Rockets’ coach Mike D’Antoni released from hospital after intestinal virus benched him

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Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has been out for a few games now — he was not on the sidelines the last two games against the Knicks and Suns, and was not at team practices either. Assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik has been running the show.

The reason for D’Antoni’s absence was an intestinal virus that had him in the hospital over the weekend, however, he was released on Tuesday reports Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was released from Memorial-Hermann hospital on Tuesday after a last series of tests showed enough improvement from the intestinal virus that had him hospitalized since Friday.

D’Antoni, who had become severely dehydrated, had shown marked improvement on Monday, leading to hopes that he would be released.

While no longer in the hospital, D’Antoni will not be on the sidelines Tuesday night for the Rockets’ season finale against the Thunder. It’s a game with a lot riding on it, the Rockets can finish anywhere from the 2-4 seed in the West (there is even a slim chance at fifth if they lose tonight). Win and they will finish no lower than third, which means they get to avoid the Warriors side of the bracket until the Western Conference Finals.

What matters most is D’Antoni is healthy and home. Hopefully, he is feeling better and will be ready to go this weekend when the playoffs begin.