toes, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. He was playing well before the leg issue, averaging 14.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
Donatas Motiejunas, FHot11/25/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Rockets PF/C Donatas Motiejunas could be a viable fantasy option if Dwight Howard continues to be sidelined by his knee injury.
Insight: Tarik Black would get the start, but has little fantasy value. Motiejunas would be a better option and has averaged 13.5 ppg, 10 rpg over the past two contests.
Dwight Howard, C11/25/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard (knee) did not play Monday against the Knicks and may miss three or more games, according to Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen.
Insight: There was hope he would be able to play Monday, but he apparently did not feel right during shootaround. Tarik Black will get the start, but has little fantasy value. power forward/center Donatas Motiejunas would be a better option
Patrick Beverley, G11/25/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Rockets starting point guard Patrick Beverley will not play for a while due to an injured left hamstring.
Insight: Beverley missed four games the last time he suffered a hamstring injury and coach Kevin McHale thinks this time might be longer, according to Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen. Isaiah Canaan and Jason Terry will get all the minutes with Canaan likely the starter.
James Harden, G11/24/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden had another big game during Monday's win over the Knicks.
Insight: He was 11-of-22 from the field, 7-of-7 from the line, and 7-of-12 from beyond the arc for 36 points. Harden also chipped in six assists, six rebounds, three steals, one block, and five turnovers. While the turnovers are a bit much, these type of numbers will make owners deal with that.
Dwight Howard, C11/24/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard (knee) will not play Monday against the Knicks.
Insight: There was hope he would be able to play, but he apparently did not feel right during shootaround. There is still no timetable for Howard's return, but we would expect Houston to play it extremely safe with their big-man.
Patrick Beverley, G11/24/2014 2:36:00 PM
Description: Rockets starting point guard Patrick Beverley will not play Monday due to an injured left hamstring.
Insight: Isaiah Canaan and Jason Terry will get all the minutes with Canaan likely the starter. Canaan has started six times this season and averaged 11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.3 apg in that role.
Patrick Beverley, G11/22/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley briefly left the game, but returned in Saturday's comeback win over the Mavericks.
Insight: He hit six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one turnover. Owners would like to see his assist-numbers improve.
James Harden, G11/22/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden was 12-of-13 from the line, in Saturday's victory against Dallas.
Insight: He was also 8-of-18 from the field for 32 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four 3-pointers, two steals, and four turnovers. Harden has been on a tear all season long.
Dwight Howard, C11/22/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard (knee) will not play Saturday.
Insight: Howard recently had a plasma-rich platelet injection, but is not ready to return. There is no timetable for now, which actually should cause owners to be slightly worried. Stay tuned.
Dwight Howard, C11/22/2014 2:52:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is questionable for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.
Insight: This is actually good news because he has been upgraded from doubtful. Howard recently had a plasma-rich platelet injection, and whatever that is, it could keep him from playing one more game.
Dwight Howard, C11/19/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will not play Wednesday against the Lakers due to a strained knee.
Insight: Talk about a late scratch. We don't want to call the injury serious, but it is odd that Howard would not want to suit up at all costs against his former team.
Dwight Howard, C11/17/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard was 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line in Monday's loss to Memphis.
Insight: He finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and four turnovers (zero blocks), but nobody in this game really stood out from a fantasy standpoint. James Harden had only six points on 1-of-8 shooting.
Patrick Beverley, G11/16/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is probable for Sunday's game against Oklahoma City.
Insight: Beverley practiced Saturday, so should be ready to go. He's averaging 10.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg. Isaiah Canaan will return to a smaller backup role.
Dwight Howard, C11/14/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard posted a double-double in Friday's win over Philadelphia.
Insight: He has 21 points and 16 rebounds, but was only 3-of-12 from the line. Howard did have seven blocks, but six turnovers as well. Bittersweet night for owners.
James Harden, G11/14/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden had another big night against the 76ers.
Insight: He was 10-of-24 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line for 35 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three steals, one block, and five turnovers. Harden also hit the game-winning shot with under 10 seconds remaining.
Troy Daniels, G11/14/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Backup Rockets guard Troy Daniels is is probable for Friday's game against Philadelphia while dealing with a sore groin.
Insight: Daniels has no fantasy value, though the bench should see plenty of playing time against the sad Sixers.
Isaiah Canaan, G11/9/2014 11:31:00 AM
Description: Rockets point guard Isaiah Canaan scored 21 points in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.
Insight: He received another start due to injury to Patrick Beverley, and was 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. Canaan also had four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and five turnovers, and should not be considered a strong option moving forward.
James Harden, G11/8/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden scored a team-high 22 points in Saturday's loss to Golden State.
Insight: Harden was only 8-of-24 from the field, and 1-of-11 from beyond the arc. He did have seven rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, but also five turnovers as well.
Dwight Howard, C11/8/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will not play Saturday due to the flu.
Insight: Kostas Papanikolaou will start at power forward, leaving Houston very thin on the front line.
Terrence Jones, F11/7/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones (knee) is expected to miss one week of action.
Insight: Jones was on fire to start the season, so it's unfortunate, but keep him stashed away on the bench.
Isaiah Canaan, G11/6/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Isaiah Canaan started again in place of Patrick Beverley and shot 50 percent from the field.
Insight: Canaan scored 12 points and made two 3-pointers. If Beverley is out for awhile, Canaan is a decent pickup in standard fantasy leagues.
Dwight Howard, C11/6/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard had his biggest game of the season against the star-deprived Spurs.
Insight: Howard scored 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against San Antonio, who sat Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Howard was 12-for-18 from the field and 8-of-13 from the line.
Patrick Beverley, G11/6/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (hamstring) will not play on Thursday against the Spurs.
Insight: Beverley returned on Tuesday from his hamstring injury, so he must have re-injured it. Isaiah Cannan will likely start versus the Spurs.
Tarik Black, F11/6/2014 1:51:00 PM
Description: Rockets backup center Tarik Black (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg) is expected to return Thursday against San Antonio.
Insight: He might see a little more playing time due to the Terrence Jones injury, but it won't matter to fantasy owners because he has no fantasy value.
Terrence Jones, F11/6/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones (knee) missed Tuesday's against Miami and will not suit up for Thursday's game against Sam Antonio.
Insight: We were surprised when he missed the first game and two in a row is a bit concerning. Jones has played well this season (14.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg). Donatas Motiejunas started in place of Jones, but got into foul trouble and didn't contribute much for fantasy owners who took a gamble.
Dwight Howard, C11/4/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard had a big game on Tuesday.
Insight: He had 26 points and 10 rebounds, but had five turnovers and one steal. Howard will continue to be one of the best fantasy centers in the game.
James Harden, G11/4/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden continued to impress from the line in Tuesday's win over the Heat.
Insight: After going 17-of-18 from the line last night, Harden was 10-of-10 tonight. He nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 25 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, one steal, two blocks, and five turnovers. Owners will live with the turnovers, if Harden keeps posting these type of numbers.
Terrence Jones, F11/4/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones (knee) is out Tuesday against Miami.
Insight: The injury is a bit shocking, as there was no prior word about this. Donatas Montiejunas should see heavy minutes, during the absence of Jones.
Patrick Beverley, G11/4/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (hamstring) will play Tuesday against the Heat.
Insight: He will return to the starting lineup, which in turn, moves Isaiah Canaan to the bench.
Dwight Howard, C11/4/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard was dealing with a sore right knee, but appears to have come out of Monday's game against Philadelphia without any issues.
Insight: This back to back night is a decent test of Howard's knee. He posted a mediocre 11 points and 14 rebounds against the Sixers, but we are guessing he wasn't particularly motivated against the worst team in the NBA. Lets see what he does against the Heat and Chris Bosh.
Trevor Ariza, SF11/3/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza knocked down six treys in Monday's win.
Insight: He was 8-of-13 from the field and finished with 24 points, along with six rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and two turnovers. If Ariza continues to knock down three-pointers like this, his value will continue to increase.
James Harden, G11/3/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden scored 35 points in Monday's win against the 76ers.
Insight: He was 7-of-18 from the field, along with an amazing 17-of-18 from the line. Harden also had nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and four turnovers. He will continue to return first round value for fantasy owners.
Dwight Howard, C11/3/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is dealing with a sore right knee and questionable for Monday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Howard probably could sit this one out and the Rockets will still win over a horrible Sixers team.
Patrick Beverley, G11/3/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley did not play on Saturday against the Celtics due to a hamstring injury and is questionable for Monday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Isaiah Canaan would get the start in Beverley's place, but expect James Harden to handle the ball a lot. The Rockets don't need Beverley to beat the awful Sixers.
Terrence Jones, F11/2/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones had a double-double on Saturday against the Celtics.
Insight: Jones had 25 points and 10 rebounds. He is a force on both the offensive and defensive glass as four boards came on offense and six on defense. Jones also made two 3-pointers.
James Harden, G11/2/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden continued to shoot a below average percentage on Saturday.
Insight: Harden made 5-of-14 shots, including 2-of-6 from the 3-point line, but he made all 14 of his free-throw attempts. Fantasy owners will take the subpar percentage because Harden had 26 points, eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block.
Patrick Beverley, G11/1/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will not play on Saturday against the Celtics due to a hamstring injury.
Insight: Isaiah Canaan will get the start in Beverley's place, but expect James Harden to handle the ball a lot.
Isaiah Canaan, G11/1/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Isaiah Canaan will get his first career start against the Celtics on Saturday night.
Insight: Canaan had 18 points, five rebounds and five 3-pointers in the last preseason game about a week ago. Keep an eye on him Saturday.
Patrick Beverley, G10/31/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (hamstring) should be considered day-to-day.
Insight: He is running on the treadmill, but is not 100 percent, and if he is unable to go on Saturday against the Cleltics, backup guard Isaiah Canaan will be in line to get the start. Look for Jason Terry to mix in at point guard as well.
Dwight Howard, C10/29/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard was not heavily involved in the offense on opening night.
Insight: Howard only took five shots, the fewest of all the Rockets starters. He made three of those field goals and shot 7-of-16 from the free-throw line. Howard finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
James Harden, G10/29/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden scored 32 points on opening night.
Insight: Harden shot 7-for-17 from the floor, including a 3-for-6 from 3-point land, but the guard made his gold at the free throw line on Tuesday. Harden shot 15-for-16 from the charity stripe. He also added six assists and a steal.
Dwight Howard, C10/28/2014 3:54:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard practiced Sunday and should be ready to start Tuesday night's game against the Lakers.
Insight: Howard has been dealing with knee and arm issues, but it shouldn't prevent him from dominating the Lakers big men. In his second season with Houston we are projecting a slight uptick to 19 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 1.5 apg and 2.1 blocks per contest.
Terrence Jones, F10/22/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Houston forward Terrence Jones is a bit inconsistent, but the Rockets will need him more this season than last and he could be a nice late-round option.
Insight: Jones should see more minutes with Omer Asil gone and will help fantasy owners with his projected 12.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 1.6 blocks per contest.
Patrick Beverley, G10/22/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will no longer have to share the spot with Jeremy Lin, so should see increased minutes and increased fantasy value.
Insight: Beverley is primarily a defender with James Harden in control of the Rockets offense, but he can help in the steals and three-point categories and should average close to 11 ppg if he stays healthy.
Trevor Ariza, SF10/22/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Small forward Trevor Ariza's first season for the Houston Rockets has a chance to be his best.
Insight: Ariza will obviously take the spot of Chandler Parsons. He averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.6 steals per game with the Wizards last season and as the No. 3 option behind James Harden and Dwight Howard could surpass those numbers which would make him a top-25 option.
Dwight Howard, C10/22/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is a guaranteed 18 points and a dozen rebounds a night, but he doesn't come without warts.
Insight: Fantasy owners who choose Howard are getting a career 57 percent free throw shooter who finished under 50 percent in two of the last three seasons. And his 1.8 bpg last season was his lowest since 2005-06. In his second season with Houston we are projecting a slight uptick to 19 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 1.5 apg and 2.1 blocks per contest.
James Harden, G10/22/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden was a do-everything guard again last season and may be needed to produce even more with Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin playing in other uniforms.
Insight: Harden is a top-five overall fantasy option who fills up the entire box score. We are projecting 26.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.5 spg. His weakest attribute is his defense, or lack of it, which doesn't effect fantasy owners.
Dwight Howard, C10/9/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is not playing in Thursday's preseason game against the Grizzlies.
Insight: Howard has a sore knee but the injury does not appear to be serious. He should remain an early-round target in fantasy drafts.
Trevor Ariza, SF7/12/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Small forward Trevor Ariza will sign a four-year deal to play for the Houston Rockets.
Insight: Ariza will obviously take the spot of free agent Chandler Parsons. He averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.6 steals per game with the Wizards last season, his best all-around year since 2009-10 with the Rockets.
Chandler Parsons, F7/9/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: The Mavericks and restricted free agent Chandler Parsons have reached an agreement on a three-year offer sheet worth in excess of $45 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Insight: The Rockets will have 72 hours to match the offer after Parsons officially signs on Thursday. The Rockets prefer to sign Chris Bosh than to retain Parsons, but a lot depends on what LeBron James decides to do. The Mavs are certainly forcing rival Houston's hand.
Chandler Parsons, F6/4/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: The Rockets plan to decline their fourth-year option on forward Chandler Parsons' contract, allowing him to become a restricted free agent this summer. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: The Rockets now have the option to match an offer sheet from any other team and retain Parsons on a long-term contract. The current option on Parsons' fourth year is worth $960,000 and the team has until June 30 to formally decline the option. Parsons, 25, averaged 16.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for Houston last season and delivered a slightly-above league average 15.9 PER.
Dwight Howard, C5/3/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard contributed 26 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots Friday in a Game 6 loss to Portland.
Insight: Howard was consistently good all series (26 ppg, 13.7 rpg and 2.8 bpg) but it wasn't enough as the Trail Blazers eliminated Houston in six games. Certainly Howard's poor free shooting played a role in Friday's loss (6-of-11). Portland will face the winner of Sunday's Dallas/San Antonio game in round two.
James Harden, G5/3/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden (34 points on 9-of-15 shooting) had his best game of the series Friday in Game 6.
Insight: It's the first time Harden has shot over 50 percent in the series. Unfortunately, it will also be his last game as Houston was eliminated on Damian Lillard's buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of regulation. Harden will finish the series averaging 26.8 ppg on 37.6 percent shooting.
Chandler Parsons, FHot5/2/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons has been more aggressive at the offensive end in the playoffs and it shows in his numbers.
Insight: Parsons has raised his scoring from 16.6 ppg during the regular season to 20.0 and 5.8 rpg in the playoffs.
Jeremy Lin, GHot5/1/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin went off in Game 5 of the series with Portland, shooting 9-for-15 for 21 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Insight: Lin got plenty of playing time because start Patrick Beverley was dealing with flu-like symptoms that limited him to 21 minutes. It could be a similar situation on Friday.
Patrick Beverley, G4/30/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (illness) says he'll play in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Blazers on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Beverley attended shootaround in the morning but didn't do much. He's still dealing with a fever but will play with the Rockets facing a do-or-die situation down 3-1.
Patrick Beverley, G4/27/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Houston point guard Patrick Beverley (illness) says he'll play in Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Blazers on Sunday night, according to Mark Berman of myfoxhouston.com.
Insight: Beverley has averaged 40.3 minutes, 13 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 threes in the series.
Patrick Beverley, G4/27/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Houston point guard Patrick Beverley missed shootaround Sunday because of an illness. SOURCE: Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle
Insight: That puts his status in question for tonight's Game 4. Jeremy Lin (10.7 ppg, 5.0 apg, 4.3 rpg in Games 1-3) would be the logical replacement at point guard should Beverley miss Sunday's game.
Jeremy Lin, G4/23/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin has gotten over his illness and should be available to play Wednesday versus Portland. SOURCE: Rockets on Twitter
Insight: He sat out practice yesterday because of flu-like symptoms. Lin averaged 28.9 mpg during the regular season and barring a setback, he should see about that much time in Game 2.
Jeremy Lin, G4/22/2014 8:51:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard Jeremy Lin sat out practice Tuesday because of an illness. SOURCE: Rockets.com
Insight: It's unknown if he'll play Wednesday against Portland. Lin contributed 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting in Sunday night's playoff opener.