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NBA report: Rockets center Nene to miss rest of playoffs because of thigh injury

NBA report: Rockets center Nene to miss rest of playoffs because of thigh injury

Houston Rockets center Nene will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Monday, one day after the veteran reserve tore a muscle in his left thigh.

“I hate it for Nene,” coach Mike D'Antoni said. “He's been so valuable all year, such a good guy.”

Nene was injured in the first quarter of Houston's 125-104 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday night and didn't return. The team said it was reviewing treatment options for the torn adductor muscle.

Nene, a 15-year veteran in his first season with the Rockets, averaged 10 points and 4.7 rebounds in nine postseason games this year. The...

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