February 21, 2020, 1:30 amDeMarre CarrollSF, Houston Rockets
DeMarre Carroll debuted for the Rockets on Thursday vs. the Warriors but was quiet in his 13 minutes off the bench with just two points (2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds and four assists.
Carroll was added more for playoff depth as a veteran shooter. He's not going to make noise in fantasy, so leave him on the wire.
February 21, 2020, 1:26 amJeff GreenSF, Houston Rockets
Jeff Green made his debut for the Rockets on Thursday and looked surprisingly spry given that he's 33 years young, chiming in with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with four 3s, four rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes.
Before you go rushing off to grab Green, note that there was so much garbage time in this one, you could have built a landfill. He was likely seeing extra run to get acclimated with his new team and system. Leave him on the wire for now. Green's extra time on the floor came at the expense of Danuel House, who played just 19 minutes and was able to tally 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (three 3s) with three rebounds and one assist. House remains a standard-league hold at this time.
February 21, 2020, 1:21 amJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
Coming out of the All-Star break, a refreshed and rested James Harden was back in tip-top form, leading the Rockets to a 135-105 stomping of the Warriors with 29 points (6-of-16 FGs, 14-of-15 FTs), 10 dimes and a fat stat line.
Harden was in full beast mode (beard mode?) in this one, handily dispatching with the Dubs with three rebounds, three treys, three steals and two blocks, while committing just one turnover. 2019-20 has been rockier than usual for Harden as he saw some unfamiliar territory with ups and downs. He's back and killing it, so clearly the ASB-rest may have been exactly what the doctor ordered.
February 21, 2020, 12:48 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook got hot under the collar on Thursday and was ejected after receiving two technical fouls.
Westbrook left the game in the fourth quarter and was able to play 30 minutes. He dropped a 21-point (10-of-20 shooting), 10-assist double-double with five rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal in 30 minutes. Westbrook's role has been concretized since the Rockets went all-in on the micro-ball game plan. His ability to attack the basket is key in their path to win games. He should see a nice, steady usage until the regular season winds down.
Source: Phil Barber on Twitter
February 20, 2020, 9:07 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (leg contusion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Warriors.
Gordon won't play in this one but could return as soon as Saturday. In the interim, the new arrivals in Houston, Jeff Green and DeMarre Carroll, will be available and may get into the game. The Rockets have somewhere between seven and 45 wing players so we'll see how that rotation shakes out today.
Source: Craig Ackerman on Twitter
February 19, 2020, 5:37 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (left leg contusion) is questionable to play on Thursday against the Warriors.
Gordon missed the two games leading into the All-Star break, so hopefully he's able to suit up tomorrow. He has a shot at late-round value in Houston's new all-wing rotation, though you can steer clear unless you need points and threes.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 18, 2020, 2:53 pmIsaiah HartensteinPF, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have assigned Isaiah Hartenstein and Chris Clemons to the teams G League affiliate.
Hartenstein was unable to find any minutes while Clint Capela was injured as the team fully embraces the small-ball philosophy. Hartenstein and Clemons will be able to get consistent minutes down in the g League. Neither player is on the fantasy radar right now.
Source: Alkyhan Bijani on Twitter
February 17, 2020, 7:06 pmJeff GreenSF, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have reportedly signed Jeff Green to a 10-day contract.
Green was waived by the Jazz in late December. He played just 18.4 minutes per game there, averaging 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
February 12, 2020, 1:30 amJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden was ridiculous on Tuesday, sinking 17-of-18 free throws and seven triples on his way to 42 points (9-of-19 FGs) with eight rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block in 39 minutes in a 116-105 win over the Celtics.
Harden passed Joe Johnson to move into 42nd place on the NBA's all-time scoring list on Tuesday. Harden had a bit of a shooting slump recently, but even with a field goal percentage under 39 percent over the last month, Harden is still a top-10 player in both 8-cat and 9-cat formats. It doesn't get much better than The Beard.
Source: Craig Ackerman on Twitter
February 12, 2020, 1:19 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook continued his run of great games with 36 points (13-of-23 FGs, 10-of-13 FTs), 10 boards, five assists and two steals in 37 minutes in a home win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Amazingly, Westbrook is a top-10 player for the last month in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Despite playing next to Harden, Westbrook is thriving and has found his free throw stroke again while hitting field goals at a career-best mark of 46.3 percent.
February 12, 2020, 1:08 amDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
It was a rare game without a steal for Danuel House on Tuesday, but he did put up 17 points (5-of-11 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) , nine rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes in a win over the Celtics.
House has been playing very well lately and is locked into the starting role again. He's an excellent source of threes and steals and looks like he'll return to being a middle-round player.
February 12, 2020, 1:01 amRobert CovingtonSF, Houston Rockets
Robert Covington piled up the defensive stats on Tuesday with four blocks and three steals to go with 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes in a win over the Celtics.
Covington's jack-of-all-trades game has transitioned smoothly to Houston. He may even pick up more blocks than he did in Minnesota since he'll normally be the tallest player on the court for the Rockets.
February 10, 2020, 3:18 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (leg contusion) will not play on Tuesday as the Rockets will hold him out through the All-Star break.
Gordon will miss at least one more game but the long break should be enough to get him healthy for the stretch run. He's not a standard-league asset and you weren't likely relying on him this "week" anyway as Houston plays just once.
Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter
February 9, 2020, 9:55 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook flashed his scoring prowess during Sunday's 113-114 defeat against the Jazz, putting up 39 points (18-of-33 FG), six rebounds and four assists.
Westbrook was focused on the scoring today, but he still put up one 3-pointer, one steal and one block to round out the night. Rudy Gobert was actually guarding Westbrook during this game, but Russ had no issues getting buckets throughout the game against anyone. We'll probably see more diverse lines from Westbrook in the future, but it is great to see him scoring at will.
February 9, 2020, 9:47 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
Sunday's game vs. the Jazz saw James Harden go for 28 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two 3-pointers, two blocks and one steal over 39 tremendous minutes.
Harden shot a dismal 2-of-13 from 3-point range but still went 11-of-23 overall from the field. With so many stats up for grabs, Harden is not going to have a difficult time getting triple-doubles, and once his deep ball falls watch out. This was an excellent fantasy performance anyway.