Rockets’ Terrence Jones out a week with partially collapsed lung
He spent the night in a local hospital after injuring his ribs during Thursday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
Jones scored 10 points in nine minutes before leaving the game for good in the first half of the 118-108 victory.
Houston was led by All-Star guard James Harden, who scored a career-high 50 points (12-27 FG), adding 10 rebounds and four assists. He is the fifth NBA player to top the 50-point mark this season.
Rockets coach Kevin McHale provided an update on Jones’ condition after the game.
“He’s at the hospital,” McHale said, according to CBS Houston. “They’ll keep him overnight. They’re doing some more tests on him.”
“Terrence had 10 points in eight minutes,” McHale added. “He might’ve been trying to rival James if he hadn’t gotten hurt. I think Terrence will be done for a little bit. I think it’s pretty sore, so we’ll have to go with Josh (Smith) and Joey (Dorsey).”
The third-year forward missed 41 games earlier this season with a nerve injury. He is averaging 12.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 25 games this season for Houston (46-22), which has won three games in a row and sits in third place in the Western Conference, one game behind the Memphis Grizzlies.
- Scooby Axson