May 24, 2019, 9:48 pmMike DAntoni - Coach - Houston Rockets
Despite Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta stating his intention to bring back coach Mike D’Antoni, recent departures of key staff may indicate that the team is trying to nudge MDA out according to NYT’s Marc Stein.
Large parts of D’Antoni’s staff including assistant coach Roy Rogers, assistant Mitch Vanya, video coordinator John Cho and player development coach Irv Roland (noted for his work with James Harden) will not be returning next season for the Rockets. There’s some speculation that despite Fertitta’s comments, GM Daryl Morey isn’t fully on board and might be the primary reason behind the recent firings. D’Antoni has one more season on his contract and it’s looking increasingly likely that there will be another shoe to drop.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
May 23, 2019, 12:56 pmJames Harden - G - Houston Rockets
According to reports from Shams Charania of The Athletic, James Harden and Chris Paul differed about the Rockets offensive style throughout the season culminating in a verbal back-and-forth throughout Game 6's second-round loss to the Warriors.
If true, this outlines deep discord among the teams two superstar players and their head coach. The report adds that Paul was pushing for more ball movement and distribution on offense and less emphasis on the iso-oriented approach that the Rockets heavily relied upon. The Rockets have the offseason to work on things, and with Harden and Paul making close to $80 million combined next season they'll need to figure out a way to mesh their philosophies quickly.
Source: NBC Sports
May 18, 2019, 12:36 pmEric Gordon - G - Houston Rockets
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said that he would like to sign Eric Gordon to a contract extension.
Gordon said after Houston's elimination that he loves Houston and would want to finish his career there. This seems to be a happy marriage if both sides can just agree on the figures. Gordon is due to make $14 million next season and is eligible to receive a four-year, $75.6 million extension. The 31-year old guard put up 17.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 blocks and 3.5 triples over 11 postseason games and his 3.2 triples per game in the regular season was sixth in the league.
Source: Houston Chronicle
May 12, 2019, 1:53 pmAustin Rivers - G - Houston Rockets
The Rockets are expected to try and retain Austin Rivers in free agency.
Rivers became the team's sixth man after getting picked up off waivers, but his run in Houston might take him out of the team's price range unless they're willing to go into the luxury tax to sign him. The Rockets only have six players under contract for next season and will need to go about filling their roster with value contracts. Gerald Green, Danuel House and Iman Shumpert are also considered possibilities to return, though it will all depend on what other moves the Rockets can make this summer.
Source: Houston Chronicle
May 11, 2019, 12:20 amChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul played his heart out on Friday, tallying 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds, six assists and three treys in 38 minutes as the Rockets fell to the Warriors in Game 6, 113-118.
The 13-year veteran did his best to keep his Rockets in it, but it was tall order as Stephen Curry burned them for 31 second-half points. Paul turns 34 in 2019-20 and his days a productive, elite (?) point guard are numbered. Expect managers to fade him further down in fantasy draft boards as he approaches the twilight of his NBA career.
May 11, 2019, 12:15 amClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela quietly put up a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double with one assist in Friday's Game 6 loss to the Warriors.
Capela was not much of a factor for the Rockets in this series, which has drawn him a lot of criticism. From a fantasy standpoint, remember that he's just 24 years old and has room to improve. If anything, this bitter loss to the Warriors (again), will fuel a fire in him, motivating him to take his game to another level in 2019-20.
May 11, 2019, 12:09 amEric Gordon - G - Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon was shut down on Friday, managing just nine points on 4-of-10 shooting with one rebound, four assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.
Gordon's quiet night spelled the difference between elimination and a Game 7 in this series. His contributions on offense have been key for the Rockets in this series and it looks like that Houston will need to go back to the drawing board for 2019-20 and figure out how to emerge as the Western Conference champions.
May 11, 2019, 12:06 amJames Harden - G - Houston Rockets
James Harden dropped 35 points on 11-of-25 shooting with eight rebounds, five dimes, six 3s, fvie assists and four steals on Friday but it was not enough as the Rockets lost to the Warriors 113-118 in Game 6, ending their 2018-19 campaign.
Harden was uncharacteristically off the mark from the free throw line, where he went 7-for-12 and he also committed six turnovers. The Rockets had a window to tie up the series with Kevin Durant sitting this game out with a calf strain, but it clearly was not enough of a handicap as the Warriors showed why they're the defending champs.
May 10, 2019, 7:45 pmKenneth Faried - F/C - Houston Rockets
Kenneth Faried (personal) has returned to the team and is available to play in Friday's Game 6 vs. the Warriors.
Faried missed Game 5 due to personal reasons but he's been a non-factor this series as backup center Nene is getting minutes in addition to the Rockets having to go small to counter Golden State's famed Death Lineup.
Source: Adam Spolane on Twitter
May 9, 2019, 1:37 pmChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul is averaging only 0.77 points per possession on iso plays this postseason compared to the 1.17 he averaged in last year’s playoffs.
While Paul's shooting stroke has been off the last two games, especially from deep, he is still averaging 14.6 points, 5.6 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game against the Warriors in round 2. Paul's tenacity and toughness have bothered the Warriors throughout the series, showing that he can affect games even when his offensive performances are below his standards.
Source: Tin MacMahon on Twitter
May 9, 2019, 1:34 amChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul struggled with his shot, making just 3-of-14 shots from the field to score 11 points that came with six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
This was an off night for Paul, who did do his best in the fourth quarter to get his Rockets back in the game. He committed a shooting foul on Stephen Curry with less than a minute left and also missed a 33-foot Hail Mary 3-pointer. While his heroics failed to hit their mark tonight, CP3 will get another (possibly last) shot at redemption in Game 6 as the series heads back to Houston.
May 9, 2019, 1:29 amClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela stayed quiet on Wednesday, posting just six point on 3-of-10 shooting with 14 rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes.
Capela's impact, or lack thereof in this series has been an eye-opener. So far, the series has been about a 3-point shootout between the stars of both teams, keeping Capela and his skill set out of the limelight. With Kevin Durant (right calf strain) possibly missing Game 6, the Rockets may want to feed Capela the ball a bit more in the post to abuse a less defensively capable Kevon Looney or Jordan Bell.
May 9, 2019, 1:24 amPJ Tucker - F - Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker tied James Harden for a team-high 45 minutes played on Wednesday and delivered a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double that came with one dime, three 3-pointers, two steals and one block.
It was nice to see Tucker fill up the stat sheet tonight. He's been the Rockets' X-factor in this game and they'll need him to bring his best game as they face off against a likely Durant-less Warriors (right calf strain) in Game 6. An excellent two-way performance from him coudd spell the difference for the Rockets' playoff future.
May 9, 2019, 1:20 amEric Gordon - G - Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon shook off an ice-cold first half to end Wednesday's Game 5 loss with 19 points on 5-of-14 shooting with two rebounds, two 3s, one assist, one steal and one block.
Gordon stunk early, going 0-for-7 from the field before the halftime break, so it was good to see him finally get it together later in the game. Sadly, it was too little, too late as the Rockets lost in the end. They will need Gordon to be present and productive from tipoff to ending whistle in a must-win Game 6.
May 9, 2019, 1:15 amJames Harden - G - Houston Rockets
James Harden hit 10-of-16 shots from the field and 8-of-10 from the line to finish Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors with 31 points, four rebounds, eight assists, three 3s, four steals and one block in 45 minutes.
Harden did his best to carry Houston but lacked enough support from his teammates in the first half, when Eric Gordon was having trouble finding his shot. The Warriors lost Kevin Durant in the third quarter with a strained right calf, so expect Harden and company to put on a show in a do-or-die Game 6.