The Utah Jazz (27-9) had a fun showing at the all-star break, with Mike Conley almost edging out Steph Curry in the 3 point contest and fans feeling great about having the most representation in the all-star game. Now, it’s back to business in the second half of the season, taking on the Houston Rockets (11-24) again at home. Holding onto the league-worst 14 game losing streak, the Rockets don’t get any breaks as they are on the receiving end of a back-to-back in altitude against the league’s best team after a 20 point drubbing from the Kings. It would be shocking if last year if you heard any of these situations, wouldn’t it?
On paper, the Rockets shouldn’t be this bad. John Wall, who looks to have recovered well from his unfortunate achilles injury, has been playing well. Christian Wood looks like an early pick for MIP, thriving in his new role. The Rockets have perennial Jazz-killers Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker, as well as previously injured all-star Victor Oladipo. They were trying to rehabilitate DeMarcus Cousins, who almost looked like a basketball player this season. And a familiar Aussie friend continues to be unfulfilled, injured potential on the Rockets bench (Dante Exum, if you’re wondering).
But reality is far worse. The Rockets have 8 players confirmed to be injured or sidelined, not including Victor Oladipo, who will likely be out on this back-to-back as he continues to come back from injury, or PJ Tucker, who will no longer Cheap Dante Exum Jersey be part of the team as the Rockets look to trade him. Wall sat out against the Kings with a knee injury, Wood has been out for about a month with two consecutive ankle sprains, and Eric Gordon suffered a groin injury against the Kings. Former small forward starter Danuel House has been out with a knee injury, while bench players Chris Clemons, Rodions Kurucs, David Nwaba, and Dante Exum have various ailments.
If Victor Oladipo doesn’t play for Houston tomorrow because of back to back maintenance then the Rockets leading scorer, rebounding Cheap Mike Conley Jersey and assist man of available players is Jea’Sean Tate
— David Locke (@DLocke09) March 12, 2021
Note that Jae’Sean Tate is averaging 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game in 22 starts and 34 games played. The next best available player would probably be Sterling Brown, with 7.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.