• The Rockets will be without Nene on Friday and his Achilles injury has already made him a game-time decision for Saturday’s game, meaning Tarik Black, who is probable for Friday with a hip injury, will play the backup center role in his absence.

    It’s not surprising that the Rockets will keep Nene out for at least half of the weekend set. Their big priority for most of the season will simply be keeping guys healthy and rested for the long haul. Black was bothered by a hip problem but looks ready to roll, and fantasy owners in deep leagues could do a lot worse with a dart throw if they need big man stats. Black has always had sneaky effective per-minute numbers, so perhaps he’ll prove valuable this weekend.

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