Not long ago Terrence Jones was questionable to return at all this season after missing 41 games with a nerve injury. Last night he answered loud and clear that his health is not an issue at this point. Jones has battled fatigue and illness since his return, and the just under 22 minutes per game he has averaged appeared to leave him exhausted.
Wednesday night versus the Clippers, he seemed to turn a corner with his 14 point, 8 rebound, and 5 block performance in 32 minutes of play. Jones’ five blocked shots gave him 14 in the last four games.
Jones thinks he is finally back to full strength.
“I believe so. I’m playing real well,” Jones said. “I’m trying to get off the ground as much as possible and run. Just to get open for myself and my teammates, and it’s really been helping us I think.”
His play definitely has been helping the Rockets, especially in Dwight Howard’s absence. Jones is giving the team rim protection they lack without Howard, and he adds to an inside game for a team that has lived and died by the three-point shot.
The Rockets have also been without Patrick Beverley due to illness. They are also uncertain if James Harden will play Friday versus the Nets after suffering an ankle injury Wednesday. Kevin McHale said Beverley is starting to feel better, but the starting point guard has not really done much yet. McHale will evaluate Harden’s ankle when he sees him run before Friday’s contest.
Jones’ return and increased production gives Houston one less person to worry about as they fight to hold the third place spot in the highly competitive Western Conference.
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