Kevin Porter Jr. To Miss At Least One Game With Left Ankle Sprain

Kevin Porter Jr of the Rockets

Houston Rockets point guard Kevin Porter Jr. will miss at least one game with a left ankle sprain, according to head coach Stephen Silas.

Porter Jr. suffered the injury against the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Commenting on the injury on Sunday before playing at home against the Los Angeles Clippers, Silas said Porter Jr. is viewed as day-to-day moving forward.

Silas said the third-year guard had experienced some swelling in his ankle earlier in the day.

Houston next plays on Tuesday night, also at home versus the Clippers, and Porter’s status for that game is not yet clear.

Porter,21, is averaging 13.5 points (37.9% on 3-pointers), 6.1 assists, and 4.0 rebounds in 29.9 minutes per game this season.

In 21 games since returning from a left thigh contusion in late December, the 6-foot-4 guard has shot 43.8% from 3-point range.

Veteran guard Dennis Schroder again started in Porter’s place on Sunday, just as he did when Porter missed two games prior to the All-Star break due to an illness.

Houston’s other four starters (Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jae’Sean Tate, and Christian Wood) remained unchanged.

Houston (15-44) entered Sunday with eight straight losses and the worst record in the Western Conference.

As such, the individual growth of young players like Kevin Porter Jr., particularly his improvement as a shooter, has been among the team’s bright spots in a rebuilding season.