By Alex Del Barrio


HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Houston Rockets forward Nene left Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals versus the San Antonio Spurs in the first quarter with a left groin pull. He did not return in the Rockets 125-104 win over the Spurs.

Nene stole the ball on a poor pass by Spurs forward David Lee and took the ball into the front court for a fast break dunk. Two possessions later he was leaned offer near the Rockets bench with athletic trainer Keith Jones  before exiting the game.

Nene has been a valuable contributor during this postseason averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Houston.

Nene was taken to a local hospital for an MRI, but the results of that have not been announced by the Rockets.

There was no update on Nene’s condition in the post game press conference but the Rockets are light on big men that have played consistent minutes for them lately should Nene be out for any games in this series. Other than starter Clint Capela the Rockets did not have another center available with Chinanu Onuaku inactive. The Rockets utilized starting power forward Ryan Anderson for some minutes at the five spot in game four.

“Guys are going to have to step up, myself included,” Anderson said when asked what the Rockets might do should Nene miss time.  “I might have to play some more center obviously guard the big guys try to focus on getting more rebounds and being a little more physical, but hopefully (Nene) ha a speedy recovery.”

Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio


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