Rockets center Omer Asik, who has been out the majority of the season with thigh and knee injuries, went through the team’s shootaround on Wednesday before they hosted Phoenix.

Asik still hasn’t done any contact practice, but did go through some of the team’s five-on-zero drills and walk-throughs.

His teammates were happy the see the big man back in the gym.

“We were all just messing with him, joking with him,” guard Jeremy Lin said. “He has to get his rhythm back. Good to see him and get him back with the team and get him used to what we are doing and what we are running.”

Guard James Harden said getting Asik back would help the Rockets improve as their push for the playoffs continues.