Rockets' Sterling Brown Suffers Facial Lacerations in Assault


Rockets shooting guard Sterling Brown was assaulted Sunday night, suffering multiple facial lacerations, the team announced on Monday. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Brown was already expected to miss Monday's game against the Heat due to a knee injury. The 26-year-old didn't know his assailants and had no prior knowledge of any interactions with them, the Rockets said in the statement. 

He was reportedly jumped outside of a club in Miami on Sunday night and hit in the head with a bottle, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. It was a serious altercation that called for Brown to get immediate medical attention, according to the report. 

Rockets coach Stephen Silas said he spoke with Brown and said he was "doing better." 

"I did speak to him, and thankfully, he's going to be okay," Silas said. 

Brown is averaging 8.2 points per game and 4.4 rebounds in his 51 games for Houston this season. The Rockets (15–42) are scheduled to face the Heat in Miami (29–28) at 8:00 p.m. ET. 

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