Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley played 42 minutes and had 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two threes Wednesday against the Suns.
Insight: Beverley has hit exactly 4-of-10 from the field in each of his last three games. He's only averaging 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season despite playing close to 32 minutes per game. That's not enough production from one of your fantasy point guards.
Description: Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons is still dealing with back spasms and is doubtful for Monday's game against Utah.
Insight: Parsons' back was "really bothering him" during Saturday's game at San Antonio, coach Kevin McHale said, but it didn't stop him from scoring 25 points in 40-plus minutes. Parsons is averaging 17.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.7 threes this season, so it would be a tough blow for fantasy owners if he's out for any length of time.
Description: Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons is still dealing with back spasms, according to nba.com.
Insight: Parsons' back was "really bothering him" during Saturday's game at San Antonio, coach Kevin McHale said, but it didn't stop him from scoring 25 points in 40-plus minutes. Parsons is averaging 18.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.1 threes over his last 13 games.
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden will start Friday's game against Brooklyn. SOURCE: Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle
Insight: He missed the last three games with a sore foot. Even when Harden (24.2 ppg) isn't shooting the ball well, he can still be a productive fantasy player because he gets to the free throw line so often (just under nine attempts per game).
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin suffered a sprained right knee in Wednesday's game and is expected to miss up to two weeks.
Insight: Lin started his third straight game at shooting guard in place of James Harden (foot) so his absence would open the door for Francisco Garcia. Garcia was 9-of-14 for 21 points on Wednesday and could be a viable option if both Lin and Harden are in street clothes.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin suffered a right knee contusion in Wednesday's game and never came back and is listed as questionablr for Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Insight: Lin started his third straight game at shooting guard in place of James Harden (foot) so his absence would leave Francisco Garcia to play the majority of the minutes. Garcia was 9-of-14 for 21 points on Wednesday and could be a viable option if both Lin and Harden are in street clothes.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden (foot) missed Wednesday's game, his third consecutive on the sidelines.
Insight: Harden is expected to be back Friday against the Nets, but we will know more after the shootaround. He's a must start if in the lineup (24.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.8 spg, 2.1 threes per contest).
Description: After Rockets guard Jeremy Lin went down with a knee contusion Wednesday night, Aaron Brooks played 27.5 minutes and had 21 points, four assists, two steals and four treys to help Houston beat Atlanta.
Insight: James Harden has missed the last three games due to a foot injury, allowing Brooks to crack the rotation, and Lin's injury gave him even more playing time. He has scored 20-plus points in two of the last three games and made 11 threes in that span.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin suffered a right knee contusion and will not return to Wednesday's game, according to Jason Friedman of rockets.nba.com.
Insight: Lin started his third straight game at shooting guard in place of James Harden (foot). He came in averaging 32 minutes, 16.3 points, 4.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.5 threes per game despite coming off the bench in eight of 15 games.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden (foot) will miss Wednesday's game, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: This will be his third straight absence due to the sore foot that has bothered him since the start of the season, but he said the foot "feels real good." "I had some time to rest it and get a lot of treatment," Harden said. "It’s a lot better. The swelling has gone down a lot." Harden should be back Friday against the Nets.
Description: Rockets coach Kevin McHale said guard James Harden (foot) is doubtful for Wednesday's game, according to Jason Friedman of rockets.nba.com.
Insight: Harden missed the last two games with a sore foot that has bothered him since the start of the season, but he said the foot "feels real good," according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. I had some time to rest it and get a lot of treatment," Harden said. "It’s a lot better. The swelling has gone down a lot." If Harden doesn't play Wednesday he should be back Friday against the Nets.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden (foot) will be a game-time decision Wednesday night, but his foot is rapidly improving.
Insight: Harden missed the last two games with a sore foot that has bothered him since the start of the season, but he said the foot "feels real good," according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. I had some time to rest it and get a lot of treatment," Harden said. "It’s a lot better. The swelling has gone down a lot."
Description: If James Harden is out of the lineup again Monday night as expected, Aaron Brooks could be an option for fantasy owners.
Insight: Brooks shot an incredible 10-of-14 from the field including 6-of-7 from downtown Saturday night adding four rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes. We could see a repeat on Monday night in Memphis.
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden is questionable for Monday's game in Memphis, according to Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: "We just have to re-evaluate it (Monday) and see where I am," Harden said. The foot has been hurting for about three weeks and cost him two games so far. Aaron Brooks was the shooting star in Harden's absence Saturday going 10-of-14 for 26 points.
Description: Rockets center Omer Asik will eventually be traded, but for now he's back at practice. SOURCE: Mark Berman, Fox 26
Insight: Asik was moved to the bench Wednesday in favor of Terrence Jones and then taken out of the rotation entirely after requesting a trade on Thursday. He's averaging 21 minutes, 5.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks this season one year after starting all 82 games and averaging a double-double.
Description: According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, it's no longer a question of if Rockets center Omer Asik will be traded, but when.
Insight: Asik was moved to the bench Wednesday in favor of Terrence Jones and then taken out of the rotation entirely after requesting a trade on Thursday. He's averaging 21 minutes, 5.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks this season one year after starting all 82 games and averaging a double-double. The center has basically been begging the Rockets to trade him since they brought in Dwight Howard this past summer.
Description: New Rockets starting power forward Terrence Jones had 14 points, 12 rebounds, one steal, three blocks and one three Saturday against Denver.
Insight: Jones replaced Omer Asik in the starting lineup on Nov. 13 but has actually played at least 31:45 in four straight games. Asik has been removed from the rotation after requesting a trade this week, so Jones should continue to see consistent minutes next to Dwight Howard and is a must-add in all leagues. He's averaging 9.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks the last four games.
Description: Houston center Omer Asik will not play Saturday.
Insight: Asik was moved to the bench Wednesday against the Sixers in favor of Terrence Jones and then taken out of the rotation entirely after requesting a trade on Thursday. He's averaging 21 minutes, 5.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks this season one year after starting all 82 games and averaging a double-double.
Description: TNT's Rachel Nichols reports that Greg Smith's X-rays came back negative. The team believes he suffered an LCL sprain in his right knee, though he'll need an MRI to confirm that diagnosis.
Insight: It sounds like the Rockets were able to dodge a bullet. An LCL sprain is still a significant injury but with the way Smith went down in the first quarter, it could have been a lot worse. Consider him day-to-day.
Description: Omer Asik wants out of Houston. The Rockets center has requested a trade. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: We've seen this before. Asik pouted when the Rockets first signed Dwight Howard and now he's doing it again. The Rockets experimented earlier in the year by playing him alongside Howard but they seem to be getting away from that now. For what it's worth, Asik is averaging 5.0 ppg and 7.2 rpg this season.
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden sat out Wednesday's game against the Sixers and is questionable for Thursday's game against New York.
Insight: He's dealing with a foot injury. Jeremy Lin will pick up the start if Harden can't play and he was huge against Philadelphia with 34 points, five rebounds, and 12 assists. Those totals would drop significantly if Harden plays.
Description: Getting the start at shooting guard, Jeremy Lin (34 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, 9-of-15 from three-point range) turned in a monster effort Wednesday against the Sixers.
Insight: Is this Linsanity Part II? The Rockets guard has been blowing up this season. In nine games (five starts), Lin is averaging 18.1 ppg while shooting an absurd 54.2 percent from the floor. Lin, a 34 percent shooter from downtown in his career, is hitting a blistering 51.4 percent of his three-pointers this season. Get him into your fantasy lineup, ASAP.
Description: Rockets F/C Dwight Howard posted 23 points, 15 boards, six blocks, two steals and six assists in Wednesday's overtime loss in Philadelphia.
Insight: He only committed two turnovers. Howard seemed to benefit from Omer Asik coming off the bench (just four minutes of action on Wednesday). Asik had started alongside Howard in the team's previous eight contests.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden (foot) will be a game-time decision Wednesday, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Harden is dealing with a painful foot injury and hasn't looked like himself over the last few games. If he doesn't sit Wednesday at Philadelphia, he's expected to miss Thursday's game at New York.
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will be a game-time decision Wednesday due to an illness.
Insight: Beverley caught whatever is going around the Rockets locker room. Jeremy Lin played 46 minutes off the bench and scored 31 points Monday in a double-overtime win over Toronto, a game in which Beverley saw 24 minutes and shot 0-5 from the field (0-4 3PT). Lin would play a ton of minutes again if Beverley misses Wednesday's game.
Description: Rockets SG James Harden may sit out one of the team's back-to-backs this week. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Harden is dealing with a painful foot injury and hasn't looked like himself over the last few games. Houston's slate this week includes games against Philadelphia, New York and Denver. Francisco Garcia would slot in at shooting guard if Harden can't go.
Description: Houston G/F Francisco Garcia (flu) missed Monday's game and didn't practice Tuesday but he hopes to be available for Wednesday's game, according to Mark Berman of myfoxhouston.com.
Insight: A bug is going around Houston's locker room. Garcia has made 2.0 threes per game this season but he doesn't have much fantasy value otherwise. He's splitting swingman minutes with Omri Casspi behind two players who play big minutes, James Harden and Chandler Parsons.
Description: Houston G/F Francisco Garcia will be a game-time decision for Monday's game due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: A bug is going around Houston's locker room. Garcia has made 2.0 threes per game this season but he doesn't have much fantasy value otherwise. He's splitting swingman minutes with Omri Casspi behind two players who play big minutes, James Harden and Chandler Parsons.
Description: James Harden said after Saturday's loss to the Clippers that his foot injury is making it hard for him to move. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: It doesn't sound like Harden is considering sitting out, though after watching him struggle on Saturday, taking a breather for two or three games might be his best course of action. Harden's biggest fantasy asset may be his ability to get to the free throw line. If he can't do that (just three attempts on Saturday), his fantasy value could take a big hit.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden looked hobbled in Saturday's loss to L.A.
Insight: Harden tried to play through a foot injury but the result was his worst game of the season. In 38 minutes, Harden made just 4-of-15 field goals for 12 points. His three free throw attempts (he made all three) were a season-low. Harden seems likely to play Monday against the Raptors though he obviously won't be at 100 percent.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden is day-to-day with a bruised left foot.
Insight: Harden played 44 minutes and scored 35 points Thursday against the Lakers after playing 40 minutes and scoring 33 points Tuesday at Portland. He should play Saturday, but could see his minutes reduced slightly from 39 per game.
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley played Tuesday against Portland and got through the game without incident.
Insight: Beverley was expected to miss 10-14 days with the injury, but played 28 minutes Tuesday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds and one assist. Beverley is the point guard in name only as James Harden controls the Houston offense.
Description: Houston center Dwight Howard went off for a season-high 29 points Tuesday in a 116-101 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Insight: He committed six turnovers but other than that it was an excellent game for the Rockets' franchise center. D12 had 13 boards and shot 10-of-13 from the field. Even his free throw shooting was up to par (9-of-12). Houston's next game is Thursday against the Lakers.
Description: Houston guard James Harden netted 33 points Tuesday in a lopsided win over Portland.
Insight: He knocked down 11 of his 18 field goals while hitting 9-of-10 from the free throw line. For good measure, he added seven rebounds and three assists. The eight turnovers sting a little but Harden should still be a top-ten fantasy consideration going forward.
Description: Houston point guard Jeremy Lin will be back in the starting lineup for the next 10-14 days while starter Patrick Beverley is sidelined with an injury.
Insight: Lin managed 16 points and a couple of assists coming off the bench in the season opener. He should see a lot of playing time in the next few weeks and is certainly capable of matching his opening-night numbers.
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley is probable for Friday's game against Dallas while dealing with a strained rib cage.
Insight: Beverley left Wednesday's season opener after taking a shot to the ribs and did not return. He who won the starting job over Jeremy Lin, but they will still split the time so both have a limited fantasy upside.
Description: Houston G/F Francisco Garcia drained five threes and scored 19 points in 30 minutes Wednesday night.
Insight: Carlos Delfino averaged 25 minutes, 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 threes as Houston's backup swingman last season, numbers Garcia should be able to match as he assumes that role this year.
Description: Dwight Howard's Rockets debut was a good one as he dominated the Bobcats for 17 points, 26 rebounds and two blocks.
Insight: Howard isn't likely to get back to scoring 20 ppg with James Harden around, but he's another year removed from back surgery and is over the torn shoulder that plagued him last season, so he should increase his rebounding average from the 12.4 per game he averaged last season. He was over 14.0 per game the two years before that.
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley left Wednesday's season opener after taking a shot to the ribs and is questionable to return. He'll be checked at the half, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Beverley, who won the starting job over Jeremy Lin, had five points with one rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 10 minutes before leaving.
Description: Jeremy Lin won't start the Rockets' opener Wednesday against the Bobcats. SOURCE: Patrick Harrel, SB Nation
Insight: Instead, Patrick Beverley will get the nod at point guard with Lin coming off the bench. The Rockets paid good money for Lin last offseason ($25 million over three years) so it's a bit of a surprise to see him being wasted on the bench. Until the Rockets figure out a role for him, it's unclear what his fantasy value will be.
Description: Rockets center Omer Asik will start the season opener Wednesday against the Bobcats, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Rockets coach Kevin McHale is going with Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Dwight Howard and Asik as his starting five to begin the season. While McHale is expected to shake up his lineups over the first two months, at least we know he'll try out playing Howard and Asik together instead of using Asik only as a backup center.
Description: Patrick Beverley will start at point guard in the Rockets' season opener against the Bobcats, according to SBNation's Houston Rockets blog thedreamshake.com.
Insight: Jeremy Lin will come off the bench after starting all 82 regular season games last season. Beverley started five of Houston's six postseason games and averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 threes. It's worth noting that coach Kevin McHale said he'll be trying out different lineups over the first two months of the season.
Description: According to the Houston Chronicle, Rockets coach Kevin McHale refused Monday to announce his starting point guard for the season opener.
Insight: Jeremy Lin is competing with Patrick Beverly. Lin started all 82 games in his first season in Houston and averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.1 threes per game. However, Beverly started five of Houston's six playoff games and averaged 11.8 points, 2.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.3 threes.
Description: Rockets big man Marcus Camby is expected to be out at least two weeks with a torn plantar fascia. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Camby is hoping to avoid surgery. For a frame of reference, a similar injury caused Angels slugger Albert Pujols to miss the final two months of the 2013 MLB season. Camby is a distant third on Houston's center depth chart behind starter Dwight Howard and backup Omer Asik.
Description: Rockets center Omer Asik suffered a strained calf at practice on Sunday. SOURCE: Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle
Insight: It's something he should be over by the time the regular season starts up at the end of next month. Asik won't carry nearly as much fantasy importance this year with Dwight Howard occupying the low post in Houston.
Description: According to GM Daryl Morey, the Rockets are going to try Dwight Howard out at power forward during training camp. SOURCE: Daryl Morey's Reddit account
Insight: The hope is that moving Howard to the four would allow Omer Asik to see more minutes at center. This isn't likely to work in the long run so fantasy owners should still expect Howard to see most of the playing time at center with Asik coming off the bench.
Description: Hakeem Olajuwon is joining the Rockets' coaching staff, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Though we're not sure in what capacity. Obviously, Olajuwon is a legend and any knowledge he can pass on to Dwight Howard would be a huge help. Defensively, Howard is already one of the game's best but his offense needs a lot of work.
Description: ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Rockets have re-signed swingman Francisco Garcia.
Insight: He'll earn $2.6 million over the next two seasons. Garcia's regular season numbers were pretty pedestrian last year (5.5 ppg on 39.3 percent shooting) but he came up big in the playoffs after Carlos Delfino went down with a broken foot (10.7 ppg, 45.9 percent from three-point range). Despite his postseason heroics, we're not expecting the 32-year-old to blow anyone away in fantasy next season.
Description: Houston center Omer Asik was no fan of the Dwight Howard signing. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: When Asik joined the Rockets last summer on a three-year contract, he was under the impression he'd be the starter for all three seasons. Obviously, that won't happen now that Dwight is in the fold. He's asked for a trade and it looks like the Rockets will probably accomodate him. Chicago, Dallas and L.A. are all possible destinations for the disgruntled 27-year-old. Stay tuned.
Description: Dwight Howard's new deal with Houston is worth $87.6 million over the next four seasons. SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: Howard tweeted his decision on Friday night. D12 never belonged in L.A. and he should have a chance to really grow with former Celtics big man Kevin McHale running the show in H-Town. Hakeem Olajuwon, who has mentored LeBron James and other players in the past, might also be able to provide Dwight with some low-post wisdom while he's there. Of the five teams that were pursuing Howard, Houston was clearly the best fit for him.
Description: Houston has won the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.
Insight: The Rockets had the salary room to meet Howard's demands and a lineup which can go deep into the playoffs. Howard is a career 18.3 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 2.2 bpg fantasy stud. he'll team up with James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons. The Rockets may not be done, they are also interested in free agent PF Josh Smith.
Description: An unknown team has offered the Houston Rockets a first-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in exchange for forward Thomas Robinson, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Insight: Robinson, the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, is due roughly $3.5 million next season, and by moving him the Rockets can clear enough to offer a max contract to Dwight Howard. Robinson could already be headed to his third NBA team; he was drafted by the Kings and traded to the Rockets during the season. Overall, he averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in just 15 minutes per game.
Description: It doesn't look like Aaron Brooks will be on the Rockets next season. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Houston isn't going to pick up Brooks' option for 2013-14. By waiving Brooks before June 30th, the team will save $2.5 million. That money will probably go toward signing a top-tier free agent like Dwight Howard or Chris Paul.
Description: The Rockets won't be exercising Francisco Garcia's team option for next season. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: The Rockets are trying to clear as much cap room as possible in order to land either Dwight Howard or Chris Paul in free agency. Garcia averaged 5.5 ppg in 58 games for the Rockets and Kings in 2012-13.
Description: ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne have suggested that the Rockets could deal Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to Los Angeles as part of a sign and trade deal for Dwight Howard.
Insight: The Howard to Houston speculation has really heated up in recent weeks and many think the Rockets are the favorites to land the All-Star big man. Getting rid of Lin would allow the Rockets to pursue a point guard in free agency. The guy from those State Farm commercials might be a good fit.
Description: Houston forward Carlos Delfino (foot) left Oklahoma City in a walking boot with a sore left foot Wednesday night. Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Thursday that Delfino is dealing with bone spurs and was scheduled to undergo X-rays. SOURCE: Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Delfino has been dealing with a sore foot for a few weeks. He had to sit out the entire second half of Game 5 and has to be considered a game-time decision for Game 6. Francisco Garcia is averaging 15 points and 36 minutes over his last three games.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden has strep throat, but he'll be available Friday for Game 6 against the Thunder. SOURCE: Royce Young, CBSSports.com
Insight: Harden made seven threes and scored 31 points Wednesday despite dealing with what initially was believed to be flu-like symptoms. He's averaging 26.4 ppg in the Rockets' first-round series against Oklahoma City.
Description: Rockets center Omer Asik generated his highest point total of the series Wednesday in Game 5 (21 points on 4-of-6 shooting).
Insight: Oklahoma City's use of the Hack-a-Shaq method backfired. Normally just a 56 percent free throw shooter, Asik converted on 13 of his 18 attempts in Game 5 for a 72 percent success rate. He also did a nice job controlling the glass with a team-high 11 rebounds. If Asik can stay out of foul trouble, he should have another strong outing in Game 6.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden was spectacular Wednesday in a Game 5 win over OKC.
Insight: Houston's bearded superstar shrugged off flu-like symptoms to lead the Rockets in scoring (31 points on 10-of-16 shooting). Harden was incredibly turnover-prone in Game 4 (10 turnovers) but in Game 5 he took much better care of the basketball (three turnovers in 42 minutes). Harden (7-of-9 from three-point range on Wednesday) and the Rockets will have a chance to tie the series at three games a piece Friday night in Houston.
Description: Houston guard James Harden will play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Thunder despite missing shootaround because of flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Harden had a terrible game on Monday (10 turnovers) and he really hasn't played well all series (just 28-for-77 from the field). If the Rockets hope to advance, he'll need to turn things around in a hurry.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden didn't participate in the Wednesday morning shootaround (illness), but is expected to play in the must-win Game 5.
Insight: Without Harden (25.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.3 spg in the playoffs) the Rockets can get ready for a May filled with tee times. Even with him they face an uphill battle to stay in the series with the Thunder.
Description: Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (chest) missed Game 4 against the Thunder on Monday night and is questionable for Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Wednesday.
Insight: Lin, who averaged 13.4 ppg during the regular season is averaging just 4.3 ppg in the playoffs. Patrick Beverly (5.6 ppg in the regular season) has been playing the Lin role and doing a solid imitation averaging 12.3 ppg in the series.
Description: Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (chest) will miss Game 4 against the Thunder on Monday night. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
Insight: Lin suffered a chest injury in Game 2 and missed the second half of that game before being limited to just 18 minutes in Game 3. James Harden will be asked to do it all Monday, with Patrick Beverly and Francisco Garcia also figuring into the backcourt mix.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin's chest X-rays came back negative, but he is questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Oklahoma City.
Insight: Lin only played 20 minutes during Game 2 of Houston's playoff series against the Thunder. He thinks he'll play Saturday in Game 3, but it's a game-time decision. He's only totaled 5.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3.5 apg in the first two games of the series.
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley played a much larger role than anticipated Wednesday night in OKC.
Insight: With Jeremy Lin struggling with a chest injury, Beverley played essentially the entire second half for Houston. In 41 minutes of court time, he ended up with 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to go along with two steals and one block. Beverley would probably be expected to log similar minutes if Lin is still hurt for Game 3, which is scheduled for Saturday night in Houston.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden had another off shooting night but he still managed to produce a game-high 36 points Wednesday in a three-point loss to Oklahoma City.
Insight: Harden went just 9-of-24 from the field but he was active on the boards (11 rebounds) and as usual, he made his living from the free throw line (17-for-20). He's averaging 28 ppg for the series.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin left the game with a bruised chest and it's unknown if he'll be able to return to action Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. SOURCE: Jason Friedman, Rockets.com
Insight: Patrick Beverley, who moved into the starting lineup for Game 2, will handle the point guard duties with Lin on the sidelines. Lin had seven points on 3-of-7 shooting before the injury occurred.
Description: In a surprise move, Rockets coach Kevin McHale opted to start Patrick Beverley instead of Greg Smith Wednesday night against the Thunder.
Insight: They're going guard-heavy and the hope is that Houston will be able to beat Oklahoma City down the floor on most possessions. The 6-foot-1 Beverley posted 11 points Sunday in the series opener.
Description: Houston guard James Harden had a brutal shooting night Wednesday in Los Angeles (8-for-25 from the field), but he still managed to lead his team in scoring with 30 points.
Insight: Harden (25.9 ppg, 5.8 apg, 4.9 rpg) also took a scary fall during the overtime period but he never came out of the game. Harden shot nearly 45 percent from the field in the first half but he hasn't been nearly as on target since the All-Star break (41.4 field goal percentage).
Description: Houston small forward Chandler Parsons did everything he could to fend off the Lakers Wednesday night at Staples Center. His line-drive three-pointer at the buzzer sent the game into overtime.
Insight: Overall he finished with 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting. With James Harden struggling with his shot recently, Parsons will need to have a big series if the Rockets are to have any hope of upsetting the top-seeded Thunder in the first round.
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones had nine points, three rebounds, three steals and five blocks in 20 minutes Sunday against the Kings.
Insight: Jones spent most of the season in the D-League after being selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, but he is averaging 10.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.8 blocks in the five games since April 3 in which he has played at least 20 minutes.
Description: Jason Friedman from Rockets.com is reporting that Chandler Parsons will miss Tuesday's game versus Phoenix. Parsons has already missed the last two games because of a strained calf.
Insight: With Carlos Delfino also likely to be sidelined or at least not at full strength, Francisco Garcia should see close to 30 minures of court time. Garcia is averaging 11.5 ppg over the last two games.
Description: Jason Friedman from Rockets.com is reporting that Chandler Parsons is questionable for Tuesday's game versus Phoenix. Parsons has sat out the last two games because of a strained calf.
Insight: He missed practice on Monday, which isn't an encouraging sign. Parsons has actually struggled against the Suns this season (12.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 37 percent from the field) so fantasy owners might consider leaving him on the bench even if he's active.
Description: Houston swingman Carlos Delfino will be a game-time decision due to an illness.
Insight: Delfino missed Friday's game as well. Francisco Garcia will make another start with Chandler Parsons sidelined, and the Rockets will mix-and-match to replace Delfino off the bench if he can't play.
Description: Houston swingman Carlos Delfino won't be on the floor Friday against Portland.
Insight: Delfino was considered questionable heading into this game because of a foot injury. Turns out it's an illness that's keeping him sidelined. Francisco Garcia will have to play a bigger role in Delfino's absence.
Description: Rockets guard/forward Carlos Delfino (sore foot) was a late scratch Wednesday night but he practiced Thursday.
Insight: Delfino was expected to play after participating in shootaround Wednesday morning but he was scratched before game time. The 3-point specialist is questionable for Friday's game against Portland.
Description: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons played well in his return from an illness Wednesday against the Kings.
Insight: Parsons posted 29 points in 40 minutes of action. He was 12-of-18 from the field including a terrific 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. After an up and down rookie year, Parsons has emerged as a legitimate fantasy option in his second season, averaging 15.3 ppg in 73 starts in 2012-13.
Description: Rockets guard/forward Carlos Delfino (sore foot) missed practice Tuesday for precautionary reasons but participated in shootaround and is expected to play Wednesday against the Kings, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Delfino has accumulated 66.2 percent of his points this season from behind the arc. He has made 2.3 threes per game.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden (foot) returned to practice Tuesday after missing two straight games and is probable for Wednesday's game against Sacramento after he said the foot "felt good."
Insight: Harden has been one of the best all-around players this season, averaging 26.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.9 spg and 2.3 threes per contest. If he's on the floor, he must be started.
Description: Houston center Omer Asik went berserk Monday in a win over the Magic (22 points, 18 rebounds).
Insight: Putting up huge rebounding numbers is nothing new for Asik but it's rare to see him score this many points. Unfortunately, that trend probably won't continue once James Harden (foot) returns to the lineup.
Description: Houston small forward Chandler Parsons won't play Monday against the Magic. He's out with food poisoning.
Insight: Parsons should be okay to play Wednesday in Sacramento. He's averaging career-highs in just about every offensive category this season (15.1 ppg, 47.7 field goal percentage, 38.1 percent from three-point range, 72 percent on free throws).
Description: Houston guard James Harden is doutbful for Monday's game against Orlando with a sore right foot. He missed the morning shootaround.
Insight: Harden is dealing with a nagging foot injury and didn't play on Saturday. He's been playing through it for the most part but this would be a second consecutive game on the sidelines. He's been a top-five fantasy player all season and this would be a huge blow to his owners.
Description: Houston guard James Harden is taking the night off Saturday against Los Angeles.
Insight: Harden is dealing with a nagging foot injury. He's been playing through it for the most part so we're considering Saturday just a maintenance day for the franchise guard. Carlos Delfino (10.6 ppg) will probably get the start in Harden's place.
Description: After a three-game run of fantasy usefulness from Feb. 23 to March 1, Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas is averaging just 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 20 minutes over his last 11 games.
Insight: Motiejunas has started 13 games at power forward but shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters. Thomas Robinson has two double-digit scoring games over the last three but sandwiched between those two is a zero-point, 11-minute effort. And Greg Smith had 18 points and 19 rebounds Wednesday night, but he's averaging 6.0 ppg and 6.1 rpg in 16.5 mpg this month. It doesn't look like fantasy owners can trust any Rockets power forward.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden has gone ice cold the last five games with 28 field goals on 79 attempts (.354). He's still averaging 24.2 ppg due to his free-throw shooting (52-of-59, .881).
Insight: Harden will have shooting slumps like this once a month before getting back to his usual top-notch production. Fortunately, when his shot isn't falling he can still count on free throws to get his points. You should never even consider removing him from the lineup.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden knocked in the game-winning shot Sunday against San Antonio.
Insight: Harden finished with 29 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. As usual, he drew a ton of fouls (15-for-17 from the free throw line). Harden can be a bit turnover-prone from time to time but Sunday he only turned the ball over once in 40 minutes. He's now scored at least 20 points in each of his last five games, averaging 27.2 ppg over that span.
Description: Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin continued his recent scoring surge by knocking in 24 points Wednesday in a win over the Jazz.
Insight: Could this be the beginning of Linsanity Part II? The 24-year-old is averaging a remarkable 23 ppg over his last three contests. He'll have a chance to extend the hot streak Friday night against Cleveland.
Description: Houston guard James Harden finished with 29 points Wednesday in a win over Utah.
Insight: Like always, Harden made his living at the free throw line, knocking down his first 17 before missing his final attempt of the night. He's shooting 85.9 percent from that distance this season.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden had 37 points on just 16 field-goal attempts Friday against Minnesota. He made 8-of-16 from the field, 5-of-10 from 3-point range and 16-of-18 from the foul line and added eight assists and seven rebounds.
Insight: Harden is playing through foot soreness but it doesn't look like it's really going to hinder him at all.
Description: Rockets forward Thomas Robinson had 12 points, seven rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes of play off the bench Wednesday against Phoenix.
Insight: Robinson hasn't received the minutes boost that we expected after being traded to Houston. Donatas Motiejunas has moved into the starting lineup instead while Robinson gets inconsistent playing time on the bench.
Description: Rockets forward Thomas Robinson has not received the minutes boost we expected since joining Houston. He's only playing 14 mpg in six games, down from 16 with Sacramento.
Insight: We expected Robinson to take over the starting PF spot after Patrick Patterson was traded for him. However, Donatas Motiejunas has taken over that role. The Rockets likely still have plans to get Robinson involved in the rotation but until that happens he's useless to fantasy owners.
Description: Rockets guard/forward Carlos Delfino had 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting with five threes in 28.5 minutes off the bench Saturday against Phoenix.
Insight: Delfino ranks fifth in the NBA with 2.5 3-pointers per game and he has averaged 3.2 threes and 30 minutes in nine games since Marcus Morris and Patrick Patterson were traded. Delfino has been the biggest beneficiary of those trades so far.
Description: Rockets forward Thomas Robinson made 3-of-4 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line in 18 minutes of play for 10 points Sunday against the Mavericks. He added eight rebounds and three steals.
Insight: Robinson only played 10.5 ppg and attempted two field goals in his first two games with the Rockets but he received more minutes Sunday with the team up big on Dallas. We eventually expect Robinson to replace Donatas Motiejunas in the starting lineup, but until that happens he won't put up many fantasy worthy lines.
Description: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons was nearly perfect Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks. He made 12-of-13 from the field, including 6-of-7 from 3-point range, and 2-of-2 from the foul line for 32 points.
Insight: Parsons could have had even more but a huge lead allowed Houston to rest its stars in the fourth quarter. The Rockets forward has scored more than 20 points in four straight games while making 39-of-60 (.650) from the field during the streak.
Description: Rockets guard/forward Carlos Delfino was one of three Houston players along with James Harden and Chandler Parsons to score 20-plus points Friday against the Magic.
Insight: Delfino made five threes as part of a 21-point game. He has been one of the top 3-point shooters in the NBA this season with 124 makes in 49 games. Delfino has seen a boost in minutes since Houston's deadline deals sent several rotation players out of town.
Description: Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas had his third straight double-digit scoring game with a career-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting (2-5 3PT).
Insight: Motiejunas has stepped into the starting five following the trades of Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris while the team eases new acquisition Thomas Robinson into action. He's averaging 13.7 ppg over the last three games.
Description: Donatas Motiejunas will start at power forward again for the Houston Rockets on Friday.
Insight: Motiejunas has stepped into the starting five following the trades of Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris. He's averaging 12 points and 6.5 rebounds over the last two games. He could be a nice short-term add while the team gets new acquisition Thomas Robinson up to speed.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin (ankle) will be a game-time decision Friday against the Magic, but is expected to play after making through the morning shootaround.
Insight: Lin has been dealing with ankle issues on and off all season which may explain his disappointing numbers. James Harden is also a game-time call but it sounds like both players will be able to go.
Description: Houston guard James Harden (knee) didn't practice Thursday, but made it through the Friday morning shootaround and is expected to play against Orlando Friday night.
Insight: Harden banged knees with Monta Ellis during Wednesday's game but still played 38 minutes. He's been a fantasy stud from the moment he put on the Rockets uniform (26.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.9 spg, 2.1 threes).
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin (ankle) will be a game-time decision Friday against the Magic, but he says he'll be fine. SOURCE: Jason Friedman, Rockets.com
Insight: Lin has been dealing with ankle issues on and off all season. James Harden is also a game-time call but it sounds like both players will be able to go. If they don't Francisco Garcia and Carlos Delfino will play shooting guard and Patrick Beverley would step in at point guard.
Description: Forward Thomas Robinson only played eight minutes and scored two points in his Rockets debut Wednesday night. He has been working daily with coach Kevin McHale and assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff on low-post drills, accoridng to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: McHale is a Hall of Fame big man so Robinson is in good hands. Donatas Montiejunas has started and played 24.5 minutes over the last two games but Robinson is a more highly regarded prospect and should eventually take over starting duties. Fantasy owners should exercise patience if they can.
Description: Swingman Francisco Garcia will make his Rockets debut Wednesday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Garcia came over in the Thomas Robinson trade last Wednesday. He's been brutal this month, averaging just 3.1 ppg on 26.7 percent shooting. The move to Houston, where he'll be behind James Harden on the depth chart, won't do anything to help his fantasy value.
Description: Thomas Robinson will make his Rockets debut on Wednesday, coach Kevin McHale said. SOURCE: David Barron, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Houston sent power forwards Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris packing, leaving Robinson as the best option to fill the void. He's worth a look in fantasy leagues, as 25 mpg is a possibility immediately, even with Donatas Montiejunas named as the starter for Wednesday.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin shook off a hand injury to score 29 points Wednesday in a win over Oklahoma City.
Insight: An excellent start to the second half for the artist formerly known as "Linsanity." The talented 24-year-old will look to keep the momentum going Friday night when the Rockets travel to Brooklyn.
Description: Guard Francisco Garcia will be heading to Houston along with Thomas Robinson and Tyler Honeycutt for Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich.
Insight: Garcia has been lost in Sacramento's sea of guards this season and is only averaging 17 mpg. However, there won't be many minutes available at shooting guard or small forward with James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino occupying those roles.
Description: Rockets forward Marcus Morris won't be available for Wednesday night's game against the Thunder according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: No reason has been given for the absence, which has led some to speculate that Morris (8.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg) could be involved in a trade. We'll let you know when we hear more about Morris' sudden disappearance.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden (ankle) played in the All-Star game Sunday night on his home court in Houston, so he should certainly be expected to play in Wednesday's game against Oklahoma City.
Insight: Harden sprained his ankle and missed the Rockets' final game before the All-Star break, but after playing in the midseason classic he said his ankle was "real good." He's been one of this season's biggest stories averaging 26.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.9 spg, 2.0 threes.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden (ankle) played in the All-Star game Sunday night on his home court in Houston, so he should certainly be expected to play in Wednesday's game against Oklahoma City.
Insight: Harden sprained his ankle and missed the Rockets' final game before the All-Star break. He's been one of this season's biggest stories averaging 26.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.9 spg, 2.0 threes.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden (ankle) played in the All-Star game Sunday night on his home court in Houston, so he should certainly be expected to play in Wednesday's game against Oklahoma City despite a questionable tag.
Insight: Harden sprained his ankle and missed the Rockets' final game before the All-Star break. He's been one of this season's biggest stories averaging 26.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.9 spg, 2.0 threes.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden is uncertain for Sunday's All-Star game with a sprained ankle. SOURCE: Mark Berman, KRIV
Insight: Harden said the swelling has reduced and he can walk with no issues but doesn't know if he'll play Sunday. One thing that might compel him to suit up is that the game is being played in front of the home fans in Houston, but he says that he doesn't want to jeopardize playing for the Rockets after the All-Star break. Harden is also captaining a 3-player team in the Shooting Stars event on Saturday, but we can't see him playing in that with an ankle injury.
Description: The X-rays on Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin's sore right hand came back negative. SOURCE: Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Lin is averaging 15.2 points, 6.9 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.4 threes with .479/.469/.816 shooting percentages over his last 11 games. We'll revisit this situation after the All-Star break if Lin's hand is still sore.
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden felt good in warmups and will be in the starting lineup Wednesday night against the Clippers. Harden injured his ankle Tuesday night against Golden State.
Insight: This is a complete 180 from what we were hearing earlier in the day. Expect The Beard to post his usual numbers (26.1 ppg, 5.7 apg) tonight in L.A.
Description: Houston Rockets star shooting guard James Harden is expected to miss Wednesday's game against the LA Clippers after suffering an ankle injury late in Tuesday's game. He was already questionable heading into the game with a sore knee.
Insight: Harden is putting up huge numbers in his first season as the focal point of the Houston offense - 26.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.9 spg, 2.0 three per contest. If he can't go, the Rockets would likely give Carlos Delfino the start, though he couldn't possibly fill Harden's shoes.
Description: Rockets star shooting guard James Harden is questionable for Tuesday's game against Golden State with a sore left knee. He missed Monday's practice.
Insight: Harden is putting up huge numbers in his first season as the focal point of the Houston offense - 26.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.8 spg, 2.0 three per contest. If he can't go, the Rockets would likely give Carlos Delfino the start, though he couldn't possibly fill Harden's shoes.
Description: Rockets guard Toney Douglas is questionable for Tuesday's game Golden State with a hip pointer.
Insight: Jeremy Lin (12.5 ppg, 6.1 apg) didn't see extra minutes with Douglas sidelined on Sunday, they went to Patrick Beverley who posted a very impressive six points, five rebounds and eight assists in 19 minutes.
Description: Rockets forward Royce White has passed his physical and will report to the team's D-League affiliate on Monday. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: White is one step closer to making his NBA debut. He has spent the entire season embroiled in a dispute with the Rockets over the handling of his mental illness but came to an agreement with the team late last month.
Description: Rockets power forward Patrick Patterson scored 15 points with three rebounds in 35 minutes Wednesday versus Miami.
Insight: Patterson is producing an average of 14 points and 5.6 rebounds in 28 minutes over his last seven games. Meanwhile, Marcus Morris has played more than 20 minutes just once in his last eight contests. Morris' presence limits the value of both players but it appears that Patterson at least has moved ahead of Morris in the PF timeshare.
Description: Houston guard James Harden poured in a game-high 36 points Wednesday against the Heat. He also collected a season-best 12 rebounds in 40 minutes of action.
Insight: Harden (25.8 ppg, fifth in the NBA) continues to draw fouls like nobody's business (12-of-13 from the line Wednesday) while drilling tons of three-pointers (8-of-13 from long range in his last two games). Wednesday was Harden's third double-digit rebounding game of the season.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin's rolled ankle didn't hold him back at all Tuesday against Golden State. Lin scored 28 points with nine assists, one steal and five triples.
Insight: Lin still struggles with inconsistency but he has been much better since mid-December. Prior to Tuesday, Lin was averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 assists and 2.2 steals in his last 26 games. He produced just 10.8 points in his first 23 games.
Description: Houston Rockets guard/forward Carlos Delfino left Saturday's game against Charlotte because of a strained elbow and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Golden State.
Insight: Delfino (10.5 ppg) is a borderline fantasy player who provides scoring, but little else. But his absence from the lineup would make starter Chandler Parsons (14.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.6 apg) an even better value.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin is questionable for Tuesday's game against Golden State after turning an ankle in Monday's practice.
Insight: Lin posted 12.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 5.5 apg in 17 January games. We don't hear the term "Linsanity" much anymore as the Houston guard is just another face in the crowd, overshadowed by James Harden's monster season.
Description: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons knocked down 8-of-13 from the field (3-7 3PT) for 21 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block Wednesday at Denver.
Insight: Parsons had a bout of inconsistency earlier this month but he's averaging 14.8 points on 52.2 percent shooting with 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.7 threes over his last 12 games.
Description: Rookie forward Royce White has officially been reinstated by the Rockets. He'll join Rio Grande of the NBA Development League on February 11th.
Insight: White was suspended earlier this month after refusing his assignment to the D-League and ranting on Twitter about the Rockets' perceived mishandling of his mental illness. We're not sure what to expect from White or if we'll even see him in the NBA this season but this is at least a step in the right direction.
Description: Houston guard James Harden had a better shooting night Wednesday against the Nuggets, going 8-of-17 from the field (2-6 3PT, 5-5 FT) for 23 points with seven assists, three rebounds and one steal but he also turned the ball over seven times.
Insight: Harden came in having made a pitiful 28-of-100 from the field (4-of-27 3PT) over his last five games but still averaged 21.4 ppg in that span because he made 45-of-54 from the foul line. While we'd like to see fewer turnovers from Harden (3.9 per game), he more than makes up for it in other areas.
Description: According to the Houston Chronicle, forward Royce White is close to returning to the Rockets. White was suspended earlier in the month for refusing to report to the team's D-League affiliate in Rio Grande.
Insight: White is expected to start in the D-League so he won't have fantasy relevance right away.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin has gone ice cold. He's shot just 4-for-17 from the field (23.5 percent) over his last two games.
Insight: Kevin McHale raised a few eyebrows by benching Lin for the start of the second half Saturday against Minnesota. Monday Lin played even worse, contributing only four points in 24 minutes of action. Backup Patrick Beverley (6.0 ppg) could begin to see more minutes if Lin's struggles continue.
Description: Houston guard James Harden's shooting slump continued on Monday (5-for-20 from the field) but he was still able to score 29 points because of his success from the free throw line (19-of-21).
Insight: Harden is an embarrassing 0-for-12 from the three-point line in his last two games. Shooting woes aside, Harden still managed to reward fantasy owners with a team-high seven rebounds and seven assists on Monday.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had another tough outing Saturday against the Timberwolves. He finished with 18 points but was only 5-of-18 from the field including a pitiful 0-for-7 from three-point distance.
Insight: He's shot just 37.5 percent (51-for-136) during Houston's seven-game losing streak. Harden will snap out of this slump sooner or later so fantasy owners don't need to panic.
Description: Houston swingman Carlos Delfino scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and three treys Friday against Indiana.
Insight: Delfino has made 2.4 threes per game over his last 25 games. He's also averaging 10.1 points, 2.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, numbers that make him a worthwhile add in fantasy leagues.
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden only shot 5-of-23 (1-8 3PT) for 20 points with eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals Wednesday against Dallas.
Insight: Harden has only made 13-of-43 (.302) over the last two games. He was due for a cold streak after averaging a ridiculous 29 points on 49.6 percent shooting his previous 20 games. Fortunately the Rockets guard always finds a way to contribute in the other categories while still getting his share of points even when his shot is off.
Description: Rockets power forward Marcus Morris scored just four points on 2-of-6 shooting in 21 minutes Saturday against the 76ers.
Insight: Morris is only averaging 5.9 ppg in 21 mpg this month, due in large part to Patrick Patterson, who has returned from an injury to average 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21 minutes per game in January. Both players are going to struggle to have fantasy value, especially when Carlos Delfino is taking up so many minutes off the bench as the three to Chandler Parsons' four.
Description: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons scored 23 points with nine rebounds, four assists and six turnovers Saturday against the 76ers. Parsons' scoring output could have been even better, but he only made 1-of-7 from 3-point range.
Insight: Parsons has attempted at least 10 shots in each of his last four games and is averaging 17.3 points in that span. He only scored 26 points combined in his previous four games.
Description: Houston shooting guard James Harden saw his streak of 25-point games come to an end Friday night in Boston.
Insight: Harden finished one point shy of recording his 15th game in a row of 25 or more points. Ironically, the last time Harden scored fewer than 25 was also against the Celtics back on December 14th.
Description: Houston forward Chandler Parsons showed no ill effects of his flu Tuesday when he scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two threes against the Lakers.
Insight: Parsons has been slumping lately -- 10.9 ppg on 43.7 percent shooting his last 11 games prior to Tuesday. Hopefully he can return to his early-season form.
Description: Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin scored 19 points with six rebounds, five assists, four steals and two threes but also turned the ball over seven times Tuesday against Los Angeles.
Insight: When it comes to Lin, you just have to take the good with the bad. That includes his bouts of inconsistency shooting the ball and far too many turnovers (3.1 per game). The point guard has picked it up in his last 16 games, averaging 15.2 points, 6.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.1 threes per game in that span.
Description: Houston swingman Carlos Delfino has made 19 triples over his last five games, including 5-of-7 Tuesday against the Lakers.
Insight: Most of Delfino's shot attempts come from 3-point range and he doesn't get to the line much so his value is closely tied to his ability to drain the 3-ball. Right now, he's doing that very well.
Description: With 31 points on Tuesday versus the Lakers, Rockets guard James Harden tied a franchise record with his 13th consecutive game with 25 or more points.
Insight: Harden added nine assists, six rebounds and one triple with 8-of-8 from the foul line on Tuesday. The shooting guard has been unstoppable in his last 17 games, scoring 25-plus in 16 of them and averaging 29.5 points on 49.8 shooting, 5.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.1 threes over in that stretch.
Description: Houston forward Chandler Parsons (flu) will be active Tuesday after participating in shootaround. SOURCE: Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Parsons has been playing at a high level, averaging 14.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg, well above expectations, but he has slumped lately -- 10.9 ppg on 43.7 percent shooting his last 11 games.
Description: Houston forward Chandler Parsons is questionable for Tuesday's game against the LA Lakers. He's been dealing with the flu bug that seems to be everywhere.
Insight: Parsons has been playing at a high level, averaging 14.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg, well above expectations. Jeremy Lin and James Harden are getting all the press, but don't overlook Parsons if you need SF help. Carlos Delfino would see most of the playing time if Parsons can't go.
Description: Houston swingman Carlos Delfino has scored 22 points in two of his three games since returning from a two-game absence, but he only had two points in the other game.
Insight: Delfino made six threes on both Dec. 31 and Jan. 4 but missed all four of his 3-point attempts on Jan. 2. The 3-point attempts are certainly there -- Delfino is averaging 6.1 in 25 minutes this season -- but he has to make more of them to offset below average production in other areas.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden has scored 25 or more points in 11 straight games, tied for the third-longest streak in franchise history. Harden is only two away from the Rockets record, set by Moses Malone in 1981-82, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Insight: Harden has actually posted 25 or more points in 14 of the last 15 games, with a 21-pointer on Dec. 14 breaking the string. The guard is averaging 29.5 points on 49.8 percent shooting with 5.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 2.1 threes, 2.8 turnovers and an .876 free-throw percentage on an incredible 11.3 attempts per game during that stretch.
Description: Rockets power forward Patrick Patterson hasn't regained his starting job yet but a change could be on the horizon. Patterson scored 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting on Friday against the Bucks while starter Marcus Morris had zero on 0-of-7 shooting in 25 minutes.
Insight: Patterson missed seven games in December due to a foot injury and has been coming off the bench in four games since returning to action. Morris was a solid replacement in Patterson's absence but Patterson has made 13-of-15 from the field over his last two games compared to Morris' 2-of-14.
Description: Marcus Morris played well when Rockets forward Patrick Patterson was out of the starting lineup and scored 39 points in Patterson's first two games back, but the two split the power forward minutes on Wednesday against the Hornets.
Insight: Patterson's minutes have increased in each game since returning from a sore foot. He hasn't yet regained his starting role but played 23 minutes to Morris' 21 on Wednesday and scored 15 points with 10 rebounds. Look for the two to flip roles soon, with Patterson becoming the more valuable fantasy property but ultimately being limited by Morris' presence.
Description: Rockets forward Marcus Morris scored a season-high 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting with four threes, six rebounds and one steal Saturday against the Thunder.
Insight: Morris has been superb in eight games since joining the starting lineup in place of the injured Patrick Patterson. In that span, he's averaging 13.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 threes per game.
Description: Rockets forward Royce White has been assigned to the D-League.
Insight: White had been on a sabbatical to deal with some of his personal issues including OCD, anxiety disorder and a fear of flying but now it appears he's finally ready to rejoin the team. Obviously, he won't have any fantasy value until he's back up with the big team but this at least looks like a step in the right direction for the talented but very high maintenance power forward.
Description: Rockets forward Patrick Patterson is active for Saturday's game against the Thunder. Patterson had missed Houston's previous seven games because of a bruised right hip.
Insight: Coach Kevin McHale is going to be cautious with his big man so don't expect Patterson to see a ton of minutes tonight against OKC. He had been averaging a career-best 13.2 ppg before the injury.
Description: Houston forward Chandler Parsons scored 24 points with eight rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block Friday against the Spurs. Parsons made 11-of-15 from the field (2-5 3PT).
Insight: Parsons only gets to the foul line 2.4 times per game so he has to shoot well to keep his scoring average up. He has done that this season while also providing strong numbers in rebounding, assists, steals and 3-pointers.
Description: Houston swingman Carlos Delfino (illness) isn't expected to play Friday against the Spurs. SOURCE: Jason Friedman, Rockets.com
Insight: Delfino is making 2.0 threes per game this season but that's where his fantasy value ends. He is only shooting 36.7 percent from the field with averages of 8.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
Description: Houston forward Chandler Parsons will play Wednesday against the Timberwolves despite a knee injury.
Insight: Parsons broke out of a mini-slump with 23 points on Christmas but then after the game it was reported he had swelling in his knee. Parsons might not play his usual allotment of minutes tonight so fantasy owners should be hesitant to start him.
Description: Houston PF Patrick Patterson (13.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 apg) will need a couple more weeks before he can return from a right foot injury.
Insight: Patterson's spot in the lineup has been ably manned by Marcus Morris. As a starter the second-year PF has averaged 13.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.6 apg, also exactly the same production as Patterson.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden has become a fantasy superstar after getting out from under the shadow of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City.
Insight: Harden's scoring average has jumped from 16.8 ppg to 25.6 ppg and while his shooting percentages are down it's because he forcing up 17 shots per game in this offense. He's going to the line 10 times per game which certainly has been a big contributor to his rise in scoring average. He's playing the most minutes of his career (38.6) which is also helping push him to career highs in rebounds (4.4), assists (5.4), steals (1.5), blocks (.0.5) and turnovers (3.7).
Description: Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is averaging 18.3 points and 8.3 assists since facing his old club a week ago (three games).
Insight: Lin (11.7 ppg, 6.6 apg, 4.4 rpg) is still trying to figure out how he and James Harden, who also likes to play with the ball in his hands, will mesh together, but we like the more motivated Lin we have seen this past week.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden has accumulated 240 points with a .519 shooting percentage his last eight games. That's 30 ppg. Harden had 31 points on 9-of-13 shooting (3-3 3PT, 10-12 FT) with eight assists, two rebounds and three steals Saturday against the Grizzlies.
Insight: If we had a few complaints with Harden's high-scoring start to the season, it's that he only shot 41 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from 3-point range while turning the ball over 4.1 times per game in his first 17 games. His last eight, he has made 41.2 percent of his 3-point attempts while turning it over 2.9 times per game.
Description: Houston point guard Jeremy Lin went into the birthplace of Linsanity -- Madison Square Garden -- and beat the Knicks with 22 points (9-15 FG) with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals Monday.
Insight: It was Lin's best game since scoring 38 points on Dec. 19 against the Spurs. He had 22 points combined in the three games following that huge effort.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden is averaging 27 ppg in four games since returning from a sprained ankle. He had 28 on 9-of-18 shooting (2-6 3PT, 8-9 FT) with 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals Monday in a win over the Knicks.
Insight: Harden is putting up 29 ppg on 49.1 percent shooting (52-of-106) his last six games.
Description: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons had 15 points and came within one rebound and two assists of a triple-double Friday against Boston.
Insight: Parsons has picked up right where he left off before missing one game with an injured shoulder at the end of November. In seven games this month, Parsons is averaging 15.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 threes per game.
Description: Rockets center Greg Smith made 8-of-9 field goal attempts Friday against the Celtics for 20 points off the bench in 22 minutes.
Insight: Smith had a similar game on Dec. 4, making 7-of-8 for 21 points, but he followed that up by scoring nine points total over his next four games. He'll only be a fantasy option if Omer Asik gets injured.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden returned to the lineup Wednesday and scored 31 points on 10-of-20 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 39 minutes.
Insight: Harden missed Monday's game due to a sprained ankle, but it wasn't a serious concern. The shooting guard is on fire his last three games, averaging 33 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.0 steals while shooting 56.6 percent from the field.
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden missed Monday's game against the Spurs because of a sprained right ankle but he'll be back on the court Wednesday for Houston's game versus the Wizards.
Insight: Harden was back at practice on Tuesday so there was never much doubt about his availablity for tonight's game. He enters Wednesday with the league's fifth-highest scoring average (24.7 ppg).
Description: Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin sprained his left ankle near the end of practice Tuesday. He's day-to-day and questionable for Wednesday's game.
Insight: The Rockets won't know the severity of Lin's injury until they see if there is swelling, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, though he did say the team didn't seem "overly concerned."
Description: Rockets guard James Harden (ankle) didn't participate in shootaround Monday and is a game-time decision for Monday's game. SOURCE: Jason Friedman, Rockets.com
Insight: Harden rolled his ankle in the first half Saturday but played through it on his way to 39 points and nine assists. However, just nine of those points came in the second half after his ankle tightened up during halftime.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden scored 30 points in the frst half despite turning his ankle when he stepped on Mavericks big man Elton Brand's foot, but the ankle tightened at halftime and Harden had just nine points after the break. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: "It was all my adrenaline in the first half," Harden said. "At halftime, I kind of sat down and got real tight. I just have to get treatment and ice it and get ready to go." We assume Harden will be available Monday when the Rockets host San Antonio, but we'll keep you posted.
Description: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons has not shot well in his last three games, hitting just 14-of-43 (.326) from the field.
Insight: Hopefully Parsons injured shoulder isn't still bothering him. He did have a double-double Saturday despite the cold spell, scoring 18 points with 10 boards, five assists and two steals. Fantasy owners have no choice but to keep starting the forward.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden hit 10 of his 17 field goal attempts (4-of-9 3PT) and 15-of-16 free throws for 39 points with nine assists, six rebounds, two steals and one block Saturday versus Dallas.
Insight: The one blemish was Harden's six turnovers, but you won't hear us complaining. The shooting guard has made 20-of-33 (7-of-15 3PT) from the field over his last two games after hitting just 3-of-19 on Dec. 4 against the Lakers. Harden has averaged 24.7 points through 19 games despite not shooting well from 3-point range. If he can get it going from downtown in addition to averaging 9.4 free-throw attempts per game, watch out.