As if the depth of the Houston Rockets couldn’t get much worse, they may be without two players, including a star, tomorrow night against the Wizards.
The Houston Rockets are in a bit of a struggle right now, especially in regards to depth. That may be tested even more tomorrow night when they potentially play the Washington Wizards without Chris Paul and Gerald Green.
Rockets guards Chris Paul (sore left leg) and Gerald Green (sore right ankle) are questionable to play Monday against the Wizards.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 25, 2018
As I wrote about earlier today, the Rockets have struggled to put up points off the bench. Gerald Green has been a part of that struggle, averaging around half the points per game that he did last season. His shot needs to improve for him to continue to play, so hopefully, he’s healthy tomorrow night to start to turn it around.
As for Chris Paul, he obviously doesn’t come off the bench. His absence kills the depth, though, because it means that Eric Gordon has to start and not be a sparkplug off the bench. He also isn’t there to lead the bench unit, which he does so well. The Rockets are 0-3 in games without CP3 so far this season.
Who gets the minutes?
Unfortunately, that likely means that some serious minutes will go to Michael Carter-Williams. He played last night against the Cavs but was a -7 in four minutes of action. He will need to step it up and play hard tomorrow night if one or both of these guys are out. If it’s just Chris Paul, MCW still probably won’t play a ton.
Gary Clark will also need to take on more minutes in their absence. He is averaging around 17 minutes a game but will get more of a role if these guys are out. His versatility is very nice to have as an improving rookie and that will be tested if he gets more playing time. His scoring has yet to materialize, but he has the occasional nice game points-wise.
The rotation will be tight if Paul and Green are out, and that brings about the glaring issue of depth on the team. The Rockets need to sign or trade for some more guys that can fill out the roster and actually play in the system of the team, no offense to Michael Carter-Williams. The name Nick Young has been thrown out there quite a bit with Rockets Twitter. Could he come in and at least fill up some minutes for the squad?
Be sure to tune in tomorrow as the Rockets try to get their season back on track once again!