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Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook helped his team snap a four-game losing streak in the win over Minnesota on Tuesday night. The former MVP produced 27 points on an adequate 11-for-17 shooting from the field. He also added seven assists, six boards, and was solid defensively by coming away with four steals. The veteran is having one of his best seasons on the scoring end in his first season in Houston by averaging just over 27 points per outing. Though he is doing so by decreasing his contributions in other areas, fantasy managers should still be satisfied with his production as most leagues advance into the playoffs. The Rockets will next hit the road for a Thursday night matchup with the Lakers, with the 31-year-old averaging an impressive 38 points against Los Angeles throughout two meetings on the year.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden helped his team snap a four-game skid on Tuesday night in the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former MVP had 37 points, finishing with an efficient 11-for-19 shooting from the field, which also included an impressive 50 percent shooting from deep on 10 attempts. He also hit 10 of his 14 tries at the charity stripe and added seven assists, four boards, and two steals. It was a welcomed outing for Harden, who has struggled with his shot over the last five games. His turnaround may be short-lived, however, as the Rockets will head west to meet the Lakers on Thursday night, with Harden averaging 24 points--10 points less than his seasonal mark--and nearly five turnovers throughout two meetings with Los Angeles this season.
Houston Rockets forward Jeff Green was remarkably efficient during his time on the floor against the Magic on Sunday. In 27 minutes off the bench, he scored 18 points on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting from the field, including one three-pointer. Green also tallied five rebounds and came up with a steal in the 106-126 Houston loss. Sunday's defeat marked the fourth in a row for the Rockets, which has resulted in them plummeting to the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Green's play as of late has been a lone bright spot for the team. He is averaging 18.3 points per game over his last three outings, meaning owners should consider grabbing him off of the waiver wire. He should have an opportunity to continue his streak of excellent scoring against the Timberwolves on Tuesday, who rank in the bottom half of the league in defensive rating.
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (knee) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Orlando Magic. Head coach Mike D'Antoni said Gordon was unlikely to play here and listed him as day-to-day on Saturday. It's tough for anyone to hold Gordon in fantasy leagues right now with how often he has been injured this season. Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, and Danuel House should see more minutes on Sunday. House is the best fantasy option out of the three, but mostly has deep league value.
Houston Rockets forwardJeff Greenmade the most of his opportunity Saturday against the Hornets. The 33-year-old veteran scored 20 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field in 29 minutes off the pine. Green was a team-high plus-28 for Coach D'Antoni's crew because he stuffed the stat sheet. Along with knocking down shots, he also pulled down eight boards, dished out two assists, and came up with three steals in the 99-108 loss for Houston. It was the second straight scoring outburst for Green, who scored 17 against the Clippers on Thursday. Despite this, fantasy owners should wait and see whether he can string together performances of this caliber before picking him up off of the waiver wire.