The Rockets narrowly avoid postponing Saturday’s game with Spurs
The Houston Rockets are decimated by injuries and affected by the James Harden trade’s fallout, which was on track to hinder them from dressing the league minimum eight players to play Saturday. Demarcus Cousins (ankle) and Eric Gordon (leg) were already ruled out because of injuries earlier in the day, and now Sterling Brown, who was listed as a game-time decision, has been ruled out with a leg injury. Brown scored a season-high 23 points in the first league of this two-game set with the Spurs on Thursday.
Along with all their injuries, the Rockets haven’t been able to suit up any of the pieces they got in return for Harden. The main component coming back, Victor Oldaipo and Rodions Kurucs, have yet to play for the Rockets, while Dante Exum is still at least a month away, out with a calf injury. At the eleventh hour, the Rockets completed trade protocols to make Kurucs available against the Spurs, giving them exactly the minimum eight players to be allowed to play Saturday.
Christian Wood will continue to be the focal point and the only true offensive weapon for the Rockets. Wood ate the Spurs up for 27 points and 15 rebounds in Thursday’s win and would keep the pedal to the medal for the shorthanded Rockets. Mason Jones could be a sneaky play and carries a dirt-cheap $3500 price tag on FanDuel DFS. The Rockets will be severely shorthanded, and minutes should be available for almost everybody.
Houston narrowly sidesteps being added to a long list of NBA postponements this COVID ravaged season.