It didn’t take long for Ryan Anderson’s sprained right ankle to be tested Friday night at Toyota Center.
In making his return to the Rockets lineup two weeks after spraining that same ankle, he sprinted towards the sideline and saved the game’s opening tip, giving the Rockets possession to start the game. That trip down the floor resulted in an Anderson 3-pointer, the first of three he had on the night.
“I felt good,” he said following the Rockets 114-109 loss to the Detroit Pistons. “Obviously it’s going to take a few more games just to get back to completely normal, but it felt pretty good with the time I was given.”
Anderson played 13 minutes, all in the first half after missing the Rockets previous six games. He scored 9 points on 3-of-6 shooting, adding 3 rebounds.
“It was a good first little test,” he said. “Just to see it moving and getting warmed up and it feels good. There was no real movement that I felt that I was questioning it.”
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Anderson’s minutes will increase Sunday in Sacramento. There’s a good chance he’ll sit Monday when the Rockets visit the Clippers, giving the forward one last tune-up, Wednesday against Minnesota, before the playoffs begin.