Rocket’s Eric Gordon to Return From Injury Against Pelicans

Rockets' Eric Gordon (left) defending Clippers' Lou Williams (right) in Rockets vs Clippers game in 2018. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After an embarrassing loss to Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Houston Rockets will look to get back on track soon. This will be much easier in the next few games, as their sixth man Eric Gordon is finally cleared to play after being out for almost two months.

Gordon hasn’t played since early November and had to undergo a minor knee procedure last month. He returned to practice on Friday after 22-games absence and is expected to play on Sunday against New Orleans Pelicans.

“It’s going to be a challenge. I don’t think it’s that hard because we have been playing the same way for so many years, and Eric is such a good player. He can adjust,” said Rockets’ All-Star guard Russell Westbrook about Gordon’s return.

Eric Gordon had an unusually slow start of the season, averaging career-lows all across the board. He has been contributing only 10.9 points and 1.9 rebounds, while having more turnovers (1.2) than assist (0.8). He also struggled from behind the 3-point arc, hitting just 30.9 percent of his threes.

Rockets hope that these struggles were caused by the injury and that Gordon will be back to his usual self soon. If that doesn’t happen, Houston then might have a hard time making some noise in the West.