5 things for the Rockets to be thankful for

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4. Jeff Green's discovery of the fountain of youth

Jeff Green has turned back the clock this season, which was quite unexpected. The 37-year-old Green has become a key contributor for the Rockets' second-unit, which was also unexpected. 

Green has averaged 6.4 points and 2.7 rebounds, while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 65.1 percent true shooting (which is simply unreal), on 14.8 minutes per contest.

The 15-year vet was even added to the closing lineup in place of Jabari Smith Jr. by Rockets coach Ime Udoka earlier in the season. 

Green has become the Rockets' primary reserve at the center position, due to the struggles of Jock Landale, who has essentially been unplayable. Green seems to have jumped in the hot tub time machine and has turned the clock back to his younger days, which has exhibited his athleticism on his drives to the rim.

Eventually, the Rockets will likely find a legitimate back-up big man, as Green compromises size, due to his 6-foot-8 frame, and defense has never been his calling. But Green could be in line for an uptick in minutes, due to him drinking from the fountain of youth.