Rockets’ Eric Gordon’s latest ankle injury draws mixed reaction
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon suffered an ankle injury in their scrimmage on Tuesday. While X-rays came out negative, fans and critics shared their thoughts on Gordon and how his injury would affect the Rockets’ playoff run.
One fan noted Gordon’s importance despite his inconsistent performance. Moving forward, the fan believes that the rest of the Rockets need to “lock-in.”
It’s time for the Rockets to lock in. Harden and Westbrook looked strong in the final scrimmage.
But right now, what’s most important is Eric Gordon’s health. I know he’s so hit or miss at times, but he’s extremely important to the Rockets playoff chances.
— Matthew Cardenas (@Matt__Card) July 29, 2020
Another fan believes that without Eric Gordon the Rockets have zero chance at making a deep playoff run. The fan seems to be well-aware that Gordon has been one of the foundational pieces of the Rockets in the last few years. His outside shooting and driving ability has meshed well with Mike D’Antoni’s system.
If Eric Gordon isn’t available in the postseason, you can stick a fork in the Rockets.
— RussNinetyFour (@RedNinetyFour) July 29, 2020
However, there are others who seem content — and even happy — that Gordon will likely miss some games.
Look at us without that trash ass scrub Eric Gordon pic.twitter.com/oY6BgnTe1Y
— #ZeroDarkZero (@hendrixsosa0) July 29, 2020
They seem to be questioning Gordon’s health which has been lackluster this season. He has only played 34 games (13 starts) and averaged 14.5 points (lowest output as Rocket), 1.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists across 28.6 minutes (career-low). His shooting percentage from deep dipped to 31.9 percent (lowest as a Rocket) from 36.0 percent last year.
Not to mention — the Rockets, at their peak this season, got absolutely nothing from Eric Gordon. And they looked great. He’s not needed anymore. Truly. Russ shoots 2x as much as CP3. Gordon the microwave scorer is an old toy that lost its glimmer.
— Roosh (@RooshWilliams) July 29, 2020
Below is the incident where Gordon injured his ankle. Though it didn’t look serious at all, Gordon was in pain and wasn’t able to walk under his own power.
Here's the play where Gordon turned his ankle: pic.twitter.com/dHU45SohPg
— Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) July 29, 2020
The Rockets currently hold the sixth spot in the West with a 40-24 record. They have already qualified for the playoffs which is a good thing in itself. Whether or not they make a deep playoff run is a matter of wait-and-see. With or without Gordon, head coach Mike D’Antoni has to make to key adjustments.