The Phoenix Suns are gearing up for a pivotal matchup against the Houston Rockets. Suns star Bradley Beal has dealt with a nagging hamstring injury that held him out of several games in February. Of course, the question on everyone's mind remains: Is Bradley Beal playing against the Rockets?

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Bradley Beal injury status vs. Rockets

Suns' Bradley Beal stares in crowd

Beal was initially questionable for Thursday night's matchup, but the Suns ruled both he and Eric Gordon out shortly before tipoff, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. He originally injured his hamstring in the first half of Phoenix's Feb. 13th victory against the Sacramento Kings.

The 30-year-old shooting guard has not had the debut season he imagined. He has only appeared in 30 games so far during the 2023-24 season. Nevertheless, he retains a strong desire to help the Suns inch toward the top of the Western Conference.

Beal averages 18.2 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game. When he is on the floor, his three-level scoring ability makes the Suns' offense a nightmare for opposing defenses. Beal, along with Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, form arguably the best scoring trio in the NBA.

Phoenix enters the Suns matchup with a record of 34-24 and sits fifth in the Western Conference standings. The team had some time to rest after their 123-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 25th.

Meanwhile, the Rockets are 25-33 and have fallen to 12th place in the West. Nevertheless, Houston will be hungry for a win at the Footprint Center, one that will no doubt be easier to come by with Beal still stuck on the sidelines.