HOUSTON: Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones will miss at least three NBA games with a partially collapsed lung, the team said on Friday.
Jones sustained the injury when he took a hard shot to the ribs in the first quarter of the Rockets’ 118-108 victory over Denver on Thursday night.
Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Jones was in hospital overnight and even though none of his ribs appeared to be broken he was having difficulty breathing.
It’s the second significant injury that Jones has endured this season.
The third-year professional missed almost three months with nerve trouble in his left leg, returning to the court in late January.
Jones had been playing well since his return, averaging 15.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and shooting 55.6 percent from the field over his last 11 games.
The injury to Jones comes as the Rockets await the return of center Dwight Howard, who missed the past 24 games with swelling in his right knee.
Howard said this week he was “close” to a return to the court.