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For the Houston Rockets, one big question going into the 2021-22 season is who will be the fifth starter around the greats Christian Wood and Daniel Theis and a young backcourt from Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green.
Eric Gordon, Daniel House Jr. and Jae’Sean Tate all spent time with the first unit during training camp. Gordon got the start in Houston’s preseason opener, which resulted in a win, but he missed Thursday’s game due to a sore left ankle and is doubtful for Monday in Toronto.
Tate came off the bench in the opener and, like Gordon, missed Thursday’s game entirely due to a tight back. That gave House a part in the starting grid, who took no advantage – scoring 0 points on 0-of-7 shooting in 21 minutes in a loss to Miami.
Now, with Tate upgraded to probably for Monday, all indications his chance to play with the starters and impress head coach Stephen Silas. Now’s the time to tune in to see the game, which the Rockets will be streaming through the team’s official website.
- Date: Monday Oct 11
- Time: 6 p.m. Central
- TV channel: NBA League Pass
- Live Stream: Free with Rockets.com
FYI…we’ll be streaming tomorrow night @Houston missiles preseason game in Toronto. Update on platforms to follow.
— Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) October 10, 2021
Probable starting positions
Houston Rockets (1-1 in preseason)
- Guard: Kevin Porter Jr.
- Guard: Jalen Green
- Attacker: Jae’Sean Tate
- Ahead: Christian Wood
- Centre: Daniel Theis
Toronto Raptors (1-2 in preseason)
- Guard: Goran Dragic
- Guard: Fred Van Vleet
- Attacker: Scottie Barnes
- Forward: OG Anunoby
- Center: Precious Achiuwa
Pascal Siakam (left shoulder surgery), Chris Boucher (left middle finger dislocation), and Yuta Watanabe (left calf strain) are all listed as out for the Raptors. So the likely lineups are based on each team’s official game notes taking into account those expected absences.
Both the Rockets (17-55) and Raptors (27-45) struggled more than expected last season, with each team suffering from widespread injuries. As a result, however, each franchise received one of the top rookies in the 2021 NBA draft for their troubles – Green for Houston and Barnes for Toronto. On Monday, they will face each other as they continue to build chemistry with their new teammates, giving both teams hope for better results in the 2021-2022 season.
While Rockets F Jae’Sean Tate upgraded to Likely, G Eric Gordon is doubtful with a sore left ankle. Boucher, Siakam, Watanabe out for the Raptors in tomorrow’s Columbus Day/Thanksgiving (Canada) showdown in TO https://t.co/fyifd7ogkJ
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 10, 2021