Houston Rockets forward Patrick Patterson will unexpectedly be sidelined, after a MRI was performed Saturday morning.
The results were not favorable, as tests showed Patterson has a bone bruise in his right foot.
The brawny forward is averaging 13.2 points per game, along with 4.8 rebounds. The physicality that Patterson possesses certainly doesn’t match the low rebound numbers, but his defensive significance is important to this young Rockets team.
While Patterson has yet to have a double figure rebounding game this season, he did have a strong offensive stretch in the final seven games of November.
Patterson and the Rockets coaching staff have tried to capitalize on his ability to stretch the floor this season, much like he did during his collegiate career with Kentucky. So far that experiment has been a work in progress. Patterson has already attempted 42 three pointers, and made just 14 of them.
During his absence, swing-forward Marcus Morris is expected to earn the starting nod. Morris had a strong offensive stretch in mid-November, and starting minutes may spark a similar performance.
Morris is currently a mystery for the Rockets. The goal is to maximize his potential, and the question is at what position? Is he a small forward, or a power forward?
The term “tweener” is frequently used now in basketball. While it’s a huge plus to have a versatile player, the certainty of what position the player can succeed in most, is always a battle. With Morris possibly seeing extending starting minutes, the answer may not be far.
The Rockets are also expected to recall Terrence Jones from D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and expect him to be with the team for a matinee meeting tomorrow against the Raptors.
Patrick Patterson will go through additional tests in the coming days, no timetable for his return is set.