Trevor Ariza of the Houston Rockets is expected to miss at least a week of action due to a hamstring injury after going down in the opening minutes of Sunday’s game.
When Chris Paul, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Clint Capela start, the Rockets are 16-1. And that is the problem. The Rockets have had all five of their starters available in only 17 of the team’s first 48 games.
Injuries have been a factor for Houston so far this year, and now, they’ll have to weather yet another injury storm.
Trevor Ariza landed awkwardly on his left leg after getting fouled on a driving dunk attempt in Sunday’s game. Ariza knocked down his two free throws, took an intentional foul, and then headed straight for the locker room.
“He probably will not play on the road trip. I hate it for Trevor. We’re just trying to get the band together. Everybody’s going through it. We’ll go through it. He’ll be back as soon as he can and we’ll be fine.”
After Tuesday’s game in Houston, the Rockets will play four consecutive games on the road. Their road trip will come to a halt after they face Miami on Feb 7. Ariza missed just three games due to injury in his first three seasons in a Rockets uniform. The 32-year-old has missed two games due to injury and an additional two games due to a suspension this year. Fortunately, the Rockets are 4-0 without Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute is a more than capable starter.
Chris Paul is also questionable heading into Tuesday’s game against the Magic. CP3 sat out the entire fourth quarter on Sunday after experiencing some soreness in his left groin muscle.
The Rockets will lean heavily on Gerald Green‘s production off of the bench again. Green averaged 17.3 points per game between Dec 29 and Jan 15. The Rockets were without James Harden and Mbah a Moute during most of those games, so Green’s production was more of a necessity than an added bonus. Hopefully he can replicate some of those numbers if Ariza and Paul miss an extended amount of time.