Hi KPRC2 Insiders,
The Houston Rockets have put together a little streak, and more importantly, it’s the good kind! After a recent rough stretch, the Rockets were able to string together back-to-back wins, including one on the road without some of their key pieces.
News and Notes:
The injury bug has bitten the Rockets right before the All-Star break. Houston, as of now, is missing their starting back-court. Kevin Porter Jr. has missed a few weeks with a toe contusion (ouch) and his guard running-mate, Jalen Green, is now battling a calf issue, but his return is expected over the new couple of games.
The Rockets prized rookie, Jabari Smith Jr., is also banged up, but he is expected to make a return to the lineup over the weekend.
Rising Stars Challenge
Although Houston has the worst record in the league, the talent is there. That’s evident by the NBA’s decision to pick a league-high, three selections to the NBA All-Star “Rising Stars Challenge.”
Jabari Smith Jr., Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun were all selected as one of the best rookie/sophomores to compete in the All-Star Weekend’s annual event. Green and Sengun will be making their second appearance.
This year All-Star weekend will be in Utah and the Rockets will have another representative in Salt Lake City as KJ Martin will participate in the dunk contest.
Tari Eason’s Emergence
One of the players you could argue was snubbed from the Rising Star’s Challenge was rookie forward Tari Eason. Eason has made the most of his opportunities and has provided the Rockets with a real spark off the bench. Over the last three games, he’s averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds, a block and a steal.
Raptors vs Rockets - 7:00 p.m. - Friday
Rockets vs Thunder - 7:00 p.m. - Saturday
Kings vs Rockets - 7:00 p.m. - Monday
Kings vs Rockets - 7:00 p.m. - Wednesday