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Russell Westbrook played 36 minutes and produced 10 points (4-13 FG, 0-3 3PT, 2-6 FT) and added six assists, four rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers in a 119-96 Game 5 loss to the Lakers to be eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Westbrook has been inconsistent offensively throughout the series, and unfortunately, it carried into the elimination game on Saturday night. The Lakers' defense continued to challenge Westbrook, and he could not find his rhythm. Perhaps Westbrook's shooting woes are attributed to the quad injury that forced him to miss a few games in the first round, but he didn't look like himself all series. With Houston HC Mike D'Antoni on the hot seat, the Rockets may shake up their roster ahead of next season.

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James Harden produced 30 points (12-20 FG, 2-8 3PT, 4-4 FT) and added six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and six turnovers across 42 minutes in a 119-96 loss to the LA Lakers to be eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Harden did his best to keep the Rockets playoff hopes alive, but the team fell short, getting blown out in Game 5. He didn't receive much support as Russell Westbrook was the only other Rockets player to reach double figures with 10 points. Though Harden and the Rockets were eliminated from the playoffs, Harden did his part, averaging 29.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.8 triples while shooting 47% from the field in the second-round series versus the Lakers.

Category: Game Recaps

Rockets' F Danuel House Jr. has been ruled out of Tuesday's playoff game due to personal reasons. (Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: 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.

Category: Injury Updates

Eric Gordon scored 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting with five three-pointers made. Gordon also had three rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon was able to get into a good shooting rhythm in the game 7 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets will need Gordon to continue his shooting success as the Rockets move on to play the Los Angeles Lakers in the next round. Gordon could be a good DFS option in that match up as the Lakers will have to put more defensive focus on Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

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Robert Covington scored 21 points with six made three-pointers in the Rockets' game 7 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Covington also had 10 rebounds, two assists, three steals, and three blocks.

Fantasy Impact: Covington played great on both ends of the court in game 7 to help the Rockets move on to the next round. Covington has played very well for the Rockets in the past four games, but could have a tougher time moving forward as he will match up against a much tougher Los Angeles Lakers' front court. Covington may be a player to avoid in DFS until he shows some success against the Lakers.

Category: Game Recaps

P.J. Tucker finished with 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-8 3PT), 11 rebounds and one assist across 38 minutes during the Rockets' 114-117 loss to the Thunder on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Tucker has now scored in double figures and drained at least three three's in all but one game of the series. He continues to start at the center spot for the small-ball Rockets and should continue seeing heavy minutes going forward.

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Jeff Green played a significant role off the bench for the Rockets, scoring 22 points (8-13 FG, 5-8 3PT, 1-2 FT) while grabbing seven rebounds, handing out three assists, and collecting two blocks, one steal in 38 minutes of play in a 119-107 loss in Game 3 on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact: Green's been a revelation for the Rockets off the bench and has the 'green light' to fire at will. He hit a career playoff-high five triples tonight and continues to play some of his best basketball in years. Green's fitting in well in the Rockets small-ball lineup, acting as a versatile PF/C that can stretch the floor while still attacking the rim. His play is deserving of a look in DFS, as he's averaging 19.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.7 three's per contest while shooting 60.9% through three games of the first-round series against the Thunder.

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Ben McLemore continued his sharpshooting from downtown on Tuesday, posting 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-7 3PT), one rebound and one steal across 24 minutes during the Rockets' 123-108 win over the Thunder on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: McLemore has been absolutely dialed in from downtown in the bubble, nailing 31 triples on 48 percent shooting. He may see a decrease in playing time with Eric Gordon back in the lineup, but he has definitely earned some more playing time with his recent shooting. He's not a format-proof fantasy option, however, as he fails to contribute much else outside of three-pointers. McLemore will look to stay hot in Game 2 on Thursday.

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Chris Clemons scored 13 points (3-8 FG, 3-7 3PT, 4-4 FT) to go along with three rebounds, one assist, and two steals over 15 minutes off the bench Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Clemons was recalled from the G-League shortly before the league shut down in March. While isn't likely to be a part of Houston's playoff run, he could be a sneaky value play in as the seeding round of the reboot wraps up.

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Austin Rivers exploded for 41 points (14-20 FG, 7-8 FT, 6-11 3PT), six rebounds, four assists and two steals across 33 minutes during the Rockets 129-112 victory over the Kings on Sunday night.

Fantasy Impact: Simply put, Rivers was in his bag on Sunday, torching the Kings en route to a career-high 41 points on 70 percent shooting. With Russell Westbrook (quad) once again sitting out, Rivers took full advantage of the extra playing time and actually outscored James Harden on night. It would be asinine to expect Rivers to replicate this performance going forward, but the 28-year-old guard will look to keep things rolling on Tuesday against the Spurs. It is worth noting that Mike D'Antoni stated that it was 'looking likely' that Eric Gordon (ankle) and Westbrook could return to the lineup on Tuesday, which will certainly cut away some of Rivers' playing time.

Category: Game Recaps

Bruno Caboclo is out for Sunday's contest against the Bucks due to a sprained right ankle. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Caboclo missed Saturdays game against the Mavericks, but it's not clear when he sustained the ankle injury. He only averaged 8.1 minutes a season and isn't a regular fixture in the Rockets rotation. His next chance to play will be Tuesday against the Trail Blazers.

Category: Injury Updates

Luc Mbah a Moute has cleared the coronavirus protocol and is due to arrive in Orlando today, per coach Mike D’Antoni. In speaking on his joining the team, D’Antoni said, “He’ll be a great presence in the locker room.” (Source: Mark Berman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moute had a productive year with the Rockets during the 2017-18 NBA season, where he played in 61 contests and averaged 25.6 minutes of playing time, 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game. Last year he played in four games with the Clippers before being waived. Moute could fill in at the four or five, but with the amount of depth the Rockets have in their front-court, it is unlikely that he sees meaningful minutes come playoff time. He is a natural fade in all formats at this time.

Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Houston Rockets forward Thabo Sefolosha has decided to sit out the Orlando restart. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 14-year vet will join a whole slew of other NBA players who have chosen not to play during the Orlando restart. In the 41 games in which he appeared this season, Sefolosha only put up 2.2 points while only seeing 10.6 minutes a night, so it's not the end of the world for Houston. Look for Jeff Green and DeMarre Carroll to see a slight uptick in minutes to fill the void left by Sefolosha.

The Houston Rockets have waived C Isaiah Hartenstein. His 2020-21 contract would have been guaranteed by October 17. (Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Houston Rockets really seem to hate big men. They traded Clint Capela at the trade deadline and now they are waiving Hartenstein ahead of the 2019-20 restart. The Rockets will continue to play small ball throughout the remainder of the season just as they have all year. Tyson Chandler is the only real big man on the team. Jeff Green and Robert Covington will play in the front court for the Rockets.

Category: Transactions

DeMarre Carroll (illness) is available for Thursday’s game against the Clippers. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Carroll has not appeared in the Rockets last two contests, but is expected to play Thursday. He is averaging 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks across 18 games this year. Carroll is best left on the waiver wire in all league formats.

Category: Injury Updates