Rockets guard Victor Oladipo suffered injury setback in practice
On Friday, Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said he was confident that injured security guard Victor Oladipo (strain on right foot) would return from a brief absence in time for Monday's home game against Chicago.
For a fourth game in a row, however, Oladipo was ruled out. It turned out that Silas was not overly optimistic in his earlier assessment. Rather, it was planned that Oladipo should possibly return but it had to be delayed when he suffered an unfortunate setback during Saturday's team training session.
When asked if Oladipo had a setback over the weekend, Silas said:
He has. He stepped on Rodis [Rodions Kuruc's] foot, causing a slight kickback. He was very limited in the shootaround today. Hopefully he can come back sooner rather than later. But yes, he stepped on Rodi's foot. I didn't think it was that bad I guess, but obviously it's bad enough for him not to be able to play tonight.
A two-time all-star, Oladipo joined the Rockets in January as part of the blockbuster deal and sent James Harden to Brooklyn. At 28, he's one of Houston's top goal scorers and defenders, with an average of 18.4 points and 4.9 assists in 30.9 minutes per game.
Houston's next game is on Wednesday evening in Cleveland. Late Monday it was unclear whether Oladipo would be available. As long as he's paused, the usual sixth man, Eric Gordon, will start in his place.
Missiles hoping for Victor Oladipo, PJ Tucker returning until the next game
Victor Oladipo is paused for right foot missiles
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