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Rockets should finally be fully healthy after the break

It’s been a tough year for injuries, but the Rockets look poised for full health soon. The Houston Rockets head into the All-Star break with a 33-24 record and sit in fifth place overall in the Western Conference. It’s certainly not where many people thought they’d be come February when asked at the beginning of the season, but considering how things started out, it’s not a terrible place to be. Houston began the year 11-14, but has a 22-10 record since, which is a .687 winning percentage over the past 32 games. If they keep racking up Ws at that pace, they’ll grab 17 of their...

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Thunder star Paul George excited about addition of Markieff Morris

Following Thursday night’s matchup against the Houston Rockets, Paul George spoke with members of the media about the Oklahoma City Thunders’ acquisition of Markieff Morris. Morris, now 29 years of age, was recently traded by the Washington Wizards to the New Orleans Pelicans, who later waived him. The former Kansas Jayhawk suffered a neck injury […] The post Thunder star Paul George excited about addition of Markieff Morris appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Rockets hoping to have Clint Capela back after All-Star break

Rockets center Clint Capela has been out since he injured ligaments in his right thumb Jan. 13 in Orlando, requiring surgery the following week. The game against the Timberwolves was the 15th he had missed, but he was cleared to resume workouts several weeks ago. The Rockets expect him to practice with the team for the first time since the injury next week in Los Angeles.

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Houston Rockets: Three Bold Predictions for the Remainder of the Season

The first half of the regular season for the Houston Rockets has been interesting. Beginning the season, the Rockets were at the bottom of the western conference with a 1-5 record. In addition, dealing with injuries to key members of the roster like Chris Paul, Clint Capela and Eric Gordon. In spite of all these […] The post Houston Rockets: Three Bold Predictions for the Remainder of the Season appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Rockets’ Clint Capela doing everything other than physical contact as he recovers from thumb surgery

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni says starting center Clint Capela is doing everything other than physical contact as he makes his way back from thumb surgery. Capela underwent right thumb surgery in January after suffering ligament damage. D’Antoni says the 7-footer looks good, but won’t commit to the talented big man playing for the […] The post Rockets’ Clint Capela doing everything other than physical contact as he recovers from thumb surgery appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Harden runs 30-point streak to 30, Rockets beat Mavs 120-104

James Harden scored 31 points for his 30th straight 30-point game despite dealing with a shoulder injury, leading the Houston Rockets to a 120-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

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Report: Rockets 1 of 3 teams interested in free agent Markieff Morris

Houston is looking to add the veteran forward to its lineup. The Houston Rockets are reportedly looking to pick up forward Markieff Morris from the free agent market. According to a report by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Toronto Raptors, are interested in signing Morris. Morris was traded from the Washington Wizards to the New Orleans Pelicans the day of the NBA trade deadline, and was cut the day after. Before that, the 29-year-old forward was sidelined with a neck injury, transient cervical neurapraxia, since Dec. 26 after playing 34 games this...

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Rockets' James Harden won't elaborate on shoulder injury

Stemming from a collision with Thunder center Steven Adams on Saturday, Harden's shoulder discomfort prevented him from doing his usual shooting routine for two days.

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RUMOR: Rockets eyeing free agent Markieff Morris

The Houston Rockets could be putting a close eye on free agent Markieff Morris and his health situation, as a potential candidate to join the team, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. Morris, who is dealing with a neck injury, recently sought out a second opinion for it and now expects to be back […] The post RUMOR: Rockets eyeing free agent Markieff Morris appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Rockets' James Harden: Shoulder injury not an excuse in loss to Thunder

He dismissed a question about whether his shoulder diminished his scoring ability.

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James Harden expected to play Monday for Rockets against the Mavs

Any injury concerns surrounding Houston Rockets superstar James Harden are being downplayed, as he is expected to play against the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets’ main source of scoring is dealing with a shoulder issue, but coach Mike D’Antoni expects to have his star not to miss a game. It seemed that Harden was favoring his […] The post James Harden expected to play Monday for Rockets against the Mavs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Rockets' Kenneth Faried extends streak of double-digit scoring

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Rockets center Kenneth Faried on Wednesday had a double-double for the sixth time in seven games, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds against the Kings. In nine games with the Rockets since he was signed following Clint Capela's thumb injury, he has averaged 16.1 points and 10.2 rebounds while making 61.9 percent of his shots.

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Video: Suns’ Kelly Oubre denies Rockets’ Gerald Green with monster block on the break

During Monday’s game between the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets, Kelly Oubre came up with a great defensive play. The 23-year-old swingman came from behind Gerald Green for the nasty block off the break. The Rockets have had quite the season this past year. They started out slow because of numerous injuries, particularly their […] The post Video: Suns’ Kelly Oubre denies Rockets’ Gerald Green with monster block on the break appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Healthy Rockets? Not by a moonshot

Rockets injuries by some numbers. We are now roughly 60% through the 2018-19 NBA season. The results so far haven’t been what any serious Rockets watcher or fan was expecting. After securing the #1 seed in the Western Conference the year before, the Rockets have spent a goodly portion of the season out of playoff position entirely. Currently they rest in the 6th seed, with #3 and #9 roughly equidistant. Getting to that point has been in large part due to the Herculean efforts of reigning MVP, James Harden. Not to belabor the point, but Harden is in territory untrod by any modern NBA...

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James Ennis starts for Rockets against Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY - With Chris Paul out, James Ennis III returned to the Rockets' starting lineup, giving the Rockets their 15th lineup of the season and seventh in the past 10 games, since center Clint Capela went out with a thumb injury.

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Rockets’ Chris Paul could sit out back-to-backs for rest of season

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni says All-Star point guard Chris Paul could sit out back-to-backs for the rest of the season. Paul missed 17 consecutive games with a groin injury and he just recently came back. To make sure CP3 is fresh and healthy for the playoffs, the Rockets are going to play it […] The post Rockets’ Chris Paul could sit out back-to-backs for rest of season appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Clint Capela rejoins Rockets for first time since surgery

DENVER - Clint Capela on Friday rejoined the Rockets for the first time since his thumb surgery Jan. 17, getting in a workout before the game and thrilled to have taken that step closer to returning.

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Rockets’ Chris Paul will play vs. Nuggets, unsure for next game

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will play against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, but the All-Star point guard may sit on Saturday versus the Utah Jazz. Chris Paul is making his way back from a groin injury which sidelined him for 17 games. The nine-time All-Star is also dealing with back stiffness. Chris Paul […] The post Rockets’ Chris Paul will play vs. Nuggets, unsure for next game appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Clint Capela targets first game after All-Star break for return

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Clint Capela is hoping to make a return to the court in the Houston Rockets’ first game after the All-Star break. Capela reportedly joined the team for the first time since having surgery on January 17 to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. This is obviously great […] The post Clint Capela targets first game after All-Star break for return appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Rockets PG Chris Paul (sore lower back) questionable to play just 2 games after return

Two games after his return from a hamstring injury, Chris Paul might return to the sidelines again due to a sore lower back. Per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Paul was given a questionable tag ahead of Friday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Rockets guard Chris Paul listed as questionable to play against the […] The post Rockets PG Chris Paul (sore lower back) questionable to play just 2 games after return appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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After debacle against Pelicans, Rockets again look to repair broken defense

As much trouble as the Rockets have had making any consistent improvement defensively, after Tuesday's loss when the injury-depleted Pelicans made 62.2 percent of their shots in the second half, the defensive issues again became a focal point at practice on Thursday.

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Rockets vs. Pelicans game thread

The Rockets take on a banged-up Pelicans squad tonight at home. The Houston Rockets are looking for their fourth consecutive victory tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans, and they have a golden opportunity with a reeling Pelicans team that not only sits in 13th place in the Western Conference, but were also just rocked from a psyche perspective with the Anthony Davis trade request. To top it all off, New Orleans is also decimated by injuries: Add another name to the Pelicans injury list. Elfrid Payton is out with a sprained right ankle. That makes five guys out vs. the Rockets;...

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Rockets star James Harden scored 741 points in 17 games that Chris Paul missed with hamstring injury

After a challenging start to the season, the Houston Rockets have looked like the contender many believed them to be. That is owed in large part to the historic season James Harden is having. In fact, Marc Stein of The New York Times outlined in his newsletter just how impressive he has been when his […] The post Rockets star James Harden scored 741 points in 17 games that Chris Paul missed with hamstring injury appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Five takeaways from the Rockets’ loss to the Pelicans

The Houston Rockets’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night was a tough one to swallow. Even though the Rockets got the lead as high as 15 against the injury-riddled and Anthony Davis-less team, New Orleans was able to storm back and get an inspired win on the road. Good, bad, or just news, here are some takeaways from the game: Kenneth Faried Is A Legit Back-Up Big Kenneth Faried had probably the most legitimate test as a back-up big that he could have asked for, going head-to-head with back-up center Jahlil Okafor (maybe starting center from now own) in starting roles....

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Pelicans hit with injury bug as they face Rockets

"We basically have four of our five starters out and our sixth man," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said of Davis, Nikola Mirotic, E'twaun Moore, Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton. "That's challenging in itself. To me, when you approach anything from that perspective, the most important thing is; are we going to play hard and are we going to compete and are we going to play unselfishly?

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Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry responds to Anthony Davis’ $50,000 fine

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis was fined $50,000 on Tuesday for his public trade request. The Pelicans, who are in Houston taking on James Harden and the Houston Rockets, will be without Davis, as he recovers from a finger injury. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry met with reporters pregame and responded to the NBA’s […] The post Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry responds to Anthony Davis’ $50,000 fine appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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One player most likely to be moved by the Houston Rockets by trade deadline

The Houston Rockets may believe they have the pieces to contend for a championship this season. Even with their current list of injuries, the Rockets are still strong. But that doesn’t mean a deal can’t be done to solidify or strengthen their position. Any team with James Harden and Clint Capela has a chance, but the Rockets […] The post One player most likely to be moved by the Houston Rockets by trade deadline appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Alvin Gentry jokes injury-riddled team will try its best to hold James Harden under 50 points

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry has drawn the unenviable task of scheming up a way to contain James Harden in Tuesday night’s matchup against the Rockets. Harden is scoring the rock at an all-time great clip this season. In fact, the Beard has racked up 30 or more points in 23 straight games. […] The post Alvin Gentry jokes injury-riddled team will try its best to hold James Harden under 50 points appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Lakers Discussion: Lakers Lose to the Rockets, Lonzo Ball Ankle Injury, Kuzma 20 Pts in First

Los Angeles Lakers Lose to the Houston Rockets, Lonzo Ball Ankle Injury, Kuzma 20 Pts in First Quarter. #Lakers #LonzoBall #LakersNation

Kyle Kuzma: Lakers 'down top-3 playmakers' with Lonzo Ball injury vs. Rockets | NBA Sound

Kyle Kuzma says the Los Angeles Lakers did a great job in their overtime loss to the Houston Rockets. Kuzma says Lance Stephenson came in and provided a great spark for the Lakers. He says the Lakers need to continue to be who they are and it's a "next ma

The Rockets are threatening the Warriors' chances to three-peat – Max Kellerman | First Take

Max Kellerman says the Houston Rockets are a legit threat to the Golden State Warriors because of James Harden’s greatness, Chris Paul coming back from injury, and the Warriors looking vulnerable. Stephen A. Smith however disagrees saying the Warriors don