The Houston Rockets will take on the Orlando Magic for the second time this month, but they’ll have to win without Trevor Ariza.
Despite a few injuries and suspensions, the Rockets have been rolling as of late. Houston has recently defeated the Warriors and the Wolves and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games.
Tonight, they’ll take on the Orlando Magic before heading out for a four game road trip. At 14-34, the Magic hold the worst record in the NBA, but the Rockets can’t take this team lightly. Orlando has had big wins against the Celtics and Wolves over the last two weeks, and they lost to Cleveland by just one point on Jan. 18.
The Rockets expect Trevor Ariza to miss at least the next five games with a hamstring injury. Luc Mbah a Moute will get the nod to start in his place and Gerald Green should also see a lot of court time.
Chris Paul is also questionable for tonight’s matchup due to a sore groin. Paul felt pain in his groin muscle during Houston’s last game in Phoenix, and it caused him to miss the conclusion of the matchup. CP3 also left a game early back on Dec. 20 against the Lakers due to a sore left adductor. Paul missed the next three games before returning on Dec. 29 to face the Wizards.
If Paul is held out again, Eric Gordon will start and handle the backup point guard duties. Green would play an even bigger role off of the bench as he would be the second unit’s best scorer. With that in mind, here’s what you should watch for tonight against the Magic.
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