Rockets Injuries: Hayes On Comeback Trail, Miller And Martin Out Again Tonight

Keeping up with the Rockets injuries.

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Kevin Martin And Brad Miller Sit Tonight, Chuck Hayes To Return To Practice Tomorrow

The Rockets will be without guard Kevin Martin and center Brad Miller again tonight as the team takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that in addition to these two being out, center/forward Chuck Hayes will begin practicing tomorrow and then will ‘lobby’ to be cleared to play.

Hayes return would be right on-line with the early timetable in the original prognosis, should he successfully lobby coach Rick Adelman. January 14th against the Hornets may be his target date. The Rockets still don’t think Martin’s injury is a long-term one, but his shooting wrist is sprained and that will keep him out. Miller continues to be hobbled by his sore knee.

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Aaron Brooks Out Tonight After Aggravating Ankle Injury

Rockets.com’s Jason Friedman reports that Rockets guard Aaron Brooks will miss tonight’s game against the Trail Blazers with an aggravation of his earlier ankle injury.

The ankle, which he originally hurt against San Antonio in November, had been slowly building up strength. His minutes had been up in each of the last five games he’s played. No word yet on the long-term severity of the issue. We will update this as we get more news, but it looks like Courtney Lee may see an increase in minutes as the backup point guard for Kyle Lowry for at least tonight.

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Chuck Hayes Out 2-4 Weeks With Ankle Sprain

The Rockets continue to be besieged by ankle injuries, and their latest is to forward/center Chuck Hayes. Hayes rolled his ankle in practice after landing on a teammates foot, and will be sidelined 2-4 weeks according to Rockets.com’s Jason Friedman.

The diagnosis is a moderate to severe ankle sprain. Depending on how the recovery goes, the Rockets’ original prognosis could see him back on any day from January 14th against the Hornets to January 29th against the Spurs.

WIth Hayes out, Jordan Hill is likely to be the biggest beneficiary in terms of minutes. The Rockets will likely have him and Brad Miller splitting center minutes for the duration of Hayes’ injury.

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Chuck Hayes Turns Ankle In Practice, Goes For X-Rays

According to Rockets.com’s Jason Friedman, Rockets center Chuck Hayes is going for x-rays after stepping awkwardly on a teammates foot near the end of practice.

The Rockets erstwhile defensive leader is averaging six points and 5.9 rebounds in about 20 minutes a game this season. If he’s sidelined for any length of time, Jordan Hill will probably get more minutes and the Rockets will probably have to use him and Brad Miller as a pure tandem at center.

We’ll keep you updated about the severity of the injury while we pray that the Rockets can find some shoes that keep their players from rolling their ankles on the court.

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Morey 'Expects' Aaron Brooks To Play Sunday Against Kings

The Rockets did get some good injury news this week, as during the Fox Sports Houston broadcast, general manager Daryl Morey said that they expect to get reigning Most Improved Player Award winner Aaron Brooks back for their game on Sunday night on the west coast against the Sacramento Kings.

It’s unknown how the Rockets will sort out the situation long-term, as Kyle Lowry has done a very good job of seizing the reins in Brooks’ absence, but for the short-term, look for Brooks to be worked back pretty slowly and come off the bench. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to put him right back into your fantasy lineup, it might be a good idea to hold off and see what kind of minutes he’ll be getting. At least for the first week.

This will probably end the few minutes that Ish Smith has been getting, although he did a pretty good job of that on his own. Look for him to go back to being purely a garbage time player.

For more on the Rockets, check out The Dream Shake.

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Aaron Brooks Hoping To Return On Dec 10th

Rockets.com’s Jason Friedman, who has been tasked with keeping us all updated on every Rockets injury, poor guy, is reporting that Aaron Brooks is looking to make it back sooner this month, rather than later.

"Going straight and running isn’t a problem, as much as the lateral stuff and stopping," said Brooks. "It’s better than yesterday. The movement and shooting layups that’s a little different, it’s the first time doing that. I did some slides today – that’s my first time doing that.

"It’s getting better each day. It’s been difficult. I haven’t been in this situation before. It seems like a lot of our starters have been out and I’ve always been the guy saying, ‘Hurry up and get back.’ Being in this position doesn’t feel real good.

"I think we’re shooting for the 10th (to return). The 10th would be 5 weeks (from the time of his injury); we said 4-6 (weeks), so somewhere between 4-6 weeks. I don’t know."

While it sounds like he’s not totally devoted to his hypothesis, it’s definitely good news for the Rockets that Brooks is stepping up his rehab. The team needs someone who can create their own shot in a desperate way right now with Yao Ming also out. Brooks may not be Yao back to the court, but his return is a lot more likely to be a permanent thing for the rest of this season.

For more Rockets news, check out The Dream Shake.

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Chase Budinger Rolls Ankle, Leaves Game

Rockets guard Chase Budinger came down awkwardly on his ankle in the fourth quarter of the Rockets game in Indiana tonight. He had to be helped off on the shoulders of his teammates, and his status is currently unknown. More as this develops.

Budinger had just finally broken out of a shooting slump to start the season, and any prolonged absence would probably increase the minutes for Courtney Lee. It didn’t look too bad, but we’ll see. My complete guess would be that he might miss the Knicks game on Sunday before coming back next week.

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Brooks Timeline Revised To 4-6 Weeks

Aaron Brooks severely sprained his ankle, according to Rockets doctors. Jason Friedman of Rockets.com is reporting that he will be out 4 weeks.

On the other hand, Jonathan Feigen talked directly to Brooks, and the diagnosis that he got was four to six weeks.

With how ugly it looked, it’d be a little surprising if it weren’t closer to six weeks. If you’re in a fantasy league, Kyle Lowry will be the starter in Houston as soon as he can shake his own health issues with his back. Until then, Ish Smith will keep the seat warm for both of them.

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Brooks Out At Least Two Weeks With Sprained Ankle

Rockets.com’s Jason Friedman reports that Rockets coach Rick Adleman has said that Aaron Brooks will be out at least two weeks with a sprained ankle. After watching the injury live, I’d probably bet on the over there. It looked like Brooks was lucky that it was just a sprain.

Adelman is also hopeful that point guard Kyle Lowry can play on Wednesday. The Rockets will have to use third PG Ish Smith a lot tonight against Minnesota.

Kevin Martin, who also rolled his ankle last night in San Antonio, will play tonight.

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Brooks To See Team Doctor, Lowry Out, Martin Questionable

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Brooks will see team doctors today and not play in the game, as expected. Kyle Lowry, who has a sore back, is also out again tonight. Ish Smith will see extended time at point guard.

Kevin Martin is questionable, and will probably be a game-time decision.

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Kevin Martin Joins Brooks In Rolled Ankle Club

Unreal. Just a few minutes into the third quarter, Kevin Martin has also gone to the locker room after rolling his ankle. Unlike Brooks, he was able to get there under his own power. But the Rockets backcourt is taking a beating tonight.

Updates on Martin’s ankle, also, as they become available.

EDIT: Rockets.com's Jason Friedman reports that Martin is getting his ankle re-taped and will return.

EDIT 2:  Martin did not ever return to the game, but watched it from the bench, lending credence to the idea that he is probably not badly injured.

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Aaron Brooks Leaves Game After Rolling Ankle

Aaron Brooks left the Rockets game in San Antonio after rolling his ankle after a halfcourt buzzer beater attempt. He was clearly in a lot of pain and was carried off the court arm-in-arm by the Rockets training staff. 

More on Brooks' injury as it becomes available.

EDIT: Rockets.com's Jason Friedman reports that Brooks has left for x-rays on his ankle and will not return to the game. Ish Smith is starting the second half at point guard for the Rockets.

EDIT 2: ClutchFans has the video available. Not for the squeamish.

EDIT 3: Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports that x-rays on Brooks ankle were negative. Now it appears to be a matter of the sprain diagnosis. 

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Kyle Lowry's Back Keeps Him Out Against Spurs

After missing the first two games of the season with a bad back, Lowry will again sit against San Antonio on Sunday night. Jason Friedman of Rockets.com tweeted that Lowry would not make the trip with the team and was still considered day-to-day.

Aaron Brooks will probably get a bigger share of the playing time, and Ish Smith could steal between 10-20 minutes of time as well as the Rockets don't have anyone else on the roster really capable of playing point guard. 

The Rockets will also probably be without Brad Miller, who continues to battle an ankle injury. That will give Jordan Hill a chunk of playing time again behind Yao Ming and Luis Scola. 

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Shane Battier Talks About Yao Ming's Health, Houston's Depth, And The Start Of Training Camp

Who better to turn to than Shane Battier for commentary on various topics concerning the Houston Rockets? How is Yao Ming looking? What does he think of the team’s impressive depth? Do the Rockets have too many assets? Battier joined KILT in Houston late last week to talk about these topics and more. Below are several of his transcribed quotes (via: SRI).

On how Yao Ming looks in camp:

“Big fella is in there. He’s in there a lot more than I thought he would be. He’s in there every day getting up and down. For missing an entire year, he doesn’t look half bad…’The 24-minute limit’, that’s a long ways away. I don’t think you are going to see Yao play 24 minutes for a long time. We can’t start talking about minute limit and when he can play in games and what he is going to do in the fourth quarter. That’s premature talk. He’s going to manage at his own speed. It may be at the start of the season. It may be at the All-Star break. He’s going to take whatever time he needs to get ready. We’ll welcome him back when he is ready.”

On if there is too much depth on this team:

“If you look back at our history, we don’t have a long history of great health. Most years we are trying to scrap together five guys on the court, five healthy guys. So to have as many guys as we do, it’s almost an embarrassment. It’s a good problem to have. You need horses to win in the playoffs. If we stay healthy and play together, we are a playoff team.”

On President Obama’s game:

“He is a serviceable pickup player. He didn’t embarrass himself, but he is just one of those guys that can handle the rock a little bit and shoot it a little bit. He’s a guy who always ends up beating you on the playground.”

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Rockets Injuries: Lowry Out Two Games With Bruised Knee

Houston Rockets guard Kyle Lowry will sit out the team's next two preseason games with a bruised knee, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Houston Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry will miss two preseason games after an MRI exam showed that he has a bone bruise in his right knee.

The 6-foot Lowry said Friday that he will sit out Houston's games this weekend, but will travel with the team when it leaves Sunday for a weeklong tour of China that includes two games against New Jersey.

Lowry has had a fantastic start to the preseason so far. He recorded seven assists in 24 minutes in Houston's win over San Antonio Thursday night. He re-signed with the Rockets in the offseason and is due to make $5.75 million in 2011.

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