The rockets return to Mathews, Augustin; losing Armoni Brooks to protocol


The Rockets enter Monday’s game in Philadelphia with seven straight losses, but they have at least some roster reinforcements on the way. Garrison Mathews and DJ Augustin, who have missed each of Houston’s last four games due to NBA COVID-19 health and safety protocols, have been cleared and no longer appear on the team’s injury report.

However, reserve sniper Armoni Brooks – who started in the second half on Saturday against Denver after Kevin Porter Jr. exploded at half-time – is now unavailable due to his own stint. in the protocols. While there is no immediate timeline for Brooks’ return, each of the four Houston players to enter protocol since Christmas joined the squad in less than a week, likely due to the recently relaxed rules. of the NBA.

Mathews and Augustin are two of Houston’s top perimeter shooters, with 3-point percentages of 37.0 percent and 41.3 percent, respectively. Only Eric Gordon, who is questionable for Monday’s game with right hamstring strain, has a higher clip (44.7%) among rotating players.

A 6-foot-5 wing, Mathews also offers value to the Rockets in terms of defensive length and willingness to shoot charges.

If Gordon isn’t available, Mathews looks likely to start for Houston at the little forward. If Gordon plays, Mathews would likely come off the bench. As a point guard, Augustine could also find an increased role in the short term if Porter is disciplined for his recent antics.

The switchover between the Rockets and 76ers is set for 6:00 p.m. CST.


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