TyTy Washington makes use of Houston’s first rotation minutes after Daishen Nix falls ill

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It hasn’t been the best season in 2022-23 for second-year Rockets guard Daishen Nix. In 15.0 minutes per game as Houston’s backup point guard, Nix is averaging 3.8 points, 2.6 assists, and 1.4 turnovers while shooting just 35.3% overall and only 37.9% on two-pointers.

In Thursday’s home game versus Miami, Nix was “under the weather,” according to head coach Stephen Silas, and that opened up an opportunity for rookie guard TyTy Washington — who may have done enough to earn an encore performance with the Rockets.

In 12 reserve minutes, Washington hit 1-of-2 shots while dishing out a career-high 5 assists, and he didn’t turn the ball over at all.

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He did an excellent job. He was the host of the show. He reached his floater. He made plays for his teammates. Five assists, zero turnovers, that’s pretty good for his first taste. He was initially a bit uneasy, but he soon settled down and did a solid job.

Washington also shared his excitement:

It felt good. It was like a dream came true. I’m just really blessed to be in this position. It was really enjoyable. Unfortunately we didn’t get the job done, and we lost.

“It’s still basketball, at the end of the day,” he concluded.

The Rockets will be back in action on Saturday against Portland. While it is unclear if Nix will be available, it shouldn’t be a shock if Washington at least earns a longer look in the games ahead.

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