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Houston Rockets: Terrence Jones Cleared To Play

By Andre Cantalogo

Terrence Jones Back in Action this Wednesday!

After the relatively sudden news that the Houston Rockets have waived Chuck Hayes, it all seems to make more sense now that Terrence Jones is cleared to practice and looks ready to get back on court.

The Houston Rockets power forward suffered a cut on his eyelid due to an accidental poke in the eye in the Warriors game. The injury kept him out of action since October 30th, in that period of time the team suffered defending against bigger opponents attacking the rim and had to develop a new type of defense featuring Trevor Ariza playing the four and a smaller lineup with Marcus Thornton registering great numbers.

In the following post practice video, Terrence Jones is asked about the recent flush of odd injuries he’s been suffering throughout his career (the 6’9 player between last season and the start of the new one has already missed time due to collapsed lungs, nerve issues, bruised ribs and most recently in the preseason game against the Miami Heat a concussion as well).

TJ says it just comes as part of playing the game and all he can do is persevere and keep coming back:

Terrence Jones: Post Practice 11/09/15 via @houstonrockets

— André Luiz (@dededeco) November 10, 2015

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While it’s still uncertain how many minutes TJ will be available to play Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets, going forward it remains to be seen whether coach Kevin McHale will stick with his recent successful small starters or get back to the original formula with a bigger front court.

It sure is a relief to know the Rockets have at least the option of a more experienced power forward without having to rush young Montrezl Harrell development.

The other thing is Marcus Thornton’s performances. Lil’ Buckets has definitely earned his minutes and is a key piece of the offensive rotation. With the seasoned shooting guard the Houston Rockets have the option of spreading the floor and his percentage from beyond the arc has been incredibly solid so far.

Although it proves a difficult decision to make, it definitely strengthens the squad and provides McHale with options for every situation in the game.

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