Houston Rockets

Texas Ex PJ Tucker played with nerve damage for much of season

There’s still a number of teams in the NBA featuring former members out of the Texas basketball program that are still alive in the season’s restart at the bubble at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.

One of the teams that is starting their run in the playoffs on Aug. 18 involves a former Longhorn basketball player, with versatile two-way forward PJ Tucker and the Houston Rockets.

The former Longhorn standout 6-foot-5 and 225 pound forward Tucker looks to have played through some nerve damage and pain in his left hand and shoulder for much of the 2019-20 season.

He took a rough hit chasing down small forward Andrew Wiggins through a screen and hurt his neck after a collision with big man Gorgui Dieng.

And Tucker kept active in the games the Rockets played to finish the regular season since the restart began last month.

Tucker and the Rockets are set to take on veteran star point guard Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of their playoff series, starting on Aug. 18.

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