Tag:Ishmael Smith
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:53 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:34 pm

Aaron Brooks now out 4-6 weeks with ankle sprain

Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks is now expected to miss at least a month with a sprained ankle. Posted by Ben Golliveraaron-brooks

In a quick postscript to this post from last night, Rockets.com is reporting that Houston point guard Aaron Brooks has been diagnosed with a "moderate to severe left ankle sprain" and "is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks."

The Houston Chronicle reportsthat the timeline stands at 4-6 weeks and quotes Brooks' reaction, which makes it sound like he's taking the news in stride.
"I don't think I ever had an ankle injury like this before," Brooks said. "I did break my hand in college, sat out like eight weeks. Luckily, nothing is broken. It's a sprain. I'll be back to normal. You have to count your blessings."
Brooks was injured when he landed on Manu Ginobili's right foot, but said he did not think Ginobili did anything improper in defending Brooks' running 40-footer at the first-half buzzer.
On Saturday night, prior to the full diagnosis, Rockets coach Rick Adelman had said Brooks would miss at least two weeks.
By missing Sunday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to the ankle injury, Brooks snapped a consecutive games played streak that stood at 119. The last time he missed a game prior to Sunday was a Feb. 2, 2009 game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
As noted last night, in Brooks' absence, Houston would like to turn to Kyle Lowry, but back spasms kept him out of games against San Antonio and Minnesota. Look for promising rookie point guard Ishmael Smith to pick up the slack until Lowry is good to go.

On the bright side, Houston got its first win of the season against the Timberwolves, improving to 1-5. They had been the last remaining winless team in the NBA.
Posted on: November 7, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:33 pm

Aaron Brooks out 2 weeks with ankle sprain

Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks is expected to miss at least two weeks with an ankle sprain. Posted by Ben Golliveraaron-brooks Rockets.com reports on Twitter that Houston point guard Aaron Brooks is out "at least two weeks with a sprained ankle" according to Rockets coach Rick Adelman. He will not play in Houston's game Sunday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Brooks, in his fourth year out of the University of Oregon, was voted the NBA's Most Improved Player last season and is known for his immense speed off the dribble, his ability to score the basketball and his improved play-making ability.  He suffered the ankle injury in a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday and the Houston Chronicle reports that he was carried to the locker room.  In Brooks' absence, Houston would like to turn to more-than-capable backup Kyle Lowry, but he has been dealing with back spasms that kept him out of the game against San Antonio. Rockets.com also reports that Lowry will not play against Minnesota, so look for promising rookie point guard Ishmael Smith to pick up the slack. The injuries add to a nightmare start for the Rockets, who had hoped to compete for a playoff spot, but are currently in last place in the Southwest Division at 0-5.  The Rockets, as of Sunday afternoon, were the only remaining winless team in the entire league.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:22 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 2:52 pm

Report: Dampier to Rockets

Report says Dampier will sign with Rockets. Posted by Matt Moore

Our long national ... apathy may finally be over. Hoopsworld is reporting that Erick Dampier has made his decision, many moons after "The Decision", and will join the Houston Rockets as a backup center. The Rockets are at 15 players, so there will have to be cut to make room for him, likely Ishmael Smith. Smith may wind up in the Rockets' D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers who they use quite a bit.

Dampier makes for a valuable addition to the Rockets. Against the Lakers, when they had a center with size in, they flourished. Those players went out due to minute restrictions or endurance, and production dropped. They need that size, despite having an absolute plethora of bigs. Dampier gives them elite size to combat their opponents' bigger lineups. He's slow, old, and never been a great scorer, but he does his job and does it well. In limited minutes, he could pack a big punch for Houston, who has struggled in rebounding through their first two games.

Dampier had been pursued by Toronto, Portland, Phoenix and Milwaukee, with heavy talks of him signing with all three. But Dampier took his time, or those teams pursued other options, and so now Houston will bring him in and slide Chuck Hayes to backup power forward. The race for size in the Western Conference continues.

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