Several Rockets not at full strength

Several Rockets not at full strength
November 11, 2013, 11:45 am
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The Houston Rockets play the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in their eighth game of the season. Considering the health of the team, however, it seems more like the 80th game.

Guard James Harden has not one, but two bad feet, to go along with being a little under the weather. He’s one of several Rockets left shoot around, sniffling and coughing.

“There’s a little bug going around that’s catching everybody,” center Dwight Howard said.  “I was sniffing and sneezing a lot this morning, too. We should be ready for tonight.”

Harden has already dealt with a back he hurt in the season opener and a sore wrist that’s troubled him since the first week of the season. But he said he’d be alright and he is playing against the Raptors.

Jeremy Lin and Francisco Garcia are also among those dealing with flu-like symptoms.

Omri Casspi has injured his ankle and now his knee in the first six games of the season. He missed the Rockets game in Utah last Saturday night with the ankle injury. He has not missed any time the last four games and despite the knee injury suffered Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers he, too, is likely to play Monday night.

Forward Chandler Parsons went to get more treatment on his back, immediately after Monday’s shootaround ended. He said he been undergoing rehab and getting treatment pretty consistently since the team returning from their road trip last Wednesday. He, too, said he expected to play.