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Date Player
10/18/2017 Draymond Green, GS, F-C
Green underwent an MRI exam on his strained left knee and his status for an upcoming road trip is unclear. Golden State expected to release results of the test Wednesday or early Thursday prior to departing for a game Friday at New Orleans.

Analysis: Green took a hard shot to his knee but stayed on to make two free throws that put the Warriors up 101-88 after three quarters, then immediately went to the locker room. The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year's absence was a definite factor as the Rockets outscored Golden State 34-20 in the fourth to eke out a 122-121 win.
10/18/2017 Zaza Pachulia, GS, C
Zaza Pachulia scored six points Tuesday on 2-of-2 shooting as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Pachulia grabbed three rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +8 in his 10:14 on the floor. He added one block.
10/18/2017 Shaun Livingston, GS, G
Shaun Livingston scored six points Tuesday on 2-of-5 shooting as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Livingston pulled down one rebound and had five assists, tallying a plus-minus of -14 in his 18:32 on the floor.
10/18/2017 Jordan Bell, GS, PF
Jordan Bell scored eight points Tuesday on 4-of-5 shooting as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Bell grabbed one rebound and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of 0 in his 11:46 on the floor.
10/18/2017 Patrick McCaw, GS, G-F
Patrick McCaw scored four points Tuesday, going 2 of 3 from the field, as the Golden State Warriors fell to the Houston Rockets 122-121. McCaw grabbed three rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of 0 in his 18:39 on the floor. He added one block and one steal.
10/18/2017 Clint Capela, Hou, F-C
Clint Capela scored 12 points Tuesday, going 6 of 10 from the field, as the Houston Rockets topped the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Capela pulled down four rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -23 in his 18:10 on the floor. He added one block and one steal.
10/18/2017 Trevor Ariza, Hou, G-F
Trevor Ariza scored eight points Tuesday, going 3 of 9 from the field, as the Houston Rockets topped the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Ariza grabbed six rebounds and had five assists, tallying a plus-minus of -7 in his 37:39 of playing time. He added two steals. Ariza went 2 of 5 from behind the arc.
10/18/2017 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Hou, F
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 14 points Tuesday, going 6 of 9 from the field, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Mbah a Moute grabbed four rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +17 in his 23:23 of playing time. Mbah a Moute went 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
10/18/2017 Ryan Anderson, Hou, F-C
Ryan Anderson scored 13 points Tuesday, going 5 of 12 from the field, as the Houston Rockets topped the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Anderson grabbed eight rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +9 in his 33:17 on the floor. He added one block and one steal. Anderson went 3 of 8 from behind the arc.
10/18/2017 Nick Young, GS, G-F
Nick Young scored 23 points Tuesday, going 8 of 9 from the field, as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Young pulled down two rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -10 in his 26:10 of playing time. Young went 6 of 7 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Young certainly had the hot hand in his Warriors debut as he built off a 2016-17 season in which he shot a strong 40.4 percent from 3-point range with the Lakers. He's a notoriously streaky shooter who can be a bit volatile for fantasy purposes, but opportunities will exist if he can maintain a role as a sixth man.
10/18/2017 Kevin Durant, GS, F
Kevin Durant scored 20 points Tuesday on 7-of-15 shooting as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Durant grabbed five rebounds and had seven assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +8 in his 37:38 on the floor. He added four blocks. Durant went 2 of 5 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Durant would have had two more, but his potential game-winning baseline jumper was ruled to have come just after the final buzzer sounded. The four-time scoring champion also had eight turnovers in what should be considered a slightly disappointing season debut by his standards.
10/18/2017 Stephen Curry, GS, G
Stephen Curry scored 22 points Tuesday on 8-of-18 shooting as the Golden State Warriors fell to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Curry grabbed five rebounds and had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +8 in his 29:33 on the floor. He tacked on one steal. Curry went 3 of 9 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Curry often deferred in the first half but picked up the pace in the second, netting 17 of his points in the final two quarters to salvage a good but not great fantasy night. It's a good bet he'll have a lot better ones going forward.
10/18/2017 Klay Thompson, GS, G-F
Klay Thompson scored 16 points Tuesday, going 6 of 14 from the field, as the Golden State Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Thompson pulled down six rebounds and dished out three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -1 in his 38:10 of playing time. He added two blocks and two steals. Thompson went 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Thompson was hot early but struggled in the second half, hitting 2 of 7 field goal tries while netting just five points after the break. It's no real cause for concern, as the three-time All-Star trails only fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry for the most made 3-pointers in the league over the previous three seasons.
10/18/2017 Chris Paul, Hou, PG
Chris Paul scored four points Tuesday on 2-of-9 shooting as the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Paul pulled down eight rebounds and had 11 assists, tallying a plus-minus of -12 in his 33:04 on the floor. He added one block and two steals.

Analysis: Paul's highly anticipated Houston debut was a dud from a points perspective, though he certainly contributed in other areas. He's also dealing with a sore knee that may have affected his performance, something fantasy owners need to monitor with the Rockets in action again Wednesday in Sacramento.
10/18/2017 P.J. Tucker, Hou, G-F
P.J. Tucker scored 20 points Tuesday on 6-of-9 shooting as the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Tucker grabbed six rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 28:40 on the floor. He added one steal. Tucker went 4 of 6 from 3-point range.

Analysis: The Rockets signed Tucker primarily for his defensive abilities, but he helped keep his new team in it by netting 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first half. The 32-year-old should see a solid share of minutes as a key member of Houston's rotation, though keep in mind he's never averaged double figures in points in any of his previous six NBA seasons.
10/18/2017 Eric Gordon, Hou, SG
Eric Gordon scored 24 points Tuesday, going 9 of 16 from the field, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Gordon grabbed one rebound and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +4 in his 29:23 on the floor. He added two blocks and one steal. Gordon struggled from behind the arc, coming up empty on all six of his attempts.

Analysis: Gordon couldn't get his outside shot to fall, but he was deadly from midrange while playing a key role in the Rockets' comeback from a 15-point deficit. The good news is he's still going to have plenty of scoring opportunities in Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense even with Chris Paul now in the fold.
10/18/2017 James Harden, Hou, G
James Harden scored 27 points Tuesday on 10-of-23 shooting as the Houston Rockets topped the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Harden pulled down six rebounds and dished out 10 assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +2 in his 36:24 of playing time. He added one steal. Harden went 4 of 9 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Last season's NBA MVP runner-up put up a stat line similar to his 2016-17 averages in his first game sharing a backcourt with Chris Paul. Harden still saw quite a bit of time at the point in the season opener, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect his assist numbers to take a significant dip if at all.
10/18/2017 Chris Paul, Hou, PG
Paul has been ruled out for Wednesday's game at Sacramento because of left knee soreness. Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 in the Rockets' season-opening win at Golden State on Tuesday. Coach Mike D'Antoni isn't counting on him Saturday for the home opener against Dallas. ''I think he's still in play but I think it's hard," D'Antoni said.

Analysis: Paul was hampered at the end of the preseason by the knee pain which continued flaring Tuesday, and D'Antoni says the perennial All-Star ''is playing on one leg right now.'' Tuesday's game was the first since March 9, 2015 where Paul was held to four points or less.
10/18/2017 Paul Zipser, Chi, F
Zipser, who had been dealing with a sore back, will start Thursday's opener in Toronto.

Analysis: Zipser averaged 6.4 points in his 18 starts last season and on a Bulls team without any real offensive weapons, it's possible he could fill up the boxscore from time to time.
10/18/2017 Raymond Felton, OKC, G
Felton (wrist) practiced Wednesday but his status for Thursday's opener against New York is still uncertain.

Analysis: Felton averaged 6.7 points in 80 games last season for the Clippers and figures to get few offensive opportunities with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George joining the mix.
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