LOS ANGELES – Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. missed Friday’s game against the Clippers with a sore left shoulder, hoping to return to play Sunday against the Mavericks. But having to sit out just two games after he came back from a bruised back was not frustrating, he said, when considering that this injury could have been much worse.

“You can’t be mad,” House said. “It’s part of the game. Take the good with the bad. I’m excited it did not go as far as it possibly could have. It looked bad. It felt bad, too. I wanted to make sure I was still in one piece.”

House was injured when he ran into a screen set by Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. He had missed three games when he took a hard fall in New Orleans on a foul by Pelicans forward Kenrich Williams.

With Eric Gordon also out, Ben McLemore started, as he had last week with House hurt.

House, who has averaged 11.2 points and has made 44.6 percent of his 3s, was able to do shooting and other drills on Friday, enough that Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said it was “looking good” for House to return on Sunday.

“Of course, I’m making good progress,” House said. “The staff here is doing a great job of making sure I stretch, and I exercise and everything intact so when I come back, I’ll be straight.”

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