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Houston Rockets big man Christian Wood is expected to return tonight against the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

The Rockets are 0-17 since Wood suffered a sprained right ankle on Feb. 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Wood is the Rockets leading scorer (22.0 points per game) and rebounder (10.2 rebounds per game) and the team has clearly missed him.

The 25-year-old will start, although his minutes will be restricted, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston.

The Rockets are considered likely to be sellers at the trade deadline and Wood is reportedly considered the only untouchable player on the roster.

The Rockets have been severely depleted, as John Wall (knee), Eric Gordon (groin), David Nwaba (wrist), Danuel House (knee), Ben McLemore (ankle), Dante Exum (calf) and Rodions Kurucs (oblique) are all dealing with injuries.

Victor Oladipo has also been in and out of the lineup and veteran P.J. Tucker is away from the team as he waits to be traded by the team.