Houston Rockets are suspending Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. for one game due to poor behavior, ESPN reported earlier.
Porter and Wood traveled with the Rockets to Philadelphia on Sunday, but coach Stephen Silas made the decision to sit out both players.
Both players did not play in the second half of the game against the Nuggets, because of separate acts of poor behavior. Porter left the team’s arena after a locker room confrontation with assistant John Lucas at halftime.
“After Rockets assistant John Lucas called out multiple players including Kevin Porter Jr. and Christian Wood at halftime tonight vs. Nuggets, Porter had a heated exchange with Lucas, threw an object and promptly left the arena – and Wood refused to sub into second half.”Shams Charania, The Athletic
Wood was benched to start Saturday’s game and sulked over Silas’ punishment for him failing to show up for the team’s daily COVID testing. Later, the Rockets’ big showed little interest on entering Saturday’s game when Silas called upon him.
“Wood was benched to start the loss to Denver after missing a mandatory COVID-19 testing window. Lucas called out the entire team at halftime, and focused on Wood’s effort level.”Shams Charania, The Athletic
The Rockets will face the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday without two of the most impactful players so far this season. Houston is on an eight-game losing streak.