May 16, 2020, 3:04 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets will be re-opening their facilities on Monday, per GM Daryl Morey.
It had been reported that May 18 was the target date over a week ago, and things ended up meeting that timeline. The Rockets will make their practice spaces open for voluntary workouts, though the league's overarching guidelines re social distancing will still be in place. There are still plenty of obstacles but getting players back into gyms, even in a limited capacity, is a first step for most teams.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 6, 2020, 9:39 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets are targeting to open the Toyota Center to players on May 18.
Under the current league guidelines, only four players will be allowed in the facilities at any given time and players will be limited to one player per hoop. The news of teams opening practice facilities is the first step towards the season continuing. There is still no official plan or timeline for games to resume and there are many hurdles to overcome.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 10:41 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden remained in his shooting slump on Sunday vs. the Magic, going for 23 points on 6-of-19 FG, along with seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.
Harden will always put together plenty of numbers in the Rockets' system, but he has now had five consecutive games with sub .400 shooting. He remains a top-2 option so you can't complain much about where things stand, but it sure would be nice for Harden to break out of this slump against the Wolves on Tuesday. Plenty of playoff matchups will be on the line.
March 7, 2020, 7:40 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden struggled on Saturday, but still managed to record a triple-double with 30 points on 8-of-22 shooting from the field and 12-of-14 from the line, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists.
Unfortunately, for the Beard, Russell Westbrook was rested tonight and the Charlotte defense collapsed on the remaining star, forcing him to commit 10 turnovers for the "wrong" kind of quadruple-double that you'd normally not want to see (unless you're playing 8-cat). He also hit two 3s and swiped two steals. Rocky season aside, Harden has still managed to be a threat to claim the top spot in fantasy in many spots this season.
March 5, 2020, 10:49 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden struggled on Thursday, scoring 16 points on 4-of-17 shooting to go with seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Harden went 0-for-8 from deep and looks like he's back to another cold spell. He's prone to these cold streaks here and now, especially from deep and it's partly due to him settling for the stepback more than he should. There's a prime matchup on Saturday against the Hornets to get himself back on track.
March 2, 2020, 9:34 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden scored 35 points on 8-of-22 shooting to go with two rebounds, eight dimes, four steals and three triples in Monday's loss to the Knicks.
Harden started off slow in this one, but brought it back in the second half. Although he had the counting stats in this one, it could have looked much better. The big takeaway though is that both players can coexist and produce at their maximum values which is a win for everyone.
February 29, 2020, 11:47 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden shot 7-of-24 from the field and 4-of-17 from deep on his way to scoring 21 points with eight assists and three steals in a win vs. the Celtics on Saturday.
Harden struggled on Saturday, but the Rockets pulled out the win in OT and he was able to salvage his fantasy line with counting stats. Harden will bounce back in the next game and remain the top fantasy player moving forward.
February 27, 2020, 12:10 amJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden lit up the Grizzlies on Wednesday, scoring 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting to go with seven rebounds, three assists, five turnovers and seven triples.
Harden was true to form, posting a line worthy of a player holding the top spot in fantasy rankings. Harden fell behind Anthony Davis in the rankings for a short stretch, but he should win the race for the top spot and fantasy owners can sit back and enjoy the dominance.
February 25, 2020, 12:48 amJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden led the Rockets to a 123-112 win over the Knicks on Monday with a game-high 37 points on 14-of-25 shooting with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Harden did only make 5-of-9 free throws, which is completely out of character. And while his six turnovers also hurt, none of this is stopping Harden from being the top fantasy player for the season. Not even a month-long slump. It may not be pretty, but The Beard knows how to dominate.
February 22, 2020, 11:37 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden powered the Rockets to a 120-110 win over the Jazz on Saturday with 39 points (13-of-23 shooting), five rebounds, seven assists, six 3s, two steals and one block in 37 minutes.
Harden has looked fresh, locked and loaded ever since the ASB. He's now trending back into the top-1 conversation in 9-cat formats. Fear the Beard, now more than ever.
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 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 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.
February 7, 2020, 11:37 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden played 30 minutes in a 91-127 loss to the Suns on Friday, finishing with 32 points (9-for-19 shooting), five assists, five triples, two rebounds, one steal and one block.
Harden did what he could to get his team the win on a night where Russell Westbrook was resting but none of his teammates could get it going. If this game stayed close Harden could've had one of those monster scoring nights. He'll get his next chance on Sunday at home against the Jazz.
February 7, 2020, 1:13 amJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden struggled on Thursday, scoring 14 points on 3-of-10 shooting to go with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.
Harden was double teamed all night and was unable to get much going against a stout and tall Lakers defense. He deferred to his running mate Russell Westbrook and it worked out as the Rockets got the win and Harden was able to limit his shot attempts. He went 1-for-6 from deep and will get it back on track against the Suns tomorrow with Westbook likely sitting.