Rockets news: James Ennis could return from hamstring injury Thursday vs. Warriors
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REPORT: James Ennis could return from hamstring injury Thursday vs. Warriors

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Houston Rockets small forward James Ennis could make his return to the lineup on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors, according to head coach Mike D’Antoni.

Ennis has been out since Dec. 11 due to a strained right hamstring. It’s the second time this year Ennis has dealt with a hamstring injury.

In the 23 games he has played in this season for Houston, Ennis is averaging 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. The 28-year-old swingman is shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Ennis signed a two-year, $3.46 million free agent deal with the Rockets in July after splitting time between the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons last season.

Houston is starting to pick up steam and rise in the Western Conference standings. The return of Ennis will give the Rockets another long perimeter defender and a guy who can knock down open jump shots. Ennis is a career 35.9 percent shooter from the 3-point line.

The Rockets looked like a shell of themselves following a 1-5 start at the beginning of the season. However, now they are starting to look like a championship contender again.

Houston enters their Monday matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies at 20-15 and has won four games in a row.