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Kevin Porter Jr. out Monday vs. Hawks, Eric Gordon off injury report

We break down the latest on the Houston Rockets injury report heading into the week.

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Kevin Porter Jr. of the Houston Rockets controls the ball during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center on November 29, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
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Update, Dec. 12 — Porter Jr. is out for Monday’s game against the Hawks, while Gordon is off the injury report and should suit up for the game.

Update, Dec. 11 — Porter Jr. is out for Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies. The forward has clearly aggravated his thigh injury and will be out for several games. Eric Gordon is also listed as out with a groin injury.

Update, Dec. 7 — Porter Jr. has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Nets with a thigh injury. It appeared the forward was able to avoid a serious injury when he played through the problem Friday, but Porter Jr. eventually had to leave that game.

Update, Dec. 3 — Porter Jr. has left Friday’s game and is unlikely to return due to aggravating his thigh injury. The Rockets will likely be more cautious going forward, as Porter Jr. was expected to miss time with the injury before suddenly being upgraded before the contest.

Update, Dec. 3 — Porter Jr. is available to play.

Update, Dec. 3 — Wood says he plans to play Friday against the Magic after leaving Wednesday’s game due to an ankle injury. Porter Jr. was initially ruled out, but has been upgraded to a game-time decision with a thigh injury.

Update, Dec. 2 — Christian Wood is being listed as probable to play Friday vs. the Orlando Magic after exiting on Wednesday night. Kevin Porter Jr. is going to miss extended time with his thigh issues, so expect him to be ruled out. Wood’s designation is encouraging.

Update — Wood has been ruled out for the remainder of Wednesday night’s game vs. the Thunder due to an ankle injury. The Rockets also lost G Kevin Porter Jr. to a thigh injury, something that has made him miss games this season. Houston loses its two best players against OKC and rookie Jalen Green is still sidelined.

The Rockets had been on a three-game winning streak, which will be tough to maintain without Woo and KPJ in the second half vs. the Thunder. If Houston can extend things, it may not even matter in the end. At 4-16, the Rockets were already tanking. It was still encouraging to see the team making some progress.

With Wood and Porter out, it’s the ... checks box score ... Garrison Mathews and Jae’Sean Tate show? Hopefully Kenyon Martin Jr. gets some more run. He played well in stretches as a rookie last season.

The Houston Rockets saw big man Christian Wood go back to the locker room in Wednesday’s contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder with an ankle injury. Wood has gone to the locker room earlier in the contest and returned to the game, but must have aggravated the issue.

Wood has been Houston’s best player and leading scorer, so losing him would be a major blow for a team already at the bottom of the league. This is a rebuilding year for Houston, so Wood is a candidate to be moved by the trade deadline for draft assets. The Rockets are already dealing with Jalen Green being out, so Wood’s injury causes more problems for head coach Stephen Silas.

From a fantasy standpoint, this elevates Eric Gordon and Kevin Porter Jr. slightly. The Rockets weren’t going to garner many bets against the spread or on the moneyline anyway, so it’s unlikely any swing in odds would change how bettors react to this news.