After breaking his hand towards the very end of the regular season, Houston Rockets forward Sam Dekker is reportedly healthy and ready to play in round two.
I wrote earlier that Mike D’Antoni‘s playoff rotations would feature just eight men, and that proved to be correct for the first round. If he wants to change things up for the second round, though, he’ll have Sam Dekker ready to go. According to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feign, the Houston Rockets’ sophomore went through practices with no inhibitions and no issues.
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Through the regular season, Dekker averaged about 18 minutes per game and put up 6.5 points and grabbed about four boards with his time on the court. His contributions were mostly energy minutes, coming in for shorter spurts to get the other guys going.
In the future, Sam could play an even more integral role if he gets his three point shot to fall consistently. He shot the long ball at a 32% clip this season, just under where it would need to be for him to grab consistent minutes. As a power forward in the Houston Rockets’ system, he’ll need to get that going for next season.
Dekker probably won’t see much court time in the playoffs this season barring any injuries, but you never know with the Spurs. They force teams to change up their game plan pretty often, so we’ll see. If his number is called, he’ll be ready to go.
The first Rockets vs. Spurs contest begins tomorrow at 8:30 on TNT. Tune in for what should be some of the best and most exciting basketball of the postseason.