Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The Rockets have some serious injuries that have affected their play all season long.
Just when Greg Smith came back from that sprained knee, nearly half the team went down with other injuries. Earlier in the week, five different Rockets missed practice with some sort of health issue.
Perhaps most importantly, Harden rolled his left ankle in the Rockets game against Sacramento. He tried to tape it up and come back in, but it didn't work out too well and he had to shut it down.
Harden will sit out practice but doesn't plan on missing any game time. The same cannot be said about some of his injured teammates.
Jeremy Lin, who missed the game against the Kings, will probably miss some more time with back spasms, just after he returned from a knee contusion. Lin has struggled to stay healthy all season long, which is a shame because he was playing well off the bench for Houston.
Chandler Parsons has also been suffering with back spasms. He missed a couple of games earlier this month, and he continues to struggle with his lingering back issue. Without Parsons in the lineup this year, the Rockets are 0-2 in games against Utah and Phoenix. Parsons is crucial to the Rockets because he helps space the floor and create an offensive flow.
Terrence Jones missed practice as well, with flu-like symptoms. He should be ready to go for the Rockets without missing any time.
Lastly, Omer Asik has been out for some time with what's listed as a right thigh contusion. Asik has only suited up once in all of December, which may be because of trade purposes. Morey is shopping an unhappy Asik around the league, and he may be sitting out to avoid greater injury so he can be shipped off in an inevitable trade.
Amidst all of these injuries, the good news is that coach Kevin McHale is now back after missing three games due to his mother's death.