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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rockets' center Greg Smith looks to return on Sunday

By on 12/12/2013 11:30:00 AM

Houston Rockets backup power forward Greg Smith has only played in four games this season due to knee injury.  But he made significant progress in practice yesterday and is hopeful to return on Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.

As reported by Jonathan Feigen at Ultimate Rockets, Smith's last action was a one-minute cameo appearance against the New York Knicks on November 14.  In fact, all of his appearances have been of the same sort, with the exception of an 11-minute run against the Los Angeles Clippers on November 4.  But Smith was optimistic yesterday following a long one-on-one session with Donatas Motiejunas

“They said Sunday, if not Sunday, Wednesday for sure.  feel real good. Still more work to put in. More rehab. Make sure it’s 100 percent. I don’t want to go out there too early. Today was real good. I didn’t feel any pain or anything like that. We want to make sure everything (stays) the same, no swelling. We want to make sure every day gets better and better.”
Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson  liked what he saw out of Smith and is also optimistic.

“Greg looked good.  I thought there was a chance he might be able to play tomorrow night or Friday, but they’re saying Sunday. He’ll be good and ready by then.”
Getting Smith back could be a big boost to the bench. Since Omer Asik is also sidelined, Motiejunas has been seeing the bulk of the minutes as the backup center.

Smith is in third season out of Fresno State. He played in  70 games last year and averaged 6 points and 4.6 assists per game. Expect Smith to play around 15 minutes per game upon his return and post similar numbers as last season in his backup role.



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