The Houston Rockets take on the Golden State Warriors for the second time in three weeks, with hopes of getting even from the last matchup. The Rockets overcame a 12-point deficit and led by two points with a little less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Then Stephen Curry took over. And went absolutely nuclear, scoring 14 of the Dubs’ final 18 points, including four consecutive 3-pointers.
Curry was 2-of-8 with just 10 points entering the final period, and it was only going to be a matter of time before Curry got hot. Rockets fans have seen this movie far too many times before.
Monday’s game between the two teams could be even more challenging, as the Rockets may not have the services of talented big man Alperen Sengun, who has been playing at an All-NBA level this season, with averages of 20.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 59.1 percent from the field, and 62.4 percent true shooting.
Sengun was surprisingly given a questionable tag on the injury report in the waning hours before tipoff, with what’s being considered as a bruised lower back.
This could likely be a safety precaution, as the Rockets are playing their first back-to-back of the season and will have four games in a seven-day span after tonight’s game. Sengun had an ankle injury earlier in the season that he ultimately played through, so the Rockets could be trying to give him an opportunity to finally rest.
Full Rockets injury report vs. Warriors
Rockets second-year forward Tari Eason will miss tonight’s game, as he continues to recover from the leg injury he suffered during the preseason (stress reaction in his left leg). The Rockets have limited Eason to just 17 minutes per contest since his return and have also limited him in practices.
Rockets rookie Amen Thompson will also be out, as he continues to recover from the Grade 2 ankle sprain that he suffered on November 1st against the Charlotte Hornets. Thompson’s injury was expected to sideline him for 2-4 weeks and the Rockets haven’t cleared him to return to practice yet.
Full Warriors injury report vs. Rockets
The Warriors won’t quite be at full strength either, as Gary Payton II will be out, due to a left foot strain. Rookie forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is questionable with soreness in his left leg as well.
And Draymond Green will be out due to a suspension, stemming from his actions during the Warriors’ loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves.