News: Howard battled with foul trouble Tuesday, but mustered up nine points (4-12 FG, 1-6 FT), 10 rebounds and a block in 33 minutes in a loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Only in three games this season has Howard failed to score in double-digits despite logging over 25 minutes, and two of them have come against the Thunder. Expect Howard to bounce back Thursday when the Rockets visit the Bulls.
News: Parsons scored 19 points (6-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go with six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 46 minutes as the Rockets fell to the Thunder on Tuesday.
Impact: Parsons drew the assignment of guarding Kevin Durant on Tuesday, and though Durant lit him up for 42 points, Parsons still managed to put up a decent line for his owners. He played 46 out of the maximum 48 minutes, and with a season average of 37.8 minutes per game, Parsons will continue to log a heavy workload for the Rockets.
News: Harden scored a team-high 28 points (9-21 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT) to go with eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block in 44 minutes Tuesday in a loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Harden is having a pretty impressive March. He's averaging 28.2 points, 3.0 three-pointers, 5.2 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.6 steals on 51.6 percent shooting from the field. The Rockets have the best record in the league in 2014, and Harden's play is a big reason why.
Mon. Mar 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones saw only 20 minutes and scored just two points Sunday night against the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Coach Kevin McHale played small ball in the second half to find a spark against Portland, and because it worked Jones stayed on the bench for most of the last two quarters. Jones should be fine to use going forward, however.
Mon. Mar 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Harden scored 41 and was 7 of 12 from 3-point range in Sunday's win over Portland.
Impact: Harden appears to be heating up from long distance, going 11 for 19 over his last two contests after going 5 for 24 over his previous four.
Mon. Mar 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Lin scored 26 in Sunday's win over Portland, marking his highest point total since November.
Impact: Lin wasn't wildly efficient, going 7 of 17 from the field, but he nearly matched the 30 points he had totaled over his previous five games and hit a season-high 10 free throws on 12 attempts.
News: Lin came off the bench Sunday to score 26 points (7-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 10-12 FT) to go along with three rebounds, one assist and two steals in 34 minutes.
Impact: Lin hasn't had a performance of this caliber since the beginning part of the season when Patrick Beverley was out with injury. Keep in mind the Rockets went small for the entire second half and overtime, giving Lin more opportunities. The 26-year-old will likely come back down to reality Tuesday when the Rockets play their next game.
News: Harden had a stellar game Sunday that included 41 points (12-28 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 10-11 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists, six steals and one block in 47 minutes of action.
Impact: Harden proved why he's an elite fantasy option Sunday night. His ability to contribute at a high rate in every single category is matched by few players around the league.
Troy Daniels - #30 - Point Guard - 6'4" - 200lbs
News: Daniels was assigned to Rio Grande Valley of the NBA's D-League on Sunday, the Rockets' official site reports.
Impact: Since he was recalled from the Vipers on Mar. 3, Daniels has played in two of three games, totaling five points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and no other counting stats in eight minutes. Among those eligible in the D-League, he ranks fourth in scoring with 22.8 points per game, with a league-leading 190 three-pointers made on his ledger.
Sat. Mar 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beverley (nose) was able to play Friday, finishing with nine points, two rebounds, five assists and one steal in 26 minutes.
Impact: Beverley hasn't had to miss any time with his broken nose, and it doesn't appear that he will moving forward. Houston's next game comes against Portland on Sunday.
Sat. Mar 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Harden scored 28 points in Friday's rout of Indiana.
Impact: The Rockets are 20-2 at home when Harden has at least 17 points.
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | STATS
News: James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Evan Turner of the Indiana Pacers have both received technical fouls after a scuffle in the third quarter.
Impact: Turner was fouled by Chandler Parsons after he stole the ball from Patrick Beverley on Friday night. Turner pushed Harden with one hand at the end of the play. Harden immediately got in his face, so close it appeared they might be touching, and the pair exchanged words. They were quickly pulled apart while players from both teams yelled at each other. Houston led 73-50 at the time of the fracas.
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beverley will play Friday despite breaking his nose two days ago, the Rockets' official website reports.
Impact: Beverley is reportedly leaning toward playing Friday without a protective mask, which he deemed to be overly bothersome. Either way, Beverley's fantasy owners should feel free to deploy the point guard as usual.
Thu. Mar 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Howard (back) played in both back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday for the Rockets, intimating that the sore back which kept him out of practice Monday is not something that owners should be too concerned about.
Impact: Howard put up 19 points and 13 rebounds in 31 minutes Wednesday, and we're going to continue to roll him out there in our lineups. His owners should feel relatively safe putting Howard into fantasy lineups.
News: Parsons had 19 points on 8-of-20 shooting, including two 3-pointers, six rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 41 minutes Wednesday.
Impact: Parsons had been sick last week, but it looks like he's healthy again.
News: Lin had only two points in 15 minutes Wednesday.
Impact: His shot's been off, and his minutes have been down of late. Coach Kevin McHale expressed confidence in Lin last week, but for now Lin's not seeing enough work to be a useful fantasy option.
News: Jones had 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, a steal, a 3-pointer and two blocks in 38 minutes Wednesday.
Impact: Jones looks healthy of late and has been highly productive. While he's arguably the fourth option on offense, there's a lot of offense to go around on the Rockets, and Jones contributes in nearly every category.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Howard had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his second trip to Orlando to face his former team.
Impact: Orlando fans greeted Howard with a round of boos during player introductions and another the first time he touched the ball after the game tipped off. He has 10 double-doubles in his last 12 games.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Harden scored 31 points, including 25 in the second half, and the Houston Rockets dug out of a double-digit, first-half hole to beat the Orlando Magic 101-89 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Harden only had six assists after he totaled 23 in his two previous games.
News: Beverley sustained a broken nose in Wednesday's win over the Magic and will be fitted for a mask.
Impact: It's unknown whether Beverley will miss any time with the injury, but given his reputation as a grinder with a nose for the ball, it seems like there is a solid chance he could play Friday against the Pacers. Further updates on his status will be forthcoming, but consider him questionable for Friday's game in the meantime.
News: Howard dealt with a sore back early this week but traveled with the Rockets to Orlando, where he's expected to play Wednesday, the Magic's official site reports.
Impact: Howard was held out of Monday's practice, but it didn't stop him from punishing the Heat on Tuesday to the tune of 22 points (8-13 FG, 6-8 FT) and 16 boards in 36 minutes. The ailment may still be a hindrance, though all signs point to him suiting up Wednesday.
News: Harden had 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting, 11 assists, four rebounds, one 3-pointer and a steal in 40 minutes Tuesday.
Impact: It was the second straight game Harden posted double-digit assists, as the offense usually runs through him. After a rocky start to the year due to nagging injuries, Harden is on a roll of late.
News: Jones had 19 points (8-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT) with 12 boards, two assists and one block in 35 minutes Tuesday against the Heat.
Impact: Jones had a rough couple of weeks recently, but has had two great games in a row and looks to have regained his midseason form. If someone in your league panicked and dropped the impressive, young power forward, it would be wise to scoop him up.
News: Parsons (illness) returned to action and had 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt) with four boards and eight assists in 38 minutes Tuesday against the Heat.
Impact: Parsons missed Saturday's game with an illness, but played his typical run Tuesday, and can be considered healthy moving forward.
News: Lin (back) had seven points (2-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with one block in 15 minutes off the bench Tuesday.
Impact: He missed Monday's practice with a sore back, but saw his typical run in Tuesday's game and can be considered healthy moving forward. However, he has become a bit part in the Houston rotation of late, and thus carries little fantasy value.
News: Howard (back) had 22 points (8-13 FG, 6-8 FT), 16 boards and one assist in 36 minutes Tuesday against the Heat.
Impact: He missed practice Monday with a sore back, but he looked fine in Tuesday's contest, and owners should consider him healthy moving forward.
News: Howard (back) will start Tuesday against the Heat, the Rockets' official site reports.
Impact: This just confirms an earlier report that Howard would likely give it a go Tuesday. Get him in your lineups against an undersized Heat team.
News: Lin (back) is expected to play Tuesday against the Heat, Fox 26 reports.
Impact: He took part in Tuesday's shootaround after missing practice Monday, but those who own him in deeper leagues can feel free to deploy him Tuesday, although his recent shooting woes make him a shaky start in standard leagues.
News: Howard (back) is expected to play Tuesday against the Heat, Fox 26 reports.
Impact: He missed Monday's practice with a sore back, but took part in Tuesday's morning shootaround, and owners should feel comfortable deploying him as usual.
News: Parsons (illness) is expected to play Tuesday versus the Heat, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: Parsons missed Saturday's game with a "sinus migraine infection," which thankfully has since passed. The small forward was a full participant in Monday's practice and will play against the Heat on Tuesday, when he'll look to contain LeBron James coming off 61 points on Monday night.
News: Lin (back) took part in Tuesday morning's shootaround and is considered a game-time decision to play against the Heat, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Lin missed Monday's practice with back soreness, which could allow him to be rested for Tuesday night's game. However, Lin's playing status won't be known until prior to tipoff, so don't be surprised if Patrick Beverley sees extended playing time at point guard for the Rockets.
News: Howard (back) participated in Tuesday morning's shootaround, the Rockets' official website reports.
Impact: Howard missed Monday's practice due to back soreness, but received further treatment following Tuesday's shootaround in hopes of playing versus the Heat. Since Howard is still reporting back soreness, his status against Miami is questionable, so fantasy owners should keep an eye on his status as tipoff approaches. Should Howard sit out, Omer Asik is likely to start at center, with Donatas Motiejunas also providing a big body up front for the Rockets.
News: Howard sat out Monday's practice with back soreness, and his status is uncertain for Tuesday's matchup against the Heat, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: If Howard's soreness persists and he is unable to go on Tuesday, look for Omer Asik, who's seen just over 15 minutes per game over his past ten contests, to see increased playing time. Donatas Motiejunas may be another candidate for more minutes if the Rockets find themselves a big man short. Howard has been dominating of late, averaging 21.9 points and 13.1 rebounds over his past 10 contests, so his absence would certainly be felt by the Rockets when matching up against one of the East's top teams. Tuesday morning's shootaround should provide a clearer indication of his status though.
News: Lin (back) did not participate in Monday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Lin has been dealing with some back soreness of late, so coach Kevin McHale took the safe route by giving him a day to rest on Monday, but still suggests Lin's status is up in the air for Tuesday's matchup against the Heat. If Lin is unable to go, look for Patrick Beverley to continue to take on a heavy workload, with Isaiah Canaan being a potential candidate to take on minutes off the bench.
News: Parsons (illness) was a full participant in Monday's practice, the teams' official site reports.
Impact: Parsons missed Saturday's contest against the Pistons due to illness, but the fact that he's back on the practice court suggests he should be available when the Rockets square off against the Heat on Tuesday.
News: In Lin's last six games, he is shooting just 26 percent from the field, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: His production and minutes have been down of late, but coach Kevin McHale isn't overly concerned, so Lin could see more time once he heats up again.
Troy Daniels - #30 - Point Guard - 6'4" - 200lbs
News: Daniels was recalled from Rio Grande Valley of the NBA's D-League on Monday, the Rockets' official site reports.
Impact: In 36 D-League tilts, Daniels ranked fourth in scoring at 22.8 points per game, powered by a league-leading 190 three-pointers made. However, he's unlikely to factor into a Rockets backcourt that is fully healthy at the moment.
News: Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's 118-110 win over Detroit.
Impact: The Rockets may want to keep feeding Jones, as they are a whopping 25-3 when he scores more than 10 points.
News: Harden had 20 points and 12 assists in Saturday's 118-110 win over Detroit.
Impact: Harden's double-double was his sixth of the season. The Rockets are 7-1 when he dishes out at least nine assists.
News: Beverley (jaw) scored 19 points (6-15 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-4 FT) with five boards and three assists in 39 minutes during the win over Detroit on Saturday.
Impact: Beverley was hit in the face during practice Friday, but the tough player from Arkansas did not let the injury stop him against Detroit. His five 3-pointers equaled his total from his previous five games.
News: Harden put up 20 points (7-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-8 FT) with 12 assists and three steals in 40 minutes during the win over the Pistons on Saturday.
Impact: Harden provided offensive facilitation against Detroit and his teammates helped him out. He is just 2-of-12 on 3-pointers in his last two games, but has played at least 40 minutes in four of his last five games.
News: Jones provided 22 points (10-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with 10 rebounds in 32 minutes during the win over Detroit on Saturday.
Impact: Jones had been quiet lately and was coming off a four-point, four-rebound game in the loss to the Clippers on Wednesday. He was clearly feeling good against the Pistons as this was his first 20-point game since January.
News: Hamilton played 33 minutes as a starter for Chandler Parsons (illness) and scored 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt) with four rebounds in the win over Detroit on Saturday.
Impact: Hamilton has averaged 13.7 points in his three games with Houston. He's spent the majority of his time on the perimeter and only attempted two free throws during that stretch.
News: Parsons will miss Saturday's game against Detroit with an illness.
Impact: Jordan Hamilton, who was acquired from Denver on Feb. 20, will start in Parsons' place. Hamilton has averaged 14 points in two games with the Rockets. Parsons is third on the Rockets, averaging 16.7 points a game and has hit 39 percent of his 3-pointers this season. It is the sixth game Parsons has missed this season as he missed games Dec. 2-4 with back spasms and Jan. 8-11 with a sore right knee. In the five games Parsons has missed this year, the Rockets are 2-3.
News: Hamilton will start for Chandler Parsons (illness) on Saturday against the Pistons.
Impact: Hamilton has averaged 14 points and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes as a reserve in his first two games with Houston. He should get plenty of offensive opportunities in Parsons' stead.
News: Parsons (illness) will not play Saturday against Detroit. Jordan Hamilton will start.
Impact: Parsons played 32 minutes but had just seven points in the loss to the Clippers on Wednesday. He should be able to return in the next game against the Heat, since the Rockets don't play again until Tuesday.
News: Beverly (jaw) will play Saturday, despite being hit in the face in practice Friday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Beverly is a solid play in mid-sized leagues, as he's capable in contributing across the board, although the highs are quite nice, and the lows are also pretty forgettable.
News: Parsons (illness) participated in shootaround and is expected to play Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: No surprises here, even though Parsons is dealing with a sinus infection and a headache. Get him into your lineup per usual, as he's slated to play.
Greg Smith - #4 - Forward-Center - 6'10" - 250lbs
News: Smith (knee) will be out indefinitely, after having exploratory arthroscopic surgery Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Smith has struggled to play throughout the season, as he's had to battle with knee problems. It's unlikely that he'd receive much playing time even when healthy, but nevertheless, he'll be out going forward.
News: Parsons (flu) is expected to play Saturday despite missing Friday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Parsons had a rough go at it during Wednesday's game, which was likely the result of his oncoming illness. He's had a few days to rest, not to mention the best medical attention possible, and will look to bounce back in Saturday's game against the Pistons.
News: Beverley had to leave the Rockets' practice early Friday because he was hit in the jaw, the Houston Chronicle reports. However, he's still expected to play Saturday.
Impact: This type of injury is pretty commonplace over the course of the season and teams tend to err on the side of caution during practices. Beverley may suffer some stiffness Saturday, but he should be deployed as usual.
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Parsons (flu) did not practice Friday, the Rockets' official site reports.
Impact: Parsons struggled in Wednesday's game playing with the same illness, scoring only seven points on 3-of-13 shooting. The team's next game is Saturday, so a day to rest and recover, but consider him day-to-day for the time being.
Greg Smith - #4 - Forward-Center - 6'10" - 250lbs
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith will have arthroscopic knee surgery to deal with the nagging problems that he's had all year, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Smith has been able to play in just 11 games this season as he's been struggling with keeping his knee healthy. He sits behind Dwight Howard, Omer Asik and Donatas Motiejunas on the depth chart and would have a hard time seeing much action even if he was healthy. This procedure will likely keep him sidelined for an extended amount of time.
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Harden scored 18 points as the Houston Rockets fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 101-93 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Harden is fifth in the league in scoring at 24.5 points per game so this was a tad disappointing.
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Howard had 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Houston Rockets fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 101-93 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Howard has eight double-doubles in his last nine games.
News: Hamilton had another solid game Wednesday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including four 3-pointers in 24 minutes. He also had three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Impact: Hamilton got some extra run with Chandler Parsons slowed by the flu, but he's played well in his first two games with the Rockets. At this point it looks like he should see 15-20 minutes off the bench.
News: Parsons (flu) had a tough game Wednesday going 3-of-13 from the floor for seven points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 32 minutes.
Impact: Parsons nearly didn't return for the second half and looked off all game. This shouldn't be anything serious, but consider him day-to-day until further notice.
News: Howard scored 23 points (9-12 FG, 5-9 FT) and grabbed 11 rebounds in 34 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday night.
Impact: Howard has been exceptionally consistent lately, scoring around 20 points each game despite not getting a ton of shot attempts. He's a terror on the glass and is still protecting the rim at a top 5 level. There's plenty to choose from up front, especially at PF, but Howard has been as good as any of them.
News: Hamilton had a solid first game as a Rocket with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 24 minutes Tuesday.
Impact: Keep in mind the game was a blowout, and it remains to be seen how Hamilton fits into a crowded rotation.
News: Howard left Tuesday's game against the Kings due to an apparent right leg injury, but returned and finished with 20 points (7-9 FG, 6-10 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 25 minutes.
Impact: Howard and DeMarcus Cousins banged knees in the first quarter, and Howard gathered himself before limping to the locker room. He rode a stationary bike before returning and didn't seem bothered by the injury. Owners should continue to monitor his status, and if he misses any time, Omer Asik is worth an add in standard leagues.
News: Harden sat out the fourth quarter after having scored 43 points (11-20 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 15-16 FT) to go with two rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 31 minutes of action Tuesday against the Kings.
Impact: Harden scored 18 straight points to end the first quarter for the Rockets, and he never looked back. With 22 points in the first quarter, 30 in the first half, and 43 at the end of the third, Harden showed that not only is he one of the premier scorers in the league, but he's also one of the elite fantasy basketball players in the world today.
News: Howard has returned to Tuesday's game after leaving midway through the first half with an apparent right leg injury, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Howard went to the locker room and rode the stationary bike, and it appears to be minor enough that he can play through the ailment, which is great news for his fantasy owners.
News: Howard left Tuesday's game with an apparent right leg injury after bumping knees with DeMarcus Cousins and went to the locker room to ride the stationary bike, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports. He had five points and seven rebounds in eight minutes before his exit.
Impact: Spears speculates that it's a thigh injury, and it's unclear if he will return. This is a devastating blow for owners if it turns out to be serious, as Howard has been healthy all season, and he's been a top option at center, especially in points leagues. Continue to monitor his status, and if it turns out to be serious Omer Asik will be a key waiver wire add in most formats.
Ronnie Brewer - #10 - Guard-Forward - 6'7" - 235lbs
Sun. Feb 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Brewer was waived by the Rockets.
Impact: He's struggled with injuries this season, playing just 23 games while starting three. Brewer's career could be coming to an end.
News: Harden scored a season-high 39 points in Thursday's overtime loss to Golden State.
Impact: Harden is averaging 27.9 points over his last seven games since sitting out two with a thumb injury.
News: Howard was ineffective on offense in Thursday's loss to Golden State with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, but he grabbed 21 rebounds.
Impact: It marked the sixth straight double-double for Howard.
News: Parsons had 21 points in Thursday's loss to Golden State, though he was 8 of 24 from the field and 3 for 10 from beyond the arc.
Impact: It was definitely an off-shooting night for Parsons, who came in shooting 55.6 percent over his last five games and was 9 of 17 from beyond the arc during that stretch.
News: James Harden scored 29 points and added 11 assists, as Houston topped the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday 134-108.
Impact: Harden went on a scoring spree at the end of the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the period's final 1:29.
News: Howard had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Houston Rockets in 134-108 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night that extended the Rockets' winning streak to eight games.
Impact: It was Howard's first game against the Lakers in Los Angeles since leaving the organization to sign a four-year, $88 million contract with the Rockets in July.
News: Denver has traded Hamilton to Houston for Aaron Brooks.
Impact: Hamilton is averaging 6.8 points in 39 games.
Ronnie Brewer - #10 - Guard-Forward - 6'7" - 235lbs
News: Brewer has a sprained right ankle for the Rockets.
Impact: Brewer's status is uncertain.