On the night of Nov. 24, the Chicago Bulls and second-year head coach Billy Donovan are battling it out with head coach Stephen Silas and the Houston Rockets on the road at the Toyota Center. Donovan saw his Bulls team actually get off to a pretty slow start on the road against the lowly Rockets on this night.
Something that looked to make it easier for the Bulls to knock off the Rockets on Nov. 24 was the exit of the dynamic rookie scoring guard Jalen Green. Per Rockets reporter Cayleigh Griffin during this Bulls-Rockets game on Nov. 24 on Twitter, Green will miss the rest of the game with a “lower left leg injury”.
Green was off to an excellent start for the Rockets in this game, largely helping them stay with the Bulls early on. Despite coming into this game as nearly double-digit underdogs at home at the Toyota Center, the Rockets were holding strong early on.
Chicago Bulls facing the Houston Rockets in the second half without rookie Jalen Green
In 11 minutes played to start this game, Green was red hot with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. Green also registered two rebounds, one assist, no steals, no blocks, and no turnovers, prior to his exit due to a lower-body injury in this game.
Moreover, Green was playing really well for the Rockets in general in the last couple of games. That likely inspired some of the confidence and momentum he had early on in this matchup against the Bulls on Nov. 24.
Green gave the Rockets 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc in a close loss to the New York Knicks on Nov. 20. And he had 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field, 3-of-9 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder by a dozen points back on Nov. 17.
This will really be the first significant bit of game action that the Rookie of the Year contender Green misses for the Rockets this season. He’s really played in no fewer than 25 minutes in every single game for the Rockets so far during his rookie campaign.
At halftime between the Bulls and Rockets, Chicago owns the lead by a score of 64-55. It was a back and forth battle between these two teams in the first half, but it surely hurt the Rockets that Green is out for the game.