Rockets drama: Kevin Porter Jr. leaves area, Christian Wooden refuses to sub in after assistant John Lucas calls out gamers

It was a regulation six-game slate on the primary day of the NBA’s 2022 schedule. 

There have been two game-winners, one showdown in Salt Lake Metropolis between contenders and, in fact, drama. The final bit got here courtesy of the Houston Rockets, who have been internet hosting the reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on the Toyota Middle. 

The 124-111 remaining rating line would not illustrate the gulf between the hosts and the guests. 

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The Nuggets led by as many as 31 factors and held a 77-55 lead at intermission, which is reportedly when the Rockets drama went down.

What was the Rockets’ halftime drama? 

Assistant coach John Lucas wasn’t proud of the group’s efficiency, and his outburst at halftime led to surprising reactions by the gamers, as reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Charania additional reported that “Wooden was benched to start out the loss to Denver after lacking a compulsory COVID-19 testing window. Lucas referred to as out total group at halftime, and targeted on Wooden’s effort degree. Porter had a heated trade with the longtime assistant, and drove out of [the] area at halftime.”

Wooden was reportedly late to warmups. He got here off the bench after having began all of his earlier 34 video games this season. He performed eight minutes within the first half Saturday and went 0 for 4 from the sector. 

Following the halftime confrontation, he knowledgeable coaches that he had no need to play within the second half. 

What was the postgame response to the Rockets’ drama?

In accordance with The Athletic’s Kelly Iko, the Rockets have spoken to Porter because the incident and the guard is apologetic for his overreaction. 

“We had a spirited debate,” Rockets head coach Stephen Silas stated throughout his postgame media availability. “I’ve sure calls for of this group so far as taking part in exhausting. . . . I wasn’t happy with the hassle.”

This loss is the Rockets’ seventh in a row and their eleventh in 13 video games since a seven-game successful streak in late November and early December. 

Rockets upcoming schedule

Regardless of their 10-27 document as of Jan. 1, these Rockets have already etched their title in NBA historical past. 

The group will play a majority of its upcoming video games — seven of 9 — on the highway. A have a look at its subsequent 5 video games:

Date Opponent Time (ET) Nationwide TV
Jan. 3 at 76ers 7 p.m
Jan. 5 at Wizards 7 p.m
Jan. 7 vs. Mavericks 8 p.m
Jan. 9 vs. Timberwolves 7 p.m NBA TV
Jan. 12 at Spurs 8:30 p.m

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