Brutal Break for Houston Rockets and Alperen Sengun

If the Houston Rockets were still holding out any hope of making the Play-In, those hopes were likely dashed today when the news was revealed that breakout star center Alperen Sengun is likely to miss the rest of the season. 

Sengun was taken off the court in a wheelchair on Sunday, writing in pain after the gruesome-looking play in which he landed awkwardly on his lower leg.

As noted by insider Shams Charania, the great news is that there is no damage to the knee, which was also felt to be injured on the same play as the ankle. 

"It's a Grade 3 right ankle sprain, and he will miss several weeks… tremendous sigh of relief, but this likely ends his regular season," said Charania.

Sengun has exploded into a 21 points per game scorer, in addition to adding 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 32.5 minutes per night. He would have had a chance at the Most Improved Player award, but falls two games short of the NBA's new stipulation of playing at least 65 games to be eligible for major awards.

The Rockets are five games back of the final Play-In spot in the Western Conference.