Houston Rockets Point guard Kevin Porter Jr... Losing his temper during a fierce half-time debate, he did not return to court and left the Toyota Center in the second half of Saturday’s 124-111 defeat. Denver Nuggets, Sources told ESPN.
Porter was upset after Deputy Director John Lucas challenged him and revisited the issue that caused him to feel restless on the bench in the first half, sources said.
Rockets recorded 77-55 in half of his seventh straight defeat, but did not return to the court until just before the start of the third quarter.
Rockets coach Stephen Silas said there was “lively debate” about the availability of media after the match. “As long as I play hard, there are certain demands on this team …. I wasn’t happy with that effort.”
Rockets announced in the second half that it was doubtful that Porter would return because his left thigh was evaluated. Porter suffered from a bruise on his left thigh for weeks and missed several games, but that wasn’t the problem that led to his absence after half-time, sources said.
Cyrus did not specifically mention Porter in his post-match comments.
Center / power forward Christian wood, Rockets’ top scorer of the season didn’t start on Saturday night because he broke the team’s rules, Cyrus said. Wood played without a goal for eight minutes in the first half, during which Houston scored 17 points and did not play in the second half.
“The coach’s decision,” Cyrus said of Wood sitting in the second half.
According to one source, Porter’s potential discipline has not yet been determined.
The Cleveland Cavaliers After trading Porter to Rockets last January and deciding to move away from the previous first round pick due to off-court issues, he won the top 55 protected second round pick. 21 seasons. The Cavaliers have announced their intention to trade or release the 30th overall porter in the 2019 draft after an explosion in mid-January regarding moving lockers to another section of the locker room.
Houston sent Porter to a G League affiliate to facilitate the transition to rockets. The rocket moved him from the wing to the point guard. The 21-year-old Porter has had some success in Houston, averaging 15.0 points and 6.1 assists per game in the last two seasons.
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Kevin Porter Jr. of the Houston Rockets leaves the arena after a half-time conflict
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32976704/houston-rockets-kevin-porter-jr-leaves-arena-half-confrontation Kevin Porter Jr. of the Houston Rockets leaves the arena after a half-time conflict