The hits keep on coming for the Rockets.
Houston is already without Kostas Papanikolaou, Terrence Jones, and Patrick Beverly for their upcoming game with the Timberwolves. They may be without Donatas Motiejūnas on top of that. Fox 26's Mark Berman reports that Motiejūnas is suffering from lower back pain:
Rockets injury report: Corey Brewer (left oblique strain), Dwight Howard (right knee edema),Josh Smith(right ankle sprain)are probable(more)— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 26, 2015
Rockets injury report: Donatas Motiejunas (low back pain) is questionable. Pat Beverley, Terrence Jones and Kostas Papanikolaou are out.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 26, 2015
Motiejūnas has started every game for the Rockets since Jan. 3 (39 games), averaging 13.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. With both Terrence Jones and Motiejūnas out, Josh Smith would be the last man standing for the Rockets at power forward.
Jones is currently recuperating from a collapsed lung that suffered against the Nuggets on March 19. Jones spent the night in the hospital for observation and his timetable for returning is unclear. Kostas Papanikolaou has been out for over a month with an ankle injury.
Thankfully, the Rockets welcomed back Dwight Howard last night in their win over the Pelicans. Howard posted 4 points, 7 rebounds, and a block in 16 minutes played.
Even with all the other injuries, the worst maybe to the Rockets' starting point guard Patrick Beverley. Beverley left Monday's game against the Pacers early with an apparent wrist injury. The apparent wrist injury is a torn ligament, that may require season-ending surgery.
Source: Houston guard Patrick Beverley has a torn ligament in his wrist and next step will be determined after an evaluation in 7-10 days.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 25, 2015
NBA sources confirm Pat Beverley has a torn ligament in his left wrist. He will get a 2nd opinion to decide if he needs to undergo surgery— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 26, 2015
There is no timetable for Beverley's return, if he can return at all. If the Rockets are without their starting point guard, Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will have to fill in. The strain maybe too much for the Rockets going forward - Terry's minutes are limited at his age, Prigioni is inexperienced in the system, and putting James Harden at the point all the time will stagnate the offense.
The best Rockets fans can hope for is Beverley returning in a limited capacity to give Houston body to throw out there.