Rockets’ Josh Christopher approaches triple-double in the G League

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Houston Rockets rookie Josh Christopher approached a triple-double on Wednesday during his first game with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA G League.

Christopher recorded 15 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot during the 134-99 victory over the Austin Spurs. He finished by shooting 6-of-15 from the field and was a plus-21 on the field in 29 minutes of work.

The 24th overall pick has played sparingly with the Rockets to start the season, averaging just three points in 11 appearances. He had the opportunity to showcase his game and seemed to be extremely effective during his first assignment with the Vipers.

Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said Wednesday that the opportunity to play with the Vipers will be a great experience for Christopher to work on his overall game. The team has not had much training time lately, so Christopher was able to watch longer with the Vipers.

The Rockets probably would have sent Christopher to the Vipers much earlier if it had not been for the injury to Kevin Porter Jr. When Porter returned Wednesday, the team sent Christopher down to the Rio Grande Valley and he will likely spend much of the next week with them.

Silas expressed how beneficial Vipers can be to the Rockets.

It’s super important. There is a close connection between our team and RGV, and the way (they) manage their team is very similar to how I run my team. For those guys to go down and play in a way they would play here is really important.

We’re not looking for them to play differently when they go down there. We’re looking for them to play like they would play here if they got minutes, so when they get those minutes, they’ll be able to jump in and not really have the delay that you sometimes see as a result. of just being here all the time and not getting your reps.

The Vipers have two games left on their current home field, and it is likely that Christopher will play in both of those competitions before returning to Houston. He has not played much with the Rockets, but he has still shown his potential on the task.

Rio Grande Valley plays next Friday against the Birmingham Squadron.

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