Report: Trevor Ariza out for Rockets Upcoming Road Trip

By Matthew Cardenas on January 17, 2018
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Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle has reported that forward Trevor Ariza will miss the upcoming four-game road trip for the Rockets after injuring his hamstring in Sunday's win against the Phoenix Suns. Ariza left the game 36 seconds in after getting fouled on a dunk attempt by Marquese Chriss and landing awkwardly. He will also miss Tuesday's home game against the Orlando Magic. The road trip will consist of games against the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat, with three of those teams being playoff teams in their respective conferences.

The Rockets cannot seem to catch a break with injuries. The starting lineup of Chris Paul, James Harden, Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Clint Capela have only played in 17 of 48 games this season. Paul also left Sunday's game early but said he is fine. He has been declared questionable for Tuesday's game with groin soreness.

This is where their depth helps, especially at the wing. Gerald Green should be seeing a lot more playing time next week. He fell out of the rotation once Luc Mbah a Moute returned from injury, but saw playing time Sunday with Ariza leaving the game. Green had 8 points and 2 rebounds in 17 minutes, his first real action since January 15th.

Just when the Rockets were at full health for the first time in nearly a month, the injury bug strikes again. Don't be surprised to see the Rockets play it safe and sit Paul on Tuesday. But with two of the four games of the road trip being against the Cavaliers and Spurs, Ariza's absence will be severely missed.

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