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Jalen Green injury update will not please Rockets fans

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The message is clear from Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas: rookie star Jalen Green won’t be back in action any time soon.

Ahead of Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic, Silas noted that Green has made some progress in his recovery from hamstring injury. However, it has been slow and they don’t expect him to be back for at least another week.

“Nothing really new. He is still injured. He is progressing in a good manner but slowly,” Silas said of the Rockets’ top rookie, per USA Today. “We’re just going to continue to evaluate week-by-week. But he’s not going to play any time soon.”

Jalen Green has been out since late November after injuring his right hamstring against the Chicago Bulls. Friday’s game against the Magic is the fourth contest he has missed because of the injury, and by the looks of it, he could end up missing more than 10 games.

However, the Rockets really have no reason to rush Green back from his injury. They know very well they can’t contend for the playoffs this year, which is why they are not playing John Wall as well. At 5-16 on the season, Houston is in a rebuilding campaign and all they want is to give their young core as much experience as possible.

With that said, they can afford to let Green rest and have him back when he is 100 percent healthy instead of risking another long-term injury.