Rock­ets' Zhou Qi hurts knee in ex­hi­bi­tion game vs. Shang­hai

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Sports -

Hous­ton's Zhou Qi played only three min­utes Tues­day night be­fore the 7-foot1 cen­ter from China sprained his left knee against the Shang­hai Sharks.

Qi, the Rock­ets' sec­ond-round pick in 2016 who played in 18 games last sea­son, was play­ing in his first pre­sea­son game.

He bent over to pick up a loose ball in the lane in the sec­ond quar­ter when Shang­hai's Luis Scola crashed into his left knee, bend­ing it side­ways. The 22-yearold Qi im­me­di­ately gri­maced in pain and grabbed for the knee.

He was taken to the locker room in a wheel­chair.

Coach Mike D'An­toni said be­fore the game Qi was ex­pected to see plenty of play­ing time against Yao Ming's for­mer team.

It was one of 13 pre­sea­son games this year where NBA teams host in­ter­na­tional clubs. The other in­ter­na­tional teams in­clude the Bei­jing Ducks, Mel­bourne United, New Zealand Break­ers, Syd­ney Kings, and Perth Wild­cats.

In ad­di­tion, the Mav­er­icks and 76ers played two ex­hi­bi­tion games against each other in China this pre­sea­son.


James Harden had 37 points in 30 min­utes, lead­ing the Rock­ets to the vic­tory. Harden was 13 of 18 from the field, in­clud­ing 9 of 14 from 3-point range. He also had nine as­sists. PJ Tucker had 22 points and six 3-point­ers as the Rock­ets launched 66 3s, mak­ing 28.

Jim­mer Fre­dette led the way for the Sharks with 41 points on 16of-40 shoot­ing. He also had nine re­bounds and three as­sists.

Scola, a for­mer Rocket, fin­ished with 18 points on 8-of13 shoot­ing and 12 re­bounds.


Hous­ton (3-1) vis­its Mem­phis on Fri­day.

(AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Shang­hai Sharks for­ward Luis Scola (4) comes up with the ball as Hous­ton Rock­ets for­ward Zhou Qi (9) re­acts in pain after in­jur­ing his left knee dur­ing the loose ball scram­ble play dur­ing the first half of an ex­hi­bi­tion NBA bas­ket­ball game Tues­day, Oct. 9, 2018, in Hous­ton. Qi was taken off the court in a wheel­chair.

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