Rockets' Kevin Porter Jr. leaves game at halftime after arguing with assistant John Lucas: Sources - The Athletic

Rockets preserve Kevin Porter Jr. left the stadium all the way through halftime of Saturday nighttime's domestic game against the Denver Nuggets after a heated exchange in the locker room with Houston assistant train John Lucas, sources inform The Athletic. The Rockets went on to lose 124-111.

Sources observed Lucas referred to as out distinct players, including Porter and Christian wood — who was benched after lacking a compulsory COVID-19 checking out window — throughout halftime, specializing in Porter's play and timber's effort degree. As things escalated, Porter threw an object, mandatory to be separated from Lucas after which got in his vehicle and left the enviornment. timber refused to sub into the video game within the second half, sources added.

A Rockets source instructed The Athletic's Kelly Iko that the crew has spoken to Porter because the halftime incident and he's apologetic for the overreaction.

Head teach Stephen Silas told reporters after the video game that Porter turned into being evaluated for a left thigh injury that has troubled him recently. Silas also said it was his resolution to no longer play timber within the 2nd half.

Houston trailed Denver 77-fifty five at half after permitting 47 points within the second quarter. Porter had eight elements and three assists in 16 minutes.

timber played eight minutes all over the primary half, going scoreless on 0-for-4 capturing. wood changed into late to pregame warmups and came off the bench to start the game, however he recommended coaches at halftime that he had no want to play within the 2nd half, sources noted.

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