After breaking his hand on Sunday night in Phoenix, Houston Rockets’ sophomore forward Sam Dekker underwent surgery. He will be re-evaluated in one week.
He missed nearly all of his rookie season, but Sam Dekker has carved out a spark plug role on this year’s Houston Rockets squad. He’s put up as many as 30 points in a game, and averages 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest.
In Houston’s shorthanded win in Phoenix on Sunday night, Dekker collided with the Suns’ Jared Dudley, fracturing his left hand. It’s always bad to see a solid rotation player go down with an injury, but it’s even worse when it’s this close to playoffs.
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Some bone fractures hold players back for months, but that shouldn’t be the case this time around. According to the Houston Rockets’ website, Dek’s injury might not be all that serious. He underwent surgery yesterday, and could return to action as early as the second round of the playoffs.
It’s also worth noting that, before Ryan Anderson‘s injury, Sam’s playing time had diminished. His inaccuracy from three as of late has limited his usability on the Rockets’ roster. He’ll still get minutes when his hand heals up, but it would be a wise move on his part to spend some time in the gym this summer working on that long range shot.
It’s nice to see that Sam’s got a good attitude about the unfortunate injury. Hopefully, he’ll heal up quickly and be ready to play in the second round. (No offense Sam, but the Rockets won’t need your help against OKC in the first round)
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