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Rockets’ Chris Paul Forced To Bench Against Golden State

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The Houston Rockets are feeling pretty good after their opening night victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

But Rockets’ guard Chris Paul was forced to watch the final 4 minutes and 47 seconds due to soreness in his knee.

“Dragging his leg a little bit; I had to get him out of there,” Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said (h/t ESPN).

“I’m a hell of a cheerleader, man,” Paul joked with reporters.

It is uncertain if Paul will be able to play against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

“We’ve got Eric Gordon on the bench, you know what I mean?” Paul said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, EG, get me.’ That’s what this team is capable of [with] our depth. You can push through it as much as you want to, but you don’t have to.”

Paul played most of the game with the knee issues and contributed key places to help Houston shock Golden State at home.

“I think on one leg, it’s pretty good,” D’Antoni said.

“He’s hurt. He came up with a big steal at the end and made some big plays at the end. He’s a competitor, and it’s hard to get him out, but it wasn’t his best game. He knows that. He’s going to play a lot better than that. He’s also instrumental in why we win.”

“He’s a fighter, man. He’s going to go out there and give it his all,” Rockets guard James Harden said. “We’ve just got to get him healthy.

“I just wish I could have helped him out some more, you know what I mean?” Paul said. “But I’ve been saying it all along, it’s cool. We’re going to be fine. It’s all about wins and losses for us, and we won tonight, so I’m cool.”

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Rockets’ Clint Capela Confident He Will Have a Big Season

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Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela is eyeing a big season in 2018-2019 and is hoping to elevate his game to the next level after signing a big contract with the Rockets this offseason, hoping for an All-Star caliber campaign.

Capela feels he was snubbed last season.

“It sucked,” Capela said, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “I definitely think I should have been [this year], but I didn’t complain about it. It’s all about the consistency. By just doing the work that I do, for sure I’ll be an All-Star next year.”

Capela hopes to be the best center in the NBA.

“Of course,” said Capela. “As a basketball player, I like to do it. Makes me feel good. So yeah, why not? You never say never. You like to expand your game, and I like to expand my game.”

Capela has been working hard this offseason, as he aims to get in the same shape as former teammate Dwight Howard.

“I’ve been working on that [strength] so it helps,” Capela said. “Of course, getting stronger, more minutes, playing with the same guys helps. I’m just trying to stay engaged. I start off solely to stabilize and utilize to know what I’m doing before every game, what makes me and my body feel good. All of that helps me grow this year.”

“He was dominating,” Capela said of Howard. “He was always taking care of his body. Did his work, and went out there and just dominated. He was huge!”

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Suns Land Ryan Anderson, De’Anthony Melton in trade with Rockets

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The Phoenix Suns have acquired forward Ryan Anderson and guard De’Anthony Melton from the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Marquese Chriss and point guard Brandon Knight, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21 million salary in 2019-20 to $15.6 million to help facilitate a move out of Houston, who had been attempting to trade Anderson for two years due to his lofty salary.

Phoenix will have until July 10, 2019 to decide on guaranteeing the full amount for the final season of Anderson’s contract, and if they choose not to they can waive him and pay him his $15.6 million.

Chriss is the main piece heading to Houston. The Suns selected him with the 8th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft but Chriss has been a bust during his Suns tenure, often times looking out of place on the court and succumbing to a number of mental errors.

Chriss’ attitude has also become an issue and he had had trouble staying in shape, which motivated the Suns to move on from him despite trading for him on draft night.

Knight is expected to play backup to Rockets’ starting point guard Chris Paul.

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Rockets Sign Bruno Caboclo

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The Houston Rockets have officially signed free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Caboclo became an unrestricted free agent when the Sacramento Kings, who acquired the 22-year old 6’9 forward via a trade with the Toronto Rapors, declined to extend him a qualifying offer in late June.

Caboclo is a former first round pick, as the Raptors selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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