The Houston Rockets have been without star rookie Jalen Green for nearly a month as he deals with a hamstring injury, but it looks as if the No. 2 overall pick could be making his way back to action. According to Shams Charania, Green is expected to return to game action on Thursday when the Rockets take on the Indiana Pacers.
After missing one month due to hamstring injury, Rockets prized rookie Jalen Green will return on Thursday vs. Pacers in Indianapolis, sources tell me and @KellyIkoNBA.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 21, 2021
Green hasn't played since Nov. 24 due to his ailing hamstring, so he will be eager to get back on the court and continue his rookie season.
Across 18 games this year, Green has shown flashes of greatness but has struggled with his shot. The 19-year-old is averaging 14.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game while shooting at a 38.2% clip from the field, and just 27.8% from 3-point territory.
The Rockets opted to keep him out for the first night of their back-to-back on Wednesday, giving him an extra day to recover before he suits up in Indianapolis on Thursday. Following the bout with the Pacers, Green's next chance to play will be at Charlotte on Monday, Dec. 27, giving him a few days rest in between games.
Green, a San Joaquin Memorial High School graduate, opted against played college basketball, instead choosing to join the NBA G-League. He became the highest-ever draft pick from a G-League player when the Rockets picked him second overall in 2021. The team will be eager to get their prized investment back on the court and continue his development in what is ultimately a rebuild year in Houston.