The Houston Rockets are coming off a disappointing loss against the Joel Embiid-led Philadelphia 76ers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Embiid imposed his will on the Rockets, to the tune of 41 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists.
The Rockets have lost four of the last five games on their current road trip, with their only victory coming against the Detroit Pistons. Strangely enough, the Rockets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, but have struggled against the likes of the Chicago Bulls and even the Pistons, in spite of the victory.
Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks could be pivotal, not only because the Rockets will want to close the road trip out on a positive note, but also because the Rockets were bumped out of the play-in race with Monday's lost to the Sixers.
Not to mention the fact that the Rockets won't play again until Saturday and wouldn't be able to avenge a loss for awhile. This game represents the first match between the two teams and one of only two games between the teams this season.
The 23-17 Knicks are also coming off a disappointing defeat on MLK Day against the Orlando Magic, who led 80-73 at the start of the final period and never let up. Cole Anthony had 10 of his 15 points in the fourth, leaving the Knicks with no counter.
Tonight's game could get even more difficult for the Knicks, as All-Star guard Jalen Brunson is questionable with a calf contusion. Josh Hart is also questionable with a knee injury.
Losing their leading scorer and one of their best rebounders in Hart would be tough to overcome.
The full injury report is below.
Houston Rockets injury report:
- Victor Oladipo-out with patellar tendon injury
- Tari Eason-out with lower leg injury
- Reggie Bullock- questionable with lower back injury
Knicks injury report:
- Jalen Brunson-questionable with calf contusion
- Josh Hart- questionable with knee injury
- Mitchell Robinson-out with ankle injury