Houston Rockets Player News: All Positions

News: Rivers averaged 8.3 points, two rebounds and 1.9 assists across 22.1 minutes in 10 games since the All-Star break.
Impact: Rivers remains firmly in a bench role behind Russell Westbrook, though he's consistently seeing around 20 minutes a night. Since the break, he's finished in double digits three times, with his last performance dating back to March 10 against the Timberwolves, when he scored 11 points in 18 minutes of action.
News: Entering the NBA shutdown, House had started the Rockets' previous 17 contests.
Impact: House has developed into a quality role player over the last season-and-a-half, and he found himself in what appeared to be a permanent starting role prior to the suspension of the season. In that 17-game span, House saw 29.1 minutes per game, which he translated to 10.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 made threes, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals.
News: Tucker posted three points (1-2 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 36 minutes during Tuesday's 117-111 victory over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Tucker was a nonfactor offensively, but he made his mark on the game through impressive rebounding and defense. The performance marked just the second time in Tucker's career that he's gone for at least 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Since the All-Star break, he's averaging 5.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31.7 minutes.
News: Westbrook produced 27 points (11-17 FG, 5-6 FT), seven assists, six rebounds and four steals in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 117-111 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Westbrook has scored at least 20 points in every single game since Dec. 7, so he's virtually a lock to produce decent numbers every time he steps on the hardwood. One thing to note is that he's been scoring with a lot more accuracy of late, however, as the star point guard has made 53.4 percent of his field goals in his last six games. That kind of efficiency produces a huge boost if he's scoring at a high volume.
News: Gordon notched 16 points (5-15 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 117-111 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Gordon struggled from the field, but he still produced a solid line off the bench. The fact that he's healthy should be the main positive thing moving forward, and Gordon will look to continue producing Thursday on the road against the Lakers even though he's hitting just 32.1 percent from the field in his last five appearances.
News: Harden posted 37 points (11-19 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 10-14 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 117-111 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Harden shot just 32.5 percent from the field during the Rockets' four-game losing streak, but he bounced back admirably here and carried his team to a win. The star shooting guard remains productive regardless of his team's struggles, however, and he should continue to be one of the league's main scoring threats regardless of what happens with Houston. For what is worth, he has reached the 30-point plateau thrice during his last five games.
News: McLemore (illness) will be available Tuesday against Minnesota, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
Impact: McLemore missed Sunday's game with the illness, but he'll be back to availability off the bench Tuesday night. The former lottery pick has not been fantasy-relevant this season.
News: Gordon (knee) will play Tuesday against the Timberwolves, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Impact: Right knee soreness has kept Gordon out the past two games, but he's feeling healthy enough to make his return Tuesday. He's come off the bench across his past three appearances, averaging 7.7 points, 1.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 22.3 minutes.
News: McLemore is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves due to an illness.
Impact: McLemore also missed Sunday's loss to Orlando with the same ailment, so the team will wait to see how he feels at shootaround Tuesday morning.
News: Gordon (knee) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
Impact: Gordon has missed the last two games with a sore right knee, and the Rockets will continue to evaluate him on a day-to-day basis. If the knee feels better by shootaround in the morning, Gordon could make his return -- likely in a bench capacity.
News: Covington tallied seven points (3-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 26 minutes Sunday in the Rockets' 126-106 loss to the Magic.
Impact: Covington has been held in the single digits in scoring in two of his last three outings, but he poured in 25 points and seven treys in the other game, and he's racked up eight blocks between the three contests. As that production illustrates, Covington is still capable of giving fantasy managers something useful even on nights he doesn't shoot the ball well, making him a highly valuable option.
News: Harden tallied 23 points (6-19 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 8-10 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in Sunday's loss to the Magic.
Impact: Harden went minus-15 across 32 minutes of action as Houston dropped its fourth straight game. During this skid, Harden has averaged 26.0 points per game, but he's shot just 32.5 percent from the field, including 19 percent from three. That's a far cry from his season-long averages of 34.3 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting (and 35 percent from downtown).
News: Westbrook put up 24 points (9-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes Sunday in the Rockets' 126-106 loss to the Magic.
Impact: Westbrook's scoring and assist totals edged out James Harden (23 and seven) for the team lead, but the outing was still somewhat disappointing for the 31-year-old, who was rested for the front end of the back-to-back set Saturday. The Rockets' commitment to small-ball lineups has generally been yielding positive results while simultaneously bringing Westbrook's fantasy value to greater heights, but the team has hit a bit of a rough spell of late. The Rockets have now lost four consecutive games, with two of the losses coming by double figures and the other two coming against non-playoff teams in the Knicks and Hornets.
News: The Rockets list Gordon (knee) as out for Sunday's game against the Magic.
Impact: As anticipated, Gordon will miss both ends of the Rockets' Saturday/Sunday back-to-back set after he experienced some right knee soreness following Thursday's 120-105 loss to the Clippers. While Gordon was out during Saturday's 108-99 loss to the Hornets, Austin Rivers (32 minutes) and Jeff Green (29 minutes) saw big boosts in playing time, but both players could settle into smaller roles with All-Star Russell Westbrook (rest) scheduled to return from a one-game absence.
News: McLemore will start Saturday's contest against the Hornets, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
Impact: With Russell Westbrook (rest) out, McLemore will join the starting group. Across his past three starts, he's averaging 11.7 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 27.7 minutes.
News: Gordon (knee), who is out for Saturday's game against the Hornets, is doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Magic, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Knee soreness will likely keep Gordon out for a second straight game Sunday, but coach Mike D'Antoni noted that the guard would be day-to-day coming out of the weekend. In Gordon's absence, we could see more minutes out of Jeff Green, Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore.
News: Clemons was recalled by the Rockets ahead of Saturday's game against Charlotte, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old will rejoin his parent club after a short stretch in the G League. Clemons has played sparingly at the NBA level over the past couple of months and is averaging just 5.0 points in 8.8 minutes across 28 appearances this year.
News: Gordon (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game at Charlotte, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gordon exited Thursday's loss to the Clippers with right knee soreness and will miss at least one game as a result. Russell Westbrook (rest) is also out Saturday, likely providing significant run for Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore.
News: Westbrook won't play the front end of the back-to-back set Saturday against the Hornets but will suit up Sunday versus the Magic, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
Impact: Westbrook hasn't played in both parts of back-to-back sets all season, and this time around he won't play in the first game. Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore figure to see increased run Saturday with Eric Gordon (knee) also sidelined.
News: Westbrook notched 29 points (11-27 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-11 FT), 15 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 120-105 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: One of the best rebounding guards in the league, Westbrook has notched double-digit boards in 17 games this season and routinely crashes the glass with efficiency for a player of his position. He averages 8.1 rebounds per game, but that's down from what he did in each of the past three seasons, where he averaged over 10 boards per game.
News: Green registered 17 points (6-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes off the bench during Thursday's 120-105 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Green has scored in double digits in three of his seven games with the Rockets so far, and he seems to be settling nicely as an option off the bench for head coach Mike D'Antoni. His scoring figures might be a bit inconsistent on a nightly basis, but he has enough talent to light up the scoreboard any time he steps on the hardwood. He'll need to do it on a consistent basis to gain more fantasy value, though.
News: Harden notched 16 points (4-17 FG, 0-8 3Pt, 8-11 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes during Thursday's 120-105 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: This was Harden's fourth lowest-scoring game of the 2019-20 season, as he looked uncomfortable all game long and missed his eight attempts from three-point range, making it just the second time in the entire season that he hasn't made at least one shot from beyond the arc. The star shooting guard will try to bounce back Saturday at Charlotte.
News: Gordon won't return to Thursday's contest against the Clippers due to right knee soreness, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: The Rockets are likely playing it safe with their guard, as Gordon exited the contest in the fourth quarter after the game was out of hand. He'll likely be considered questionable for the Rockets' next matchup against Charlotte.
News: Carroll (illness) will be available for Thursday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Carroll had been nursing an illness that initially resulted in a questionable designation, but he'll be available Thursday night off the bench for one of the Rockets' biggest games of the season. However, Carroll did not appear in either of the team's last two games.
News: Carroll is questionable for Thursday's game against the Clippers due to an illness, Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 Houston reports.
Impact: Carroll has appeared in three games for the Rockets since joining the team following the All-Star break, posting averages of 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 15.0 minutes during those contests. His status should clear up closer to game time Thursday.
News: House recorded 20 points (7-15 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 30 minutes during Monday's 125-123 loss to the Knicks.
Impact: The Knicks got the upset victory in this one, but House did his part to make the game close. He scored 20 points for the first time since Feb. 4, which was also the last time he drilled at least four threes. House played well Monday, but he's struggled overall recently, shooting just 31.9 percent from distance over the past nine games.
News: Harden went for 35 points (8-22 FG, 3-13 3Pt, 16-16 FT), eight assists, four steals and two rebounds in 39 minutes during Monday's 125-123 loss at New York.
Impact: Harden continues to put up one of the most impressive scoring campaigns in NBA history -- he has scored 30 or more points in four of his last five, and he has achieved that feat nine times in his last 14 games since a two-game absence in late January. The efficiency has been lacking a bit during that stretch -- he's shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from deep -- but that shouldn't matter much as long as Harden continues to score at this stellar rate.
News: Covington notched 20 points (7-14 FG, 6-11 3Pt), 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes during Monday's 125-123 loss at New York.
Impact: Covington has scored in double digits in eight of his first 10 games with the Rockets since being traded from the Timberwolves, but he has also averaged 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.5 blocks during that stretch. He's shooting just 36.4 percent from deep and that could improve, but until now, Covington has been doing exactly what the team needs from him on both ends of the court.
News: Westbrook registered 24 points (9-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and one block in 37 minutes during Monday's 125-123 loss at New York.
Impact: Westbrook didn't look sharp in this game, but he still extended his run of games scoring 20 or more points to 31 contests. The lack of efficiency stands out, but the star point guard has connected on 53.4 percent of his shots during his last 10 games. Based on his current form, this might have been nothing more than a bump in the road for one of the league's most dominant scorers.
News: Covington ended with 16 points (6-12 FG, 4-10 3Pt), 16 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 39 minutes during Saturday's 111-110 victory over the Celtics.
Impact: Covington reaped the benefits of the Celtics' poor shot selection, grabbing a career-high 16 boards and blocking three shots for the sixth game in a row. The 29-year-old also provided on the offensive end, extending his run of contests with 10-plus points to three. Covington ended his first month with the Rockets averaging 12.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
News: Tucker finished with nine points (3-7 FG, 3-6 3Pt), 13 rebounds, three blocks and one assist across 39 minutes during Saturday's 111-110 overtime victory over the Celtics.
Impact: Tucker saw more outside shots than his previous average of 4.1 three-point attempts, but the most surprising element of his game came from in the paint. The 34-year-old's stout performance in the paint earned him season highs in both blocks (three) and offensive rebounds (six). Tucker offers varying fantasy value but continues to prove how formidable he is as an undersized center, demonstrated by Houston's seventh win in eight contests since the lineup change.
News: House finished with nine points (4-10 FG, 1-7 3Pt), six rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes during Saturday's 111-110 victory over the Celtics.
Impact: House scored seven points in three minutes during the middle of the fourth, but he remained quiet for most of the contest. The undrafted 26-year-old concluded February with a bad stretch in his outside shooting, going 1-of-11 in his last three games.
News: Westbrook accumulated 41 points (16-27 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 8-12 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and three steals during Saturday's 111-110 overtime victory over the Celtics.
Impact: With star teammate James Harden struggling with his shot throughout the night, Westbrook took control of the team's primary scoring duties. The 2017 MVP was able to establish his control by continually and successfully shooting in the paint, going 11-of-16 in that area of the court. Westbrook has now reached at least 30 points in six of his last seven outings, converting at a remarkable 57.2 percent rate from the field over that span.
News: Harden scored 21 points (7-24 FG, 4-17 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding eight assists, four rebounds and three steals in Saturday's 111-110 win over the Celtics.
Impact: Harden demonstrated most of his inconsistency in the fourth quarter, missing all six of his three-point shots that allowed Boston to send the match into overtime. However, the former MVP redeemed himself with both a critical steal and free throws in the last minute to give Houston the 111-110 lead and eventual win. Harden finished February averaging 31.9 points, 7.9 assists and 6.5 rebounds through 11 games.
News: Gordon (knee) will play and come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Celtics, Craig Ackerman of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
Impact: As expected, Gordon will make his return following a one-game absence due to a bruised knee. As a reserve this season, he's averaging 14.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29.6 minutes.
News: Gordon (knee) is expected to play Saturday against the Celtics, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Impact: Gordon has most recently been listed as questionable, but signs are pointing to him making his return following a one-game absence due to a bruised right knee. Since the New Year, he's averaging 17.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists across 29.6 minutes. However, it's possible he could end up on a minutes limit if he takes the court.
News: Sefolosha (illness) is off the injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: Flu-like symptoms prevented Sefolosha from playing Wednesday, but he should be good to go Saturday. Across eight February appearances, he's averaging 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 12.1 minutes.
News: Gordon (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics, Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 Houston reports.
Impact: The veteran guard didn't suit up for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies after leaving Monday's matchup with the Knicks with knee soreness. There should be a better idea of Gordon's availability after Houston's Saturday morning shootaround.
News: House managed just four points (2-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and two rebounds in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 140-112 victory over Memphis.
Impact: House barely made a noise Wednesday despite seeing 26 minutes of playing time. Not only was he unproductive on both ends of the floor, but he also had no Eric Gordon (knee) to contend with. House has been up and down this season but when the Rockets are even remotely healthy, he is unlikely to have consistent 12-team value.
News: Rivers amassed 23 points (9-12 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 140-112 victory over Memphis.
Impact: Rivers got hot off the bench, scoring a season-high 23 points. Despite scoring in double figures in his last two outings, Rivers has struggled to find a consistent role this season. He is well outside the top 200 for the season and really serves as just a points streamer, and even that is a stretch based on his unproductive season thus far.
News: Westbrook ended with 33 points (15-24 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 140-112 victory over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Westbrook returned after missing the previous game with a thumb injury, toying with the undermanned Grizzlies lineup. He got to the basket at will and was clearly a class above the Memphis backcourt. Westbrook has made minor adjustments to his game this season and the benefits are there for all to see. A reduction in three-point attempts is perhaps the most obvious change, something that many had been calling for over the past few seasons. The Rockets are going to be pushing for a high playoff seeding and as long as he is on the court (he often sits one game in back-to-back situations), Westbrook should be a top-20 player.
News: Harden finished with 30 points (9-16 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 140-112 victory over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Harden barely got out of second gear Wednesday as the Rockets cruised to victory. He has now scored at least 30 points in three straight games, shooting in excess of 50 percent in all three. The Rockets are on a five-game winning streak and the small-ball era has certainly worked well thus far. Harden is about as consistent as they come and should continue to flirt with the number one ranking the rest of the way.
News: Sefolosha won't play Wednesday against the Grizzlies due to flu-like symptoms, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Impact: Sefolosha will miss his seventh game since the New Year. With Sefolosha out, Jeff Green and DeMarre Carroll could see more time.
News: Green and the Rockets agreed to a contract Tuesday that will keep him in Houston for the remainder of the season, Jordan Schultz of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Green's 10-day deal wasn't set to expire until after Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, but Houston apparently won't waste any time keeping the veteran in the fold for the rest of 2019-20. Since joining the team over the All-Star break, Green quickly has captured a meaningful role off the bench. In his first three games with Houston, Green is averaging 9.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 three-pointers, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal in 17.7 minutes.
News: Gordon (knee) will not play Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Gordon was originally expected to play Wednesday, but his bruised right knee is giving him too much discomfort. In his absence, Ben McLemore, Danuel House and Austin Rivers could see extra action.
News: Tucker posted two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 25 minutes during Monday's 123-112 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Tucker wasn't able to connect from distance Monday, but he still made an impact with solid rebounding and good defensive stats. In February, he's averaging 6.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 threes, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal in 32.9 minutes.