Report: Nene out for Playoffs with Left Adductor Tear

The Rockets have announced that center Nene will miss the remainder of the playoffs after suffering a left adductor tear. The injury took place in Sunday night’s Game 4 win over the Spurs. He was averaging 10.0 PPG and 4.6 RPG this postseason.

This injury really hurts the Rockets going forward. Throughout the season, he showed that he was the one of the biggest steals of free agency. He had a bounce in his game and played a lot younger than his age. He even had a game in the series against the Thunder where he went 12-12 from the field with 28 points and 10 rebounds. His veteran leadership and experience was key to the success of the Rockets in the regular season and has shown during their playoff run.

Nene will be missed especially on the offensive end. He worked well with James Harden in the pick and roll and finished well at the rim. He was also able to hit the mid range jumper occasionally. His effort and rebounding also gave the Rockets energy.

Going forward, it will be interesting to see what Mike D’Antoni decides to do at the center position. In Sunday night’s game, we saw him put Ryan Anderson as the backup center and move Eric Gordon into the starting lineup to start the 2nd half. He has been hesitant on playing the younger big men, most notably Montrezl Harrell. But at this point, he might have to see some playing time. His athleticism could be a nightmare for the Spurs’ big men, as Harrell does a nice job of running the court in transition.

All in all, Nene’s impact will be missed. But, the Rockets are capable of filling the void with their young, athletic big men.

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