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Eric Gordon out until after All-Star Game

Rockets, Eric Gordon

Houston Rockets sharpshooter Eric Gordon will be out until after the All-Star Game, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. Gordon suffered a lower left leg injury during Friday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns, causing him to miss Sunday’s subsequent loss to the Utah Jazz.

Gordon had missed a little over a month after undergoing knee surgery earlier in the season, missing 22 games in the process.

His loss could be brutal for a team predicated on shooting, now with a bench that is suddenly devoid of sound firepower.

The Rockets bolstered their starting lineup by committing to small-ball, acquiring three-and-D standout Robert Covington and playing the 6-foot-6 PJ Tucker at center full-time.

Yet missing Gordon could prove painful, especially in the dog days of the NBA season when good teams at times tend to slide with so little time left before the All-Star Game.

Gordon had a strong return from injury, even putting up a career-high 50 points the day after Kobe Bryant died, unleashing all his offensive firepower with no Russell Westbrook or James Harden in the lineup.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard also served as a fill-in replacement for times when Westbrook and Harden were out of the lineup, always giving coach Mike D’Antoni a viable replacement to maintain his firepower.

Danuel House Jr. will get as many minutes as he can handle while Gordon is out, while others like Austin Rivers will have to chip in with a boost in offensive punch so long as Gordon is out of action.