Rockets teasing Eric Gordon return on Tuesday
According to Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni, shooting guard Eric Gordon is close to returning and could play on Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs.
Per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, D’Antoni didn’t confirm Gordon’s return but is optimistic that the Rockets’ deadeye shooter will suit back up.
“Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see,” he said. “We’ll go through shootaround (on Monday) and see how it feels. It’s looking likely.”
D’Antoni revealed last week that Gordon has started shooting. He reiterated that they are not fast-tracking Gordon’s recovery, noting that they would like Gordon to play a few seeding games before the postseason.
“Every day he’s getting better. We hope he starts shooting tomorrow, or the next day. Pretty soon, he’ll be back. We don’t want to push him, and we have time. But we’d like him to hit the floor once or twice before the playoffs start,” per Ben DuBose of USA Today.
To recall, Gordon sprained his ankle in one of the Rockets’ scrimmage games in the bubble. The injury looked serious as the 31-year-old had to be carried off the floor.
Eric Gordon was carried to the locker room after apparently injuring his left ankle. pic.twitter.com/xtX2gDvFcU
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 29, 2020
Gordon, who averages 14.5 points per game, is the Rockets’ third-leading scorer behind James Harden and Westbrook. Since joining the Rockets in 2016, Gordon has been a focal part of D’Antoni’s system. His stellar 3-point shooting coupled with his aggressiveness to drive to the hoop, fit D’Antoni’s offensive playbook.
The 2019-20 season hasn’t treated Gordon well, missing as much as six weeks after going under the needle. But his presence is still very much welcome as the Rockets embark on another playoff campaign.