Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, is expected to miss the remainder of the Las Vegas Summer League due to a sore hamstring, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. While the injury is not expected to be serious, he will undergo an MRI as a precaution, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon added.
Green suffered the injury late in the first half of the Rockets matchup with the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. With just under three minutes left in the second quarter, Green rose up for a pull-up jumper that fell short and started hobbling back the other way. You can see him at the top of the screen moving awkwardly as play changes direction.
While it would have been nice for Green to get a few more reps with his future teammates, the good news for the Rockets is that this doesn’t appear to be a serious issue. Barring some sort of setback, Green should be ready to go for training camp, which will get underway on Sept. 28.
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Another positive for the Rockets is that Green was absolutely terrific when he was on the court in Vegas. He went for 23 points and five rebounds in his debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers and over two-plus games put up 61 points on 19-of-37 from the field and 10-of-19 from 3-point land.
Green spent last season playing for the G League Ignite, and as expected looked more than comfortable against this level of competition. Actual NBA games will be a step up, of course, but Green has the athleticism and scoring ability to contribute right from day one, which is why he’s one of the favorites to win Rookie of the Year next season.