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  • James Harden will make his Nets debut on Saturday
    James Harden is available to play for the Nets on Saturday against the Magic.

    Advice: The Rockets' trade finally went through in time for them to have just enough players (eight) to play on Saturday, and now Harden will be able to start his new life, too. Brooklyn won't get to play its full lineup, with Kyrie Irving still out, but Harden and Kevin Durant will begin their second tenure together. 50 minutes ago
  • Sterling Brown (lower leg injury) out Saturday
    Sterling Brown won't play on Saturday due to a lower leg injury.

    Advice: Brown was listed as a game-time call until the Rockets' trade with the Nets was finalized, allowing Rodions Kurucs to be on the active roster, and for Houston to have the required eight players to play a game. Without Brown, Eric Gordon, John Wall or Victor Oladipo, expect Mason Jones, Ben McLemore, David Nwaba, Jae'Sean Tate, P.J. Tucker and Christian Wood to all get their shots up. Wood will have the opportunity to take control of the offense, while everyone else's roles in the offense are boosted to the max. This is the NBA in 2021. 54 minutes ago
  • Hou. starters: Jones, McLemore, Tate, Tucker, Wood
    The Rockets are starting Mason Jones, Ben McLemore, Jae'Sean Tate, P.J. Tucker and Christian Wood on Saturday against the Spurs.

    Advice: The Rockets had so many players either tied up in a pending trade or injured that Saturday's game was in question until a trade was completed to make former Nets forward Rodions Kurucs available for Houston. Sterling Brown, who was a game-time decision due to a lower leg injury, is officially out, meaning Houston has exactly the required eight players to play. Jones might be a good DFS play, but he's a rookie who's played just 36 career minutes, totalling 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and four turnovers across four games. Look for Tate, Tucker, McLemore and Wood to jack up shots in what could be a clunky Rockets game. Today, 12:48 pm
  • Eric Gordon (leg) is out on Saturday vs. the Spurs
    Eric Gordon won't play on Saturday against the Spurs due to left leg tightness.

    Advice: The Rockets are in trouble, missing nearly half their roster due to injury or trade. The only guards Houston will have available are Ben McLemore, rookie Mason Jones and maybe Sterling Brown, who's a game-time decision to play. Jae'Sean Tate, David Nwaba and P.J. Tucker should get a lot of run, too. Today, 12:32 pm
  • Jamal Murray: "My elbow bothers me on every shot"
    Jamal Murray says that he has a bruise on his elbow that bothers him every time he shoots a basketball.

    Advice: “My elbow bothers me on every (shot)," Murray said. "I got a bruise there. Every game I seem to hit it or kinda tweak it again.” This explains a lot for Murray, one of the world's best shooters who has made just 15 out of his last 38 shots from the field. He's relatively underwhelmed for much of the season considering the leap most expected him to take after a hot run in the bubble. Look to see if Mike Malone chooses to rest him at some point to get his elbow fully right. Otherwise, he could continue to be a shell of himself on the floor. Today, 12:17 pm

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Injury Reports

Tyler Herro Mia - PG,SG,SFNeck spasmsGTDJan 15, 2021
DeMarcus Cousins Hou - PF,CSore right ankleOJan 15, 2021
Hassan Whiteside Sac - PF,CSore left hipGTDJan 15, 2021
Karl-Anthony Towns Min - CCOVID-19INJJan 15, 2021
Joel Embiid Phi - PF,CRight knee painOJan 15, 2021
Lou Williams LAC - PG,SGSore left hipGTDJan 14, 2021
Ricky Rubio Min - PGHealth and safety protocolsOJan 14, 2021
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