The Rockets’ troubles are enhanced by the fact they are battling so many injuries. There’s no Chris Paul tonight (though head coach Mike D’Antoni did say he hasn’t been ruled out for tomorrow), no Clint Capela and no Luc Mbah a Moute.
As a result of so many injuries, the Rockets have gone out and signed former Celtic (and short-time ex-Rocket) and Houston native Gerald Green. D’Antoni told the Houston Chronicle that he actually expects Green to see some court time tonight.
D'Antoni said Gerald Green will likely play tonight. Wants to cut back on Trevor Ariza's minutes, over 40 in every game since Mbah a Moute's injury.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 28, 2017
The Celtics will be without Jaylen Brown tonight and, of course, Gordon Hayward, though Marcus Morris is expected to play.
Tonight’s game, which is in Boston, is a nationally televised contest on TNT, and we’ll see which one of these suddenly cold teams can make a statement.