A CT scan has revealed that Rockets forward Carlos Delfino fractured his right foot midway through Game 5 against the Thunder, and will need surgery in the offseason. Delfino will miss the remainder of the 2013 NBA playoffs, per the Rockets press release.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey expressed disappointment over Delfino’s injury. From the press release:
“Carlos has played a large role in our success so far this season and we are disappointed for him that he will not be able to finish out this playoff run,” said Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. “Carlos would love nothing more than to be out there with his teammates as they prepare for tonight’s Game 6, but this is the type of injury that requires a surgical repair. We expect he will be fully recovered in time for the start of next season.”
In his eighth season, the veteran from Argentina has played in 67 games during the regular season, averaging 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Delfino’s absence will be felt as the Rockets try to rally from a 0-3 series deficit against the Thunder. Delfino was one of the defenders being used against Kevin Durant; now, Francisco Garcia and Chandler Parsons will have to avoid foul trouble while guarding Durant.