Dekker broke his left hand in a collision with Suns forward Jared Dudley midway through the fourth quarter. He is scheduled to see a specialist in Houston on Monday, but the initial diagnosis after x-rays were taken in Phoenix was that he would be out for three to four weeks.
Dekker had been having a fine season as Houston’s backup power forward. It’s now more important Ryan Anderson returns from his ankle injury on his stated timeline, which would be in time for the playoffs.
At least the Rockets have plenty of positional versatility. They can go small – yes, even smaller than Dekker playing power forward – and create mismatches. Losing Dekker hurts, but Houston has countless options.
And if the Rockets advance far enough, they’ll probably get Dekker back.