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December 8, 2014 Updates

Rockets rookie Kostas Papanikolaou said he was “happy” to learn that his knee injury was no more than a Grade-1 sprain, likely to keep him out for 10 days to two weeks. “Thank God it’s not something worse,” Papanikolaou said. “It’s a first-degree sprain on my MCL. Things could be even worse. I’m happy that it’s that way. It will take a couple of weeks, like 10 to 14 days, to get back. “I was really scared. Even when they told me the first time (it was just a sprain) I was scared because you never know with this kind of stuff. You actually get to know the next day. You see how much swelling there is and then what the doctors will say, so I was pretty scared. But thank God, you know. I’m glad it’s only that and not more.” Houston Chronicle

The Rockets’ hope that Dwight Howard could be close to returning from his strained right knee seemed to be fading. While discussing Pat Beverley’s return from a strained left hamstring, Rockets coach Kevin McHale said “It would be nice to get everybody else back, but that won’t be happening any time soon.” McHale had previously said he hoped that Howard, who has been out since Nov. 19, might be ready to return in time to play on the Rockets’ road trip Wednesday and Thursday to play Golden State and Sacramento. Asked if he had a better feel for Howard’s timetable, he said again, “He won’t be back anytime soon.” Houston Chronicle

December 7, 2014 Updates

Kostas Papanikolaou suffered a knee injury during the Rockets’ overtime win Friday against the Timberwolves. The Rockets forward elaborated after Saturday’s win over the Suns. “It’s a first degree, sprained MCL,” he said. “Things could be even worse. I’m happy that it’s that way. It looks like it’ll be a couple of weeks, like 10-14 days to get back. We have a great staff in the back doing a great job and they will do their best in order for me to come back as soon as possible.” CBS Local

December 6, 2014 Updates
December 3, 2014 Updates

Howard said he does not have a target date for his return. After facing the Grizzlies on Wednesday, the Rockets play a back-to-back Friday and Saturday against the Timberwolves and Suns. Guards Pat Beverley and Isaiah Canaan and forward Terrence Jones are all listed as out. “I don’t think it is smart for me to try to rush anything,” Howard said. “When I’m 100 percent or close to it, that’s when I’ll play. I don’t want to give my teammates and the city nothing but the best, so I’m not going to get out there until I’m ready to do everything I can do.” Houston Chronicle

Howard is still listed as doubtful to play Wednesday against Memphis, the team he faced Nov. 17 before going out with the injury. “It’s basically the second day I was able to get out and do some sprints on the floor. Other than that, it’s just been on the treadmill and doing some court work. So, today was a lot better than the past couple of days. A lot of the stuff is going away. We have to keep doing what I’ve been doing. The trainer (Jason Biles) has been doing a great job trying to get rid of the pain that I’m having around my knee and we’ll go from there.” Houston Chronicle

December 2, 2014 Updates

Jonathan Feigen: Rockets recall Clint Capela from the D-League. In his six games in RGV, averaged nine points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

December 1, 2014 Updates
November 29, 2014 Updates

Harden averages 8.7 free throws on 9.7 attempts this season. In last season’s first-round series against Portland, he averaged 7.5 free throws on 8.3 attempts. “He’s an expert at it,” Rivers said. “He actually does get fouled on most of them. He throws those arms up. It’s funny, in the playoffs teams are really aware of it and he doesn’t get those calls. It’s interesting how that changes to me, but it’s hard. It’s hard to prepare for. He’s coming at you. You want to stop him. He’s good at it. He’s as good of a guard as I can remember. Houston Chronicle

November 28, 2014 Updates
November 26, 2014 Updates

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a come up with a proposal to level the playing field between the NBA's two conferences. Cuban suggests a conference realignment that would result in a total of eight teams, including the Mavs, switching conferences. In Cuban's plan, the Mavs, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans would move to the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks would move to the West. "It's not like it'd be the first time we've ever realigned," Cuban said. "It's happened many times before, so there's precedent and I just think it shakes things up and makes things interesting." ESPN.com

"It's not like you're reducing competition," said Cuban, who noted that the teams he suggested moving to the West are approximately the same distance from Portland as Dallas and closer than New Orleans, San Antonio and Houston. "You keep Cleveland, Washington and other good teams in the East. It kind of shakes things up in terms of not just interest but also in terms of how people rebuild. "It just changes things up and it changes the thought process of a lot of teams. It makes both conferences very competitive, at least for the short-term and I think, based on the history of the teams, for the long-term as well." ESPN.com

November 25, 2014 Updates

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Houston Rockets are considering signing 16-year veteran forward Al Harrington, who was recently cut in China in order to allow him to pursue a NBA return. Harrington played 34 games for the Washington Wizards last season, averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. With great experience and versatility, he could be an ideal fit on the Rockets’ frontline as they await Terrence Jones’ return from a nerve issue in his left leg. Basketball Insiders



Average height of the main three players is 6-foot-10. It's truly a big man franchise.


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