One of the key members of the current Rockets unit, Christian Wood, suffered an ankle injury during their contest against the Memphis Grizzlies. The player had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair.
Houston Rockets are still finding their rhythm after being ushered into a new era following the exits of Mike D’Antoni, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
Wood’s injury serves as the latest blow, with the 25-year-old being one of the key players for the side alongside John Wall.
The power forward could only contest for 20 minutes on the court before suffering the ill-fated injury. While he was able to walk off the court with the help of his teammates, he eventually had to take the assistance of the wheelchair where he left in tears.
“It didn’t look great,” coach Stephen Silas said after the game. “It was unfortunate.”
The early signs based on the reactions do not look good for Wood and the franchise. The severity of the injury or the time frame for his return is yet to be known.
“Christian Wood will undergo an MRI tomorrow to determine the severity of his ankle injury, a source said. He missed three games after rolling the ankle in similarly ugly fashion last month,” ESPN’s Tim McMahon reported
Christian Wood has been instrumental for Rockets
Rockets have done surprisingly well ever since losing James Harden to Brooklyn Nets in a trade deal. Christian Wood is currently averaging 22.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game on 55.3 percent shooting from the field and 39.7 percent shooting from 3-point range.
The player was on his way to yet another fruitful outing against the Grizzlies before disaster struck. He had already racked up 17 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes of action for the side.
Rockets are building momentum with 7 wins out of their last 8 matches. The latest run of form has improved their record to a great extent which currently reads 11-10. Placed 10th on the Western Conference table, they next face the San Antonio Spurs.