John Wall-Victor Oladipo Rockets debut will have to wait a while longer due to injury
The Houston Rockets will not see their new-look rotation at full strength at least until next week. While the newly acquired Victor Oladipo made his debut Monday night against the Chicago Bulls, point guard John Wall remains sidelined due to knee issue.
Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said he met with Wall on Wednesday, adding that the former All-NBA guard is unlikely to return until sometime after the weekend.
“We actually had a meeting today, trying to figure out what the best way to handle his injury is gonna be,” Silas said, via Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic. “It doesn’t look like he’s gonna play tonight, and it doesn’t look like he’s gonna play over the weekend. But after the weekend it looks like he’ll be back.”
John Wall has not played since their Jan. 12 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the same night James Harden infamously chastised the talent on the roster prior to his trade from the Rockets. The entire organization is likely to be wary of his health, considering Wall is still in the early stages of his return from a torn Achilles.
Victor Oladipo, meanwhile, excelled in his Rockets debut. The former Indiana Pacers star showed old form as a gifted shot-creator and downhill scorer, pouring in 32 points while also dishing out nine assists and grabbing five rebounds. Oladipo shot 13-for-23 from the field, including 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. While the seven turnovers were a bit of a damper (as was the loss), Houston has to be encouraged with Oladipo’s first showing.
Silas was reported to have had a key role in Houston’s maneuvering to land Oladipo as part of the Harden blockbuster. He will hope the former Indiana star can develop chemistry with Wall, though that first glimpse into the new backcourt will not come until next week.