The ongoing injury bug that has bit the Rockets time and time again this season struck on the final regular season game of the year. On a night where the Rockets were riding the high of the blow-out win over Utah coupled with the Spurs loss which allowed them to capture the Southwest Division Title and 2 seed an injury marred making it a perfect night.
During the latter stages of the game with the reserves on the court K.J. McDaniels went up for a dunk slamming it so hard he hit his wrist on the rim injuring it. We learned today he fractured it and will be lost most likely for the entirety of the post season.
Since coming over from Philly we’ve seen precious little of the swing man on the court, but lately we’ve witnessed his potential specifically in the first of the two games versus San Antonio when he showcased his hops. He’s immensely talented with a high ceiling and extremely athletic.
And the same play with sound, making it all the more impressive:
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Many were hoping for more playing time from him (he played in only 10 games since being acquired for a total of 33 minutes) , head coach Kevin McHale is notoriously stubborn in sticking with his established veterans. The truth is it’s unlikely he would have seen much time on the court in the post season since generally teams shorten their bench. Given the Rockets already are short handed after losing Donatas Motiejunas to a back injury and subsequent surgery as well as Patrick Beverley to a torn wrist ligament the loss of McDaniels shortens the already abridged bench.
For now, we’ll wait to learn more details, but assume he’s gone until next season. Cross your fingers the injury won’t require longer than a month to heal as certainly the Rockets will be looking to work with him this summer so they can utilize him more next season.
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