Rockets forward Zhou Qi was ruled out of Tuesday’s preseason game in Houston against the Shanghai Sharks with a left knee sprain.

Zhou collided with Sharks forward Luis Scola late in the first quarter and was taken off the court in a wheelchair after trainers and staff helped him up.

The 7-foot-2 Zhou, who had played just four minutes before suffering the injury, was making his first preseason appearance.

When asked how serious the injury to Qi was, coach Mike D’Antoni said: “I think it’s just a sprain. That’s what they’re saying. Obviously he’ll get an MRI and hopefully that stays the same news. But just a sprain.”

A 2016 second-round draft pick out of the Chinese Basketball Association, Zhou made his NBA debut just less than a year ago, on Oct. 21, 2017, with the Rockets.

Zhou, 22, played in 18 games last season, averaging 6.9 minutes in those contests.


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