Rockets center Nene out for rest of playoffs with groin injury

Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario (42) goes up for a shot as San Antonio Spurs' Pau Gasol (16) of Spain defends during the second half of Game 2 in a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Houston Rockets evened their series with the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but it turned out to be a costly victory. The Rockets announced Monday that center Nene will miss the rest of the postseason after tearing his adductor in the win.

Nene, who came into Sunday’s game averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in the playoffs, suffered the injury in the first quarter after playing just 1 minute, 43 seconds. The Rockets gave the bulk of Nene’s minutes to power forward Ryan Anderson, who finished with 13 points and four rebounds in the win.

Despite Nene’s absence, the Rockets nearly won the rebounding battle against the Spurs’ bigger lineup, finishing a minus-two on the glass in their 125-104 victory. The Rockets travel to San Antonio for Tuesday’s Game 5.