• Brian L. Barefield

Rockets Alperen Sengun out another week due to right ankle sprain

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The Houston Rockets got some good news on Saturday after practice; rookie Alperen Sengun is progressing well in his rehabilitation. Sengun has been out of the Rockets rotation since he suffered a right ankle sprain against the Miami Heat on New Year’s Eve.

“When I was here during the away games, I worked a lot,” said Sengun after going through extensive drills with coach John Lucas. “I’m feeling better compared to the first week,” Sengun said. “I’m improving my mobility moves also. It’s better now. We started two days ago. More quick actions.”

It has been challenging for Sengun to watch his teammates’ fight on the court while out. He had just started to pick up the pace and style of the NBA and was becoming a massive part of the Rockets rotation.

He expressed those sentiments through his translator on Saturday:

I missed the team. I missed playing basketball. I missed being on the court. I am sad; I’m upset because I cannot fight with the team on the court right now.

I am working a lot right now during my injured period, but it will be good. I think I will need a couple of games again to adjust myself again to the pace, but I believe that it will be good. I will not have a problem.

Rockets head coach Stephen Silas was also happy to see Sengun back on the court after starting individual drills on Friday.

“He did a little bit more, but nothing with the group,” said coach Silas. “Individually, he did some slides, and some dribbling, so a little bit more today.”

Houston will keep Sengun out at least another week before evaluating when he can return to the lineup.

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