Rockets news: James Ennis set to return vs. Warriors barring practice setback
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Rockets’ James Ennis set to return vs. Warriors barring practice setback

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Houston Rockets small forward James Ennis will play against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at Oracle Arena as long as he doesn’t suffer a setback in Wednesday’s practice, according to Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni.

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

James Ennis is averaging 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for the Rockets this season. The 28-year-old forward is shooting 48.9 percent from the floor, 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.0 percent from the free-throw line. He has played in 23 games this year.

The Rockets enter their matchup versus the Warriors on a five-game winning streak.

After splitting time between the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons last season, James Ennis signed a two-year, $3.46 million deal with Houston in the offseason. His stats won’t ever jump off the page, but Ennis is a guy who can defend wing players at a high level and hit open shots from the perimeter.

Rockets All-Star point guard Chris Paul and shooting guard Eric Gordon are currently sidelined for the Rockets, so the return of James Ennis is crucial. It gives Houston another live body.