Rockets reveal return date for Jalen Green from hamstring injury
Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas on Monday provided a potential timetable for rookie Jalen Green to return following a hamstring injury suffered on Nov. 24.
Green, who has missed the last 13 games, injured himself on a drive to the basket in a win against the Chicago Bulls. The Rockets initially announced Green would be evaluated on a week-by-week basis as Silas said the team would not rush him back into action.
The second pick said on Dec. 10 that he is making progress every day in his rehabilitation but didn’t have a return date in mind. Silas said Green could return to play as soon as this week.
Jalen is sooner than later. Hopefully, within the next three games or so. We’d like to get him to play before the Christmas break. … Jalen is progressing quicker (than Kevin Porter Jr.) and is very close to playing.
The Rockets play the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers on Wednesday and Thursday this week. They will then have a three-day break before returning to action on Monday so Green could, potentially, play as soon as Wednesday or Thursday.
Green is off to a strong start with the Rockets, averaging 14 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 18 games. He was nominated for Western Conference Rookie of the Month and ranks fourth in scoring average among all first-year players, fifth in minutes and sixth in field goals.
Without Green in the lineup, the Rockets have gone 9-5 after losing 15 consecutive games. They have received strong contributions from several players in that span, including Christian Wood, Eric Gordon and Jae’Sean Tate among others.
The organization certainly did not want to rush Green back too quickly but it appears as though the 19-year-old is on the verge of returning to the court in the near future.
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