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Gerald Green Likely Out for Season with Fracture in Left Foot

The Houston Rockets could be a team to watch this season. They have a new point guard in Russell Westbrook and picked up other pieces such as Ben McLemore and Thabo Sefolosha. The Rockets also re-signed one of their bench players in guard/forward Gerald Green. But there is a chance that the Rockets will go through the season with Green. According to reports, Green will likely be out for the season with a left foot injury.

Earlier this week, Shams Charania reported that Green suffered a broken foot. Green was initially set to be sidelined for a few months. Now, the Rockets fear that Green’s injury is a Lisfranc fracture. If the injury is a Lisfranc fracture, Green will miss the season with a season-ending surgery.  Until then, Green will see another specialist to get confirmation.

Green’s injury occurred during a Rockets preseason game against the Toronto Raptors. The Rockets beat the Raptors 118-111. Green had five points and four rebounds in 19 minutes.  He threw down a put-back dunk and started limping a few plays later. The injury was believed to be a sprain, but further examinations proved otherwise.

Last season, Green averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds. He played 73 games and came off the bench in each one. Green spent the last two seasons with the Rockets, and he re-signed with the Rockets on a one-year, $2.6 million deal.

Green is a key player off the Rockets bench. He is a shooter who shot over 40 percent from the field last season, as well as 35.4 percent from 3-point range. The Rockets could use his shooting as they go through the 2019-20 season.

The Rockets have other options such as McLemore and Sefolosha, to fill the void of Green. However, Green’s injury remains a significant blow. If his injury is as severe as it seems, the Rockets must utilize their players.

 

 

 

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