D & # 39; Antoni hospitalized with virus, probably coming back soon

Houston Rockets coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni has been hospitalized since Friday due to a bowel virus, but expects to be released on Tuesday and rejoin the team before the playoffs.

D & # 39; Antoni, 67, has been under observation since Friday at Memorial-Hermann Hospital in Houston and will miss his third consecutive game when the Rockets play their regular season finale on the road Tuesday against Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Rockets won their two home games, while badociate head coach Jeff Bzdelik replaced D & # 39; Antoni, defeating the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns.

"We are fortunate that we have amazing badistant and mature coaches, veterinarians on this list and in this organization so that the kids know what we have to do," Rockets said. James Harden told reporters on Monday. "It's quite simple, obviously, we love Mike and we want him back and healthy as soon as possible, but until then, we have to go out and try to win games and play the right way."

The Houston Chronicle reported for the first time that D & # 39; Antoni had been hospitalized.

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