The 2019-20 NBA campaign has not even restarted yet, and the Houston Rockets have already been dealt a significant blow.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Rockets guard Eric Gordon is expected to miss two weeks as a result of spraining his left ankle during his team's scrimmage against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
Injuries are nothing new for Gordon. The veteran has been riddled by them this year and had played in just 34 games prior to the season being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic back in March.
Gordon has also labored mightily when he has been on the floor, averaging 14.5 points over 28.6 minutes per game while shooting 37.0 percent from the floor, 31.9 percent from 3-point range and 75.7 percent from the free-throw line.
However, in spite of his struggles, Gordon remains an integral piece for Houston on both ends of the floor and will certainly be needed if the Rockets want to make a run at a championship this summer.
The 31-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at Indiana University, was originally selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the seventh overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.
Gordon spent his first three seasons with the Clippers before being traded to the New Orleans Hornets in the deal that sent Chris Paul to Los Angeles just before the start of the 2011-12 campaign.
He proceeded to spend five years in New Orleans and ultimately signed with the Rockets during the summer of 2016.
While Gordon is typically a reliable threat when healthy, staying on the floor has been difficult for him throughout his career. Gordon has played in just 70 games twice in 12 NBA seasons, most recently doing so in 2016-17.