REPORT: Eric Gordon out vs. Bulls, James Harden to return
The Houston Rockets are getting one guard back Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls, but losing another. Reigning MVP James Harden will play after missing the last three games with a hamstring strain, while Eric Gordon will miss the game with a sore leg.
New injury issues for the Rockets. Eric Gordon is out with a sore leg. James Ennis is questionable with a sore right hamstring. That was the hamstring that had been strained before he came back last night in Brooklyn.
James Harden is available to play tonight against in Chicago.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 3, 2018
James Harden suffered a hamstring strain on Oct. 24 versus the Utah Jazz. In the four games he has played in this season, Harden is averaging 28.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists while shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 44.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Eric Gordon, one of the best scorers in the league off the bench, is averaging 15.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists on the season in seven games. The 29-year-old is shooting 32.1 percent overall, 23.6 percent from the 3-point line and 90.9 percent from the charity stripe.
The Rockets are just 2-5 on the season. They defeated the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. Entering Saturday, Houston is averaging 107.7 points per game, which is 24th in the league, and giving up 115.6 points, which is 20th in the NBA.
The return of James Harden to the lineup, coupled with playing the lowly Bulls, should be positive for the Rockets. Chicago has a bottom five defense in the NBA, giving up 117.1 points per contest.