Chuck Hayes out for preseason with ankle sprain
Posted on: October 20, 2010 2:58 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:56 pm
Houston Rockets forward Chuck Hayes has suffered an ankle injury that will keep him until opening night. Posted by Ben Golliver. Sam Amick of AOL Fanhouse reports on Twitter that Houston Rockets forward Chuck Hayes has suffered an ankle injury that will keep him out of the Rockets' final two preseason games. Those two games are a Texas two-step, as Houston travels to San Antonio to face the Spurs Thursday night and to Dallas to take on the Mavericks on Friday night. Marc Spears reports on Twitter that it is a "mild to moderate sprain" so one would expect Hayes will be ready to go on opening night. The Rockets open the regular season in Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Oct. 26. Hayes had played in all six of Houston's preseason games to date, and had averaged 6.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game. The Rockets have been spreading around the minutes during the preseason, in part because franchise center Yao Ming is on a strict minute limit. Indeed, Jason Friedman of Rockets.com reports on Twitter that coach Rick Adelman plans to hold Ming out of Thursday's game against the Spurs. This should be a good chance for some of Houston's younger players, like second-year power forward Jordan Hill or rookie forward Patrick Patterson, to see some more court time in Hayes's absence.