Rockets’ Gerald Green out 7-10 days with strained adductor
The Houston Rockets will be without Gerald Green for a little while. The swingman is expected to miss the next 7-10 days with a strained adductor injury:
Rockets swingman Gerald Green is out 7-10 days with a strained adductor that he suffered during warmups Sunday. Guard Eric Gordon is questionable vs. Bucks due to sprained ankle.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 26, 2019
Gerald Green has been a solid role player throughout his career. The 12-year veteran has been with the Houston Rockets for the last two seasons, but now he’ll be missing a pivotal stretch.
On the year, Green is averaging 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game. In all 69 games he has appeared in, he has come off the bench.
While those numbers are simply decent, his ability to stretch the floor helps Houston. Green is a threat from deep (35.2 percent on over six attempts per game), and he’s also known for his ridiculous athleticism and dunking ability. This makes it hard for defenses to cover him, especially when worrying about players like James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon.
The Rockets are currently sitting in third place in the Western Conference with a 47-27 record. That puts them just 0.5 games ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers for fourth. Even scarier, home-court advantage isn’t even close to locked up, as they’re just four games ahead of the eighth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder.
At the same time, Houston is only three games back from the Denver Nuggets for second place and 3.5 games back from the Golden State Warriors for first in the Conference.
While Green missing this time is unfortunate, he should be healthy once the playoffs roll around. That means he’ll be ready to help them come the postseason as they chase an NBA championship.
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