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NBA Summer League: Jalen Green tweaks hamstring in Rockets loss vs. Raptors

Not what you wanted to see.

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - Houston Rockets v Toronto Raptors Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green left Thursday night’s Summer League contest against the Toronto Raptors in the middle of the second quarter with a hamstring injury.

If you’re a Rockets fan, this is the last thing you would want to see.

Luckily for Green and fans, the injury appears to be mild and according to head coach Stephen Silas, sitting Green for the rest of the game is only precautionary.

As Green injured his hamstring, the Rockets were in the middle of a run to pull themselves back into a game after sloppy play put them in a 20-point hole early in the game.

The Rockets needed some cough syrup tonight after turning the ball over 18 times throughout the game.

Once Green left, the Raptors took advantage and parked at or near a 20-point lead for most of the game.

In exciting news, 23rd overall pick Usman Garuba made his Rockets debut tonight less than 24 hours after landing in Las Vegas.

Garuba did not play the first two Summer League games due to his Olympic commitment to Spain and his buyout dispute with Real Madrid that was resolved earlier this week.

The Spanish rookie finished the game scoreless but grabbed six rebounds in 12 minutes of action.

It’s hard to critique Garuba’s performance considering he has been traveling the world and is likely jet-lagged beyond belief.

While tonight was not the result the Rockets and Red Nation wanted, fans should be thankful that Green’s injury appears to not be serious and that there is still a batch of exciting players on the roster that will lead this team to a lot of wins in the future.

The Rockets play its fourth Summer League game Sunday against the Orlando Magic. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. CT.