HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Kostas Papanikolaou suffered a knee injury during the Rockets’ overtime win Friday against the Timberwolves.

The Rockets forward elaborated after Saturday’s win over the Suns.

“It’s a first degree, sprained MCL,” he said. “Things could be even worse. I’m happy that it’s that way. It looks like it’ll be a couple of weeks, like 10-14 days to get back. We have a great staff in the back doing a great job and they will do their best in order for me to come back as soon as possible.”

The injury is a first for Papanikolaou, which is why he was worried it could’ve been worse. He just didn’t know what to expect.

“I was really scared,” Papanikolaou said. “Even when they told me the first time, still I was scared because you never know with this kind of stuff. You actually get to know the next day. You see how much swelling there is and then what the doctors will say. So I was pretty scared, but thank God, man. I’m just glad it’s only (a sprained MCL) and nothing more.”

Papanikolaou has averaged 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds so far in his rookie season, proving to be a valuable versatile asset for the Rockets.
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