Through the first two games of the Houston Rockets' 2021 Summer League, Jalen Green had lived up to the immense expectations that were placed upon him. The former G-League Ignite star had averages of 24 points, and 5 rebounds, while posting insane shooting efficiency.
Green had made 52% of his field goals, 50% of his 3-pointers, and 92% of his free throws, which were all better than his G-League average splits of 46.1%/36.5%/82.9%.
In the Rockets' third Summer League game against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, Green got off to yet another good start, scoring 13 points on 4-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-5 from long-range (60%), while also grabbing 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 12 minutes of action.
However, Green left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and didn't return to the game. Rockets coach Stephen Silas was asked about the injury during the game and stated that the Rockets were going to be cautious with Green in handling his injury and determining his timeline for return. After the game, reports surfaced that the Rockets were going to likely sit Green in their two remaining games, which essentially confirmed what Silas stated.
Doctor provides recovery for Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green's hamstring injury
But outside of that, very little details were revealed regarding the nature of the injury and exactly how long such an injury would have him sidelined. Fortunately for Rockets fans, we were able to turn to our good friend Okeezie, who is a Sports Medicine Physical Therapist, (follow him on Twitter at @OkeezieSportsPT) for extensive details on the elements of Green's injury.
"With Jalen I think it's more of his style of play combined with probably some underlying weakness in that leg. He is an explosive player who uses that explosion to jump and to accelerate on his drives.
That level of explosion leads to an injury like this, with underlying weakness in that leg. He is putting high levels of force through his hamstrings with his speed and leaping ability."
Okeezie also stated that Green likely has a Grade 1 hamstring strain, and revealed the timeline for recovery from such an injury.
"If this were the regular season, 2 weeks minimum. But he has all of the time that he needs this offseason."
There were reports that Green had his hamstring wrapped prior to the game, which Okeezie also spoke about.
"He definitely was already injured, which is why they ruled him out so quickly from the rest of Summer League."
Fortunately for the Rockets, training camp doesn't start until September 28th, which will give Green the necessary time to fully recover from the Grade 1 hamstring strain. If Green is in fact held out for the rest of the Summer League, he had an impressive campaign, to say the least.
As for Okeezie, he practices sports medicine in the Cypress/Northwest Houston area, but has a mobile clinic and can come to your home or office to provide all services on-site. For more details about Okeezie's practices and how to book appointments, visit campusmotion.org.