By Adam Spolane

Rockets forward Sam Dekker hasn’t played since breaking his left hand in the Rockets April 2 win over the Phoenix Suns, but as his teammates get ready to take on the San Antonio Spurs in game one of the Western Conference semifinals Monday night, Dekker looks poised to join them.

“I’m suiting up game one,” Dekker said before taking part in his first practice since suffering the injury. “I’m going to be available. I’ll be ready whenever coach calls my name.”

Dekker suffered the injury after a collision with Suns forward Jared Dudley, and underwent surgery the next day. He participated in drills off to the side during the Rockets playoff series against Oklahoma City, and Monday will mark four weeks since he went under the knife.

“This is the goal I had,” Dekker said of coming back for the second round. “We were very aggressive and my training staff did a great job, so now it’s me staying ready, taking it all in.”

After playing in just four games as a rookie last season, the Rockets 2015 first round pick was the only player to appear in the team’s first 76 games of this season.


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