Rockets injury updates: Christian Wood doubtful; John Wall out for Tuesday

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When the Houston Rockets (11-26) host Atlanta on Tuesday night, they will attempt to avoid tying a franchise record with 17 straight losses, which was set by the expansion San Diego Rockets in the 1967-68 season. Unfortunately for the short-handed group, the Rockets may not be as healthy for the game as they had hoped a few days ago.

For the first time in nearly six weeks, star center Christian Wood (left ankle sprain) is not listed as out in the team’s official injury report. That’s the good news. While his status upgrade was only from out to doubtful, it shows progress as Wood works to regain his conditioning. The news is even better for forward Danuel House Jr. (right knee contusion), who was upgraded to questionable after missing the last four games.

John Wall (left knee contusion) is still listed as out, and David Nwaba (right wrist strain) was downgraded from questionable to out. Ben McLemore (left ankle sprain) was added to the injury list with a left ankle sprain. Eric Gordon (right groin strain) and PJ Tucker (not with team, awaiting a trade) also remain sidelined with longer-term issues.

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When Wood sprained his right ankle on Feb. 4 in Memphis, the Rockets were 11-10 and wrapping up a stretch in which they had won seven of eight games. Since his departure, they are 0-16, which is the longest losing streak since the franchise moved to Houston in 1971.

Among current players, Wood leads the Rockets on a per-game basis in points (22.0), rebounds (10.2), field-goal percentage (55.8%) and 3-point percentage (42.1%). Meanwhile, Wall ranks second in scoring (21.0) and first in assists (6.0). Wall is a five-time All-Star over his distinguished NBA career, while Wood was a strong candidate to earn his first All-Star nod this season before suffering the ankle injury.

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