Donatas Motiejunas was evaluated after having lower back pain, will be removed from basketball activities for 1 to 2 weeks & reevaluated.
SI.com "Dwight Howard knows the landscape in Houston has shifted in his absence, with each 40-point effort carrying James Harden deeper into the MVP conversation and each win lifting the Rockets closer to home-court advantage in the playoffs. There was no way for things to remain as they were, not when..." March 28
USA Today "Like it or not, narrative matters when it comes to the NBA's MVP race. LeBron James knows this as well as anyone, as all those MVP campaigns that came before were so great that it's tough for the Cleveland Cavaliers star to top what was done before. Translation: bad narrative. Stephen Curry is..." March 28
Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28
The Dream Shake "The Rockets appear ready to offer Spanish guard Sergio Llull $17 million, 3 year deal for next season. The Rockets are ready to offer Spanish guard Sergio Llull a contract for next season, reports Encestando.es and NBC Sports. Houston appears willing to offer a three-year deal worth $17..." March 27
Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward Terrence Jones, showing significant progress in coming back from last week’s partially collapsed lung, on Friday rode a stationary bicycle for the first time since the injury, a person with knowledge of his condition said. If Jones continues to improve as expected, he could be..." March 27
Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Dwight Howard said he felt good on Thursday – the day after he played his first game in two months. When the Rockets host Minnesota on Friday, his minutes will go up slightly as he eases back in. On Wednesday, Howard was set to play 16 minutes – he played the first four..." March 27
USA Today "Like it or not, narrative matters when it comes to the NBA's MVP race. LeBron James knows this as well as anyone, as all those MVP campaigns that came before were so great that it's tough for the Cleveland Cavaliers star to top what was done before. Translation: bad narrative. Stephen Curry is..." March 27
Houston Chronicle "It took their largest comeback of the season for the Rockets to finally subdue the Pelicans. After trailing by 17 points in the first half Wednesday night, the Rockets tightened up defensively, got their offense flowing, and erased the deficit to beat New Orleans 95-93. As many have this..." March 26
Pro Basketball Talk "In just the latest indication of the NBA’s growing global presence, Fortune magazine has named three NBA-related figures among its just-released list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. Nobody from any of the other three major American sports is featured. Here’s what the magazine had to say..." March 26
The Score "Dwight Howard didn't have a major impact in Wednesday's win over the New Orleans Pelicans - teammate James Harden once again took care of that. But for a Rockets team with championship aspirations, getting the eight-time All-Star back in the lineup for the first time since late January had to..." March 26
The Score "The Houston Rockets might be without shutdown defender Patrick Beverley for their upcoming postseason run. On Wednesday, Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Beverley will see specialists and there wouldn't be a decision on treatment for seven-to-10 days. While that may seem like a while, Marc..." March 25
SB Nation "The injury-riddled Rockets may soon absorb another huge blow just as they welcome back Dwight Howard from the sidelines. Point guard Patrick Beverley will go for a check-up on his injured wrist Wednesday morning and it's possible he will have season-ending surgery, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc..." March 25
Source: Houston guard Patrick Beverley has a torn ligament in his wrist and next step will be determined after an evaluation in 7-10 days.
Dwight Howard starting with a minutes restriction tonight.
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets couldn’t catch a break in their third quarter against the Pacers on Monday night. Indiana was on a comeback run when guard Pat Beverley headed to the locker room clutching his left wrist. Joey Dorsey was benched after arguing a call and picking up a technical foul. Jason Terry and..." March 24
SB Nation "It appears the Rockets center is finally ready to return to action after a 26-game absence due to a knee injury. Dwight Howard will likely return to action against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, according to Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle. Howard felt good after a practice..." March 24
Houston Chronicle "Rockets point guard Pat Beverley flew back to Houston from Indianapolis on Tuesday to have his left wrist evaluated and has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Pelicans in New Orleans. Beverley, who has also been battling right elbow bursitis, left the Rockets game against the..." March 24
Houston Chronicle "While there is no set return date for Rockets center Dwight Howard, coach Kevin McHale said it has to be soon. After the team’s 110-100 win over the Pacers on Monday, McHale said he might have to start putting Howard back into games. “We are so down on bodies and we don’t have a lot of..." March 24
Beverley has a left wrist sprain and will not return.
Rockets add Josh Smith (ankle sprain) to injury list. He's questionable tonight. Ariza (illness), Beverley (bursitis) also quesitonable.
Rockets upgrade Dwight Howard to doubtful for first time in a month. Indication that Wednesday return looking possible.
Arizona Republic "To rally their season into a playoff spot, the Suns are going to need something dramatic. Coming to life offensively like Lazarus is a good place to start. Two nights after winning with 74 points, the Suns scored 99 in the first three quarters Saturday night at Houston and shut out the..." March 22
Pro Basketball Talk "Sergio Llull was selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, who traded his rights to Houston for cash considerations. Llull has played in Spain ever since, but that investment the rockets made in him may be ready to pay off in time for next season. From..." March 22
Terrence Jones, Dwight Howard and Kostas Papnikolaou are all out tonight.
Also, Pat Beverley is still listed as questionable with elbow bursitis. He has played through that the last two games.
Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21
Pro Basketball Talk "Rockets forward Terrence Jones spent the night in the hospital to have what was believed to be a rib injury observed. The diagnosis is in. If that’s as serious as it sounds, Jones will miss much more than a week. Joey Dorsey should move back into the starting lineup, and Donatas..." March 21
Houston Chronicle "Game recognizes game, but rarely so spectacularly. As the champions of the Rockets’ past looked on, the Rockets of present rolled long enough for Hakeem Olajuwon to suggest that they could join them. But just another win would not be sufficient for the occasion. It had to be memorable. It..." March 20
Terrence Jones was hit in the ribs. Will not return.
Houston Chronicle "For all their searching, the Rockets finally found what they were lacking, and it was naturally in the last place they looked – or anyone would. They just needed Josh Smith to take more 3s. With the Rockets sinking late in the third quarter and James Harden seeming unable to save them, Smith..." March 18
Dwight Howard said he's "pretty close" to returning. Jokingly said. "It's a secret" when asked if he knows when he'll return.
Patrick Beverley has swelling in elbow and there is concern about him tonight vs Orl. McHale said Beverley left shootaround early.
USA Today "Enticing cross-conference NBA playoff matchups capture the imagination, presenting the idea of a fair and just basketball world in which only the best of the best are welcome. Dare to dream about the possibilities. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (or, for that matter, Russell Westbrook) as..." March 17
Houston Chronicle "One way or another, the Rockets and Clippers seemed bound to settle the day in the final seconds. For all James Harden or Chris Paul might have done along the way, for all the rebounds DeAndre Jordan grabbed or fast breaks the Rockets finished, the difference was going to be about one..." March 16
ESPN.com "For the first time since he suffered a right knee injury, Houston Rockets star center Dwight Howard practiced with the team Monday. Howard has missed the past 22 games with swelling in his knee and isn't expected to play Tuesday against Orlando. However, with Howard practicing, there is an..." March 16
ESPN.com "The NBA isn't what it used to be. Just ask Charles Oakley. Oakley was honored by the Raptors on Friday, but the power forward who also played for Chicago, New York, Washington and Houston in a career that stretched from 1985-2004 had little good to say about today's game. "Who do I like..." March 14
Salt Lake Tribune "The only thing that was going to stop Rudy Gobert was himself. Specifically, a part of himself. More specifically, his right ankle, which hurt as he sat on the sideline between the third and fourth quarters, working the joint in circles, trying to rid himself of the pain. On second..." March 13
ESPN.com "Dwight Howard, who hasn't played since Jan. 30 because of edema in his right knee, expects to be back in two weeks, he told ESPN's Lisa Salters on Wednesday. Howard worked out on the floor after the Houston Rockets' shootaround Wednesday morning in Portland, doing one-on-one work for the first..." March 12
SB Nation "The NBA Players Association has officially rejected cap smoothing when the new TV deal comes into play. Get ready for an absolutely wild summer in 2016. The National Basketball Players Association has informed the NBA that it will not agree to "smoothing" of the salary cap prior to the 2016-17..." March 12
Dwight Howard was living above the rim after practice. No setbacks since returned to court work. Has been running, cutting, doing 2 on 2.
Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Dwight Howard has begun on-court rehabilitation, considered the important next step in coming back from his knee edema. “He’s got to get on the floor and get some up-and-down on the floor,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “I’m not talking with the team; I’m just talking with..." March 08
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he texted with Houston GM Daryl Morey, and Morey knew Kerr's MVP campaign comments were tongue-in-cheek.
Houston Chronicle "As much as the Rockets needed a win, they needed more. James Harden especially needed one of those nights when he puts up numbers, collects highlights and seems to control everything around him as he could not in the frustrating previous days. A win would do if only to keep the Rockets’ losing..." March 07
Patrick Beverley (sprained right foot) and Terrence Jones (low back pain) are questionable for tonight in Denver.
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets didn’t get any kind of relief from the NBA admitting that referees in their game against Memphis on Wednesday night missed a crucial foul cal in the final seconds. The call would have sent James Harden to the foul line when the game was tied at 100 with under 10 seconds to play...." March 07
Fox Sports "Nine minutes. Two fouls. Zero points. Those are the career stats for Royce White. Three different teams, three games played. Plenty of players enter the league and only grab a cup of coffee on the way out, but rarely do those athletes depart with such unfulfilled expectations. At 6 feet, 8..." March 07
Rockets, Mavs, Raps & Heat still interested in free agent JaVale McGee, source told Yahoo. Mavs challenge is finding PT with Tyson Chandler.
Pro Basketball Talk "As the NBA season enters March, the MVP race is heating up, and the two frontrunners so far are Stephen Curry and James Harden. So far, their teams have taken vastly different approaches to doing PR for the battle. Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been very vocal about Harden’s credentials, while the..." March 06