3 reasons Tilman Fertitta trusts the Harden-Westbrook duo

Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta appeared on ESPN 97.5 radio last week and talked about his expectations for the team this year.

Fertitta believes that the Rockets have a great chance at chasing a championship and expects a terrific season with the addition of Russell Westbrook.

ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank, Barry Laminack, and Raheel Ramzanali talk about Tilman's expectations and share their thoughts on how good they expect the Rockets to be this year. The Rockets Roundtable is presented by Texas Star Grill Shop.

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Jose Altuve is expected to miss significant time. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was hit by a pitch during Saturday's WBC game between Venezuela and the USA, which put a scare into Astros fans, and caused him to exit the game.

Now we're hearing Altuve with have to miss some time and won't be ready to start the season.

Bob Nightengale is reporting that the pitch broke Altuve's right thumb and he is expected to miss 8–10 weeks.

The Astros have not given an official update on the specifics of the injury.

Editor's note: The Astros have now given an update on Altuve's injury. He has a fractured thumb and will have surgery soon.

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