Report: Eric Gordon probable to return vs. Nets
When it comes to the Houston Rockets this 2017-18 season, it is no secret to anyone that the team has battled a plethora of injuries to key players. Luckily, they are starting to get healthier and are expecting the return of shooting guard Eric Gordon from a lower back injury on Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets.
According to an article written today by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Gordon is expected to make his return Tuesday night after he missed the Rockets’ previous two games with stiffness in his lower back.
On Monday, Gordon was cleared to return to practice at a normal pace with the team and should be good to go when the Rockets travel to take on the Nets at Barclays Center.
Although the Rockets will have forward Trevor Ariza out, Luc Mbah a Moute will continue to replace him in the starting lineup. That also means that Gerald Green will rightfully play a bigger role in Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni’s lineup going forward.
“It’s like what we did before Gerald got here,” coach D’Antoni said on Monday afternoon. “We added Gerald (to replace) one guy (Ariza.) We’re back to normal.”
According to Feigen, Houston is now 7-1 as a team when Mbah a Moute is inserted into the starting lineup. Gordon will return to his role as the Rockets’ sixth man, as he has thrived behind Houston star guards James Harden and Chris Paul this season.
In 47 games played this season, Gordon is currently averaging 19.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game in 32.2 minutes of action per contest.