Following the Houston Rockets’ 19-year-old third overall pick Jabari Smith was injured in the team’s final practice game on Wednesday, the Rockets officials recently revealed the rookie’s injury report.
Smith is a rookie selected by the Rockets with the third overall pick in the first round of this year’s NBA draft. He has excellent projectile ability and a high shooting percentage. He is also 2.08 meters tall and has an advantage in defense and can find space on the court. Shot in a timely manner, he can be used as a perimeter defense as well as a scorer.
The pre-draft rookie made his NBA debut on Monday in the Rockets’ preseason opener against the San Antonio Spurs and used his efficient shooting percentage in 24 minutes on the floor. Scored, threw 15 hits, 8 goals and 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists, helping the Rockets easily beat the Spurs 136-96.
But two days after Smith made his NBA debut, the rookie was injured in a Rockets practice on Wednesday.
Rockets assistant coach John Lucas II said Smith was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle. The team is also cautious about the rookie’s injury, so he was excluded from today’s second preseason game against the Toronto Raptors.
In addition, Rockets head coach Stephen Silas was recently infected with the new crown virus and was included in the league’s health and safety protocol, and assistant coach Lucas is currently coaching the Rockets temporarily as the acting head coach.
It is understood that the Rockets will re-evaluate Smith’s injury today to monitor the severity of the ankle injury.
The Rockets have two preseason games left, against the Miami Heat three days later and the Indiana Pacers next Saturday.
Assistant coach Lucas also revealed that it is currently uncertain whether Smith will participate in the last two preseason games, but also stressed that he will continue to observe the recovery of his ankle.
It is reported that although Smith’s ankle is sprained, the injury does not seem to be serious. Even if he misses the preseason, he is expected to be ready to play as scheduled in the NBA’s 2022-2023 regular season.
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