The early signs of the new-look Houston Rockets have been promising. Sure, the Rockets went 0-3 through their first three games but the devil is always in the details.
The Rockets lost 126-122 to the San Antonio Spurs in overtime, which could've easily gone in a different direction, were it not for the questionable officiating. The Rockets also narrowly lost to the Golden State Warriors, despite having the lead in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets got smoked in the opener against the Orlando Magic, despite facing just a 3-point deficit in the second half. The Rockets secured a convincing victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, as they won 128-119, due, in large part, to stellar play from Dillon Brooks.
But although the Rockets walked away with their first win of the season, they also suffered a major loss, as Amen Thompson went down with an injury.
It's been announced that Thompson has a grade-two ankle sprain, although the timetable for recovery is uncertain.
How long will Houston Rockets rookie Amen Thompson be sidelined?
But just because the timeline for return hasn't been made public doesn't mean that we can't get those answers. As always, I turned to Space City Scoop's long-time friend and sports medicine physical therapist Okeezie for an official time period of Thompson's absence and he gave a realistic recovery window.
"Amen is looking at 2-4 weeks if it's a Grade 2 Ankle Sprain. Right now they are trying to control the swelling, maintaining his range of motion, and trying to get the ligament to heal."
The sprain instantly looked awful, and the initial thoughts were that it was the same ankle that he injured during the Summer League. Fortunately, this wasn't the case, as Thompson injured his left ankle during his eye-popping Summer League debut against Scoot Henderson and the Portland Trail Blazers, but injured his right ankle in Wednesday's victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
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The early diagnosis on Thompson's injury is generally positive, as the injury looked like it could've potentially been a broken ankle, which would've ended his season.