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Nene out with strained right shoulder

The big man will not play Monday.

NBA: New York Knicks at Houston Rockets Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

According to Jonathan Feigen, Nene strained his right shoulder and will be out for the time being.

Just as soon as all the Rockets are healthy, the injury bug strikes again.

Nene scored 10 points on 4-4 shooting in last night’s 117-102 win over the Knicks. He played 14 minutes in last night’s contest and Tarik Black came in to the game to clean up the fourth quarter minutes. The Rockets were up double digits, and Mike D’Antoni has gone to Black in fourth quarters where the Rockets are winning.

Black will be the main beneficiary while Nene is out. No timetable has been given but these injuries don’t tend to last for an extended period of time.

Given his fragility, however, the Rockets may look to keep him out for a longer period of time. Hopefully he won’t miss too long though, as he is a huge part of the team.