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Friday, December 6, 2013

Rockets' center Omer Asik out at least a week

By on 12/06/2013 06:00:00 AM

 The Houston Rockets were without center Omer Asik during Wednesday's 97-88 loss to the Phoenix Suns due to a thigh contusion. It appears the 13-7 Rockets, in second place in the Southwest Division, will be without their backup center for a while longer.

 Jason Friedman, reporter, tweeted on the status of Asik.
Donatas Motiejunas backed up Dwight Howard on Wednesday in place of Asik, but played only six minutes.  Greg Smith could see action until Asik returns, but he's been out with a sprained right knee and has played in only two games this season..  Unless the Rockets are comfortable with giving Motiejunas additional minutes, Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones will be forced to play the bulk of the minutes in the front court.  The Rockets have been employing a two forward, three guard lineup of Howard, Jones, Francisco Garcia, Patrick Beverly and James Harden.

Asik was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2nd round of the 2008 NBA draft. He never played for the Blazers and made his NBA debut with the Chicago Bulls during the 2010-2011 season.  Asik started all 82 games last year with the Rockets and averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.  Primarily a backup this season, he's averaged 4.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game.


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