For the first time since April 3, Houston Rockets veteran forward Ryan Anderson will be active for Game 3 tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center, according to an article written on Saturday by Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni confirmed to members of the media that Anderson will make his 2018 playoffs debut and will be on limited minutes.
“Obviously he's not going to have his wind and stuff, so he'll play a few minutes,” coach D'Antoni said. “Just try to get him back in the groove of things.”
Anderson missed the Rockets' final four regular-season games and first two games of their first-round playoff series with the Wolves due to a sprained left ankle he suffered in a game against the Washington Wizards earlier this month.
“It's a high ankle sprain, swelling. I was hoping to (play in Game 2). We're working as hard as we can to get that swelling down. We're doing everything we can. We've been having conversations about it all week. I tried to go through practice (on Tuesday). Some things weren't feeling that great. We're going to have a few more days to get it strong, get it right,” Anderson said on Thursday, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
The 29-year old forward, who has played in 66 games and made 50 starts this season for Houston, averaged 9.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting from the field, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.0 made three-pointers per game in roughly 26.1 minutes of action per contest this regular season.
With Anderson's return, he gives them yet another threat shooting the basketball from behind the arc that Minnesota has to worry about.
Superstar guard James Harden and the top-seeded Rockets will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead with a road victory tonight over the Wolves.