Caris LeVert arrived in Indianapolis last week feeling perfectly fine. Then came the shocking news from Indiana's team doctors: They found a small mass on LeVert's left kidney. Suddenly everything went on hold and now, as LeVert awaits test results to find out if the growth is cancerous, the 6-foot-6 guard realizes just how fortunate he was to be included in last week's blockbuster trade.
Phoenix Suns (7-5, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (4-8, 14th in the Western Conference) Houston; Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Houston hosts Phoenix in a matchup of Western Conference teams. The Rockets are 3-6 in conference play. Houston is 0-4 against opponents with a losing record. The Suns are 5-3 against Western Conference opponents. Phoenix is third in the Western Conference giving up only 106.8 points while holding opponents to 46.5% shooting. The teams match up Wednesday for the first time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Victor Oladipo is shooting 56.5% and averaging 32 points. Jae'Sean Tate is averaging 8.4 points over the last 10 games for Houston. Chris Paul is averaging 13.5 points and 8.6 assists for the Suns. Cameron Johnson is averaging 2.7 made 3-pointers and scoring 12.3 points over the last 10 games for Phoenix. LAST 10 GAMES: Rockets: 4-6, averaging 108.5 points, 43.7 rebounds, 22.6 assists, 7.9 steals and 6.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110 points on 45.2% shooting. Suns: 6-4, averaging 111 points, 42.2 rebounds, 26.9 assists, 5.4 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.4 points on 47.1% shooting. INJURIES: Rockets: Dante Exum: out (calf), John Wall: out (knee), Sterling Brown: out (health and safety protocols), Brodric Thomas: out (ankle), Danuel House: out (health and safety protocols), Chris Clemons: out for season (achilles). Suns: Jalen Smith: out (health and safety protocols), Dario Saric: out (health protocols), Damian Jones: out (undisclosed). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Los Angeles Lakers) with a 3-pointer vs the Golden State Warriors, 01/18/2021