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Sam Dekker recalled to maybe, actually play for the Rockets this time

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Sam Dekker is back with the team just in time to hit his home turf. The Rockets bench can use him.

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The Rockets recalled rookie forward Sam Dekker from the D-league in advance of tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Dekker will join the team in Milwaukee, though he isn't expected to play tonight. However, with the Rockets getting next to nothing from their bench players, and Marcus Thornton no longer on the roster, it might not be long before the athletic Dekker gets a shot a cracking the rotation.

Dekker has missed the majority of the season with back surgery, and has spent some time getting his sea legs back under him with the Rockets' Rio Grande Valley affiliate. He'd really come on of late, averaging 13 points per game for the Vipers over the past week.

The trip to Wisconsin is also a homecoming of sorts for Dekker, who grew up in Sheboygan, a town just 60 miles north of Milwaukee, and he went to school at the University of Wisconsin. Dekker expects a nice hometown turnout tonight, despite likely riding the pine, as he told the Chron's Jonathan Feigen:

"Now I get to go home, see my family. I'm excited to get there tonight, get some dinner. I'm sure there will be a lot of Badgers fans in the Bradley Center."

Dekker also declared himself healthy, telling Feigen:

"My first few games in RGV, I wasn't jumping under my jump shot and I was leaving it flat and short. I've been working a lot in the mornings and at night, getting my heels down, and jumping and finding that rhythm. It's getting better every day."

With the Rockets reserves in need of a serious turbo boost, let's hope Dekker continues to get that rhythm down and gets on the court for the Rockets sooner rather than later.