May 1, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) handles the ball against Houston Rockets forward Greg Smith (4) during the second half in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Rockets defeated the Thunder 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets' Greg Smith out for season

The Houston Rockets won’t be getting any front court help behind Dwight Howard, at least not internally.

On Friday, the team announced that reserve big man Greg Smith would miss the remainder of the season.

Smith has had nagging knee problems throughout the season.

Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk has the scoop.

Smith has been battling knee issues all season – the Rockets called it a sprain but clearly it was a little more than that — and that is what sidelined Smith for much of the time the Rockets could have used him. Now with Asik back in the rotation Smith wasn’t going to get on the court much even if he was healthy. So he went under the knife.

It obviously isn’t a huge loss as Smith hasn’t seen much time at all this season. He has played in just 11 games and was averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game.

Still, any time you lose a big body, it is somewhat concerning.

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