Reserve center out 2-4 weeks with moderate to severe ankle sprain.
Posted by Matt Moore
Chuck Hayes took a bad fall in practice, bad enough to require a wheelchair Thursday. It was later announced that Hayes has a moderate to severe sprain of his right ankle and is out for 2-4 weeks. Which means the Rockets are pretty much doomed down low.
The Rockets are already without Yao Ming, obviously. Brad Miller can't put in long minutes at his age. Which means that Jordan Hill will be getting significant time at center. Which is not good for, oh, what's the word? Winning.
The Rockets brought in a tremendous amount of front court help this year in order to have depth behind Ming. But now for two weeks, the Rockets won't have the stout defensive reserve center or their starting center who is out for the year. For a team that hasn't been nearly good enough defensively all year, that's pretty terrible news.
So along with the Magic, Knicks, and Suns, the Rockets are also looking for a good center. We are having serious problems with defensive big man depth.