With Trevor Ariza getting hurt yesterday against the Suns, the Rockets will yet again need to adopt the “next man up” mentality.
In yesterday afternoon’s game against the Suns, Trevor Ariza went down at the beginning with a hamstring injury. The Rockets needed someone to help carry that load the rest of the game and Gerald Green stepped up and provided 8 points, including 2 makes from deep.
Green will need to continue this mentality and help the offense of the Rockets even more. Today, it was announced by Jonathan Feigen that Ariza will be out at least a week.
Losing Ariza is yet another injury in the midst of an unfortunate season for Houston in that regard. Chris Paul and James Harden along with Luc Mbah a Moute have all missed a decent amount of time this year with the injury bug.
Can Green come in and fit smoothly with the Rockets like he did during Harden’s absence?
Why Gerald Green will be able to step up
Gerald Green played incredibly well during the injury of James Harden. Between December 29 and January 15, he averaged 17.3 points per game for his brand new team. That also includes 3 games of 20+ points.
On the year, he is also shooting nearly 41% from 3. Pairing him with James Harden could lead to some big nights for Green.
Also, Gerald Green is an athletic beast. He might just break the rim down if he gets the chance to catch an alley-oop from the Bearded one.
Green is a player that can step into a game at any moment and contribute to a victory. His defense has been solid with Houston, even though that isn’t something he has been good at historically. His offense has been everything the Rockets could want and much more. Overall, Gerald Green is the type of player that should take this opportunity by the horns and play lights-out while Ariza is hurt.
Hopefully, Trevor Ariza comes back as soon as he can. Hamstring injuries are certainly tricky. Thankfully for the Rockets, though, they have a guy like Gerald Green just waiting to get his shot…literally.
*All stats via Basketball-Reference*