Rockets' Jalen Green Ruled Out vs. Bulls with Leg Injury

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVNovember 25, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 20: Jalen Green #0 of the Houston Rockets during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on October 20, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harrison Barden/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets rookie guard Jalen Green suffered a leg injury in the first half of Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls and was subsequently ruled out. 

Green scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting before he was pulled. 

Green was the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft after a year in the G League Ignite program. He enjoyed a prolific prep career that included helping Team USA win the U17 and U19 FIBA World Cups in recent years.

The dynamic offensive talent has averaged 14.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 17 games so far in his debut campaign.

Green made his unofficial Houston debut as part of the Las Vegas Summer League, but he was sidelined by a hamstring injury that led the team to shut him down for the remainder of the tournament.

The 19-year-old California native should see his role grow steadily throughout his rookie season, but the team has enough backcourt depth to overcome a short-term absence. Armoni Brooks is among the reserves who could receive more minutes.

Since Green is such an important part of the Rockets' future as they attempt to turn a corner in their rebuilding efforts, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the team remain conservative with his recovery whenever he's forced out of the lineup with an injury.