Eric Gordon ‘closer’ to returning, will be on minutes restriction whenever he does return
Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon is “closer” to returning to the lineup, according to head coach Mike D’Antoni.
Gordon is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The Rockets guard will be on a minutes restriction whenever he does return to the court:
Mike D’Antoni says Eric Gordon is “closer” to returning. Hesitates to say day-to-day, but says he’s week-to-week.
Gordon will be on a minutes restriction whenever he does return.
— Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) December 16, 2019
Gordon had been dealing with knee discomfort since the middle of last season. The timing of the surgery was bad for Gordon, who had his best game of the season against the New Orleans Pelicans before the MRI showed the debris in his knee. Gordon scored a season-high 17 points while shooting 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc versus New Orleans on Nov. 11.
Gordon signed an extension with the Rockets this past summer. He’s averaging 10.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game this season while shooting 30.9 percent overall, 28.4 percent from the 3-point line and 64.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Maybe Gordon will come back a better player after the surgery. The discomfort may have played a role in his early season struggles.
The Rockets are 17-9 on the season, good for fifth place in the Western Conference standings. James Harden is once again leading the NBA in scoring. He’s putting up 39.3 points per game and is on his way to winning his third consecutive scoring title.
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