Danuel House Jr.
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Rockets' F Danuel House Jr. has been ruled out of Tuesday's playoff game due to personal reasons.
It's unclear what is preventing the 27-year-old forward from suiting up but head coach Mike D'Antoni did note that it wasn't COVID-19 related. Ben McLemore should see an increase in playing time and it's surely possible for DeMarre Carroll to see some action in House Jr.'s absence.
Danuel House Jr. will not return on Friday after taking a shot to the head. He will remain out for precautionary reasons.
House exited after getting hit by fellow teammate PJ Tucker inadvertently. With the Rockets up in the 4th quarter, Austin Rivers looks to be the initial beneficiary of House being out for the game.
Danuel House Jr. produced 21 points (8-15 FG, 1-1 FT, 4-10 3PT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover across 39 minutes during the Rockets' 114-117 loss to the Thunder during Monday's Game 4.
With Russell Westbrook (quad) remaining out for Monday's contest, House was once upon asked to play a more important role for Houston. He responded with a playoff career-high 21 points and has now averaged 16.0 points throughout the series. Houston will need the 27-year-old forward to continue playing a high level in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Daniel House Jr. collected his first playoff double-double, scoring 15 points (5-10 FG, 3-6 3PT, 2-4 FT) while contributing a team-high 10 rebounds, one steal, and four turnovers in 42 minutes of play.
House set a new career playoff-high with 10 rebounds in tonight's defeat while shooting an efficient 50% from the field and three-point range. He's certainly earning his minutes, averaging 14.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists with 2.3 triples per contest in the Rockets first-round series. He is playing just over 36 mpg in the playoffs and could be a cheaper source of production in DFS.
Danuel House Jr. fell one rebound shy of a double-double in Thursday's Game 2 victory over the Thunder. He posted 19 points (6-13 FG, 4-4 FT, 3-8 3PT), nine rebounds and three assists in a team-high 38 minutes.
House Jr. was solid in this one, leading the Rockets in playing time while crashing the boards aggressively. He should continue playing a huge role for the Rockets down the stretch and is typically a solid source of three-pointers and defensive stats, although he is a candidate to slide back to the bench when Russell Westbrook (quad) returns.