Christian Wood’s expected return date for Rockets, revealed
In a bit of good news amid a chaotic and confusing season, the Houston Rockets could get breakout center Christian Wood back as early as Tuesday, March 16.
According to Cayleigh Griffin of ATT SportsNet SW, Rockets head coach Stephen Silas noted that Wood, John Wall and Danuel House Jr. could return together when they take on the Atlanta Hawks at home. As for Victor Oladipo, there’s a chance he could play against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
Coach Silas confirms Eric Gordon will be out at least 4 weeks. He believes we could see Wood, Wall and House by Tuesday's game. Victor Oladipo will be back Sunday.
— Cayleigh Griffin (@cayleighgriffin) March 13, 2021
Sure enough, it is a much-needed development for a team that has been in a free-fall in the NBA standings since Christian Wood’s injury.
To recall, Wood suffered an ankle injury last February against the Memphis Grizzlies. Before that, the team had a pretty decent 10-10 record with Wood anchoring the middle. However, after the incident, the Rockets lost 14 straight games, the latest against Sacramento Kings franchise that is also struggling.
In the 17 games he played before suffering the injury, Wood was averaging 22.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. His rise to star status also made the Rockets decide to part ways with DeMarcus Cousins, signaling that they are committed with the 25-year-old big man to be their full-time center moving forward.
It remains to be seen whether Wood will be able to actually play after such a long absence. With that said, it is safe to expect the Rockets to play him on limited minutes and ease him back to the court.
Despite that though, Rockets fans will just be thankful to have one of their rising stars back as they look to see more competitive basketball from the team.