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Image result for neneRockets’ Nene Out for Playoffs With Groin Injury – Rockets reserve center Nene will miss the remainder of the playoffs due to a torn left adductor, the team announced Monday morning. Nene suffered the injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s series-tying Game 4 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. He missed the rest of the game, leaving the Toyota Center to undergo an MRI. Nene, a 15-year veteran, emerged as a key role player during his first season with the Rockets. He averaged 9.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game during the regular season. He was even more productive during the playoffs, averaging 10.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game while shooting 70.6 percent from the floor.

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Patrick Beverley is known for livening up the Houston Rockets’ locker room with his rap skills. Sunday was different. There was no freestyle or head-bobbing, only tears of pain as Beverley mourned the death of his grandfather, which he learned of before departing to the Toyota Center for an NBA playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs. Beverley’s grandfather, Rheese Morris, died in Chicago on Sunday before the Rockets’ 125-104 victory over the Spurs in Game 4 that evened-up the best-of-seven second-round playoff series. A roughly four-minute postgame media address by Beverley ended abruptly after he became overwhelmed by emotion.

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