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Rockets backup C Greg Smith leaves game with knee injury

Greg Smith was set to see an increased role before the injury. (D. Clarke Evans/Getty Images) Greg Smith was set to see an increased role before the injury. (D. Clarke Evans/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets backup center Greg Smith left Thursday night's game against the New York Knicks after his right knee awkwardly buckled when he came down from a challenge of a shot by Carmelo Anthony.

CBS's Ken Berger reported that Smith suffered a right LCL sprain, but Smith will need to undergo an MRI to determine the full extent of the injury.

Smith was seeing action in just his fourth game of the season. He entered the game in the first quarter, spelling starting center Dwight Howard as he potentially moved ahead of Omer Asik in the pecking order. Asik has not played in the Rockets' game Thursday night. It comes after Asik reportedly requested a trade from the team in light of a new, reduced role as a reserve.

Smith was averaging four points and three rebounds in his four appearances.

POINT FORWARD: Asik reportedly requests trade >

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