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Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni addresses Danuel House’s status after scary injury vs. Lakers

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Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni believes swingman Danuel House will be ready to go in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The 6-foot-6 undrafted player had to prematurely exit the Rockets’ second-round opener on Friday, after accidentally getting smacked in the face by teammate PJ Tucker in the third quarter. House was assisted back to the locker room and did not return for the rest of the night.

Houston still got the W despite his absence, pulling away in the fourth period for a 112-97 statement team over the number 1 team in the West. Speaking to reporters after the game, D’Antoni shared that House is doing well after that hard hit and even congratulated his teammates afterward.

“Danuel House Jr. seems to be fine. He was in there high-fiving everybody and jumping around. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go on Sunday,” the Rockets’ tactician said, via Ben DuBose of the Rockets Wire. 

Danuel House has been a staple in Rockets’ rotation over the past two seasons through sheer hard work. He went scoreless in Game 1 before leaving the match, missing all three of his field goals. However, his effort on the defensive end was vital for the Rockets in the first three periods of the game. The 27-year-old unheralded player grabbed four rebounds in 20 minutes.

The Rockets, meanwhile, certainly played with a ton of energy on Friday despite just coming off a grueling seven-game series against the Oklahoma City Thunder two days ago. They came out firing from the get-go as the superstar tandem of James Harden and Russel Westbrook combined for 59 of Houston’s 112 points.

House, meanwhile, is the type of player who does all the right things not reflected on the scoreboard. His return will certainly give Houston better chances of upsetting the Purple and Gold in the semis.

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