Rockets’ Eric Gordon ruled out vs. Warriors with left hamstring soreness
Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors as he deals with left hamstring soreness, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Gordon is averaging 10.3 points through the first seven games of the season, which is a career-low mark. He is making just 27.8% of his shots from the floor and 23.3% from deep.
He has only made three of his last 19 3-pointers in the three games since making a last-minute trifecta helped the Rockets win a narrow 159-158 barn burner against the Washington Wizards.
To say Gordon has struggled with returning to the bench is an understatement, as the veteran guard has already expressed the difference in mindset from setting the tone with his defense as a starter to being called upon for instant offense off the bench.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni moved him back to the starting lineup on Sunday in hopes of helping him shake out of his slump, but he only made 5-of-17 from the floor and 3-of-9 from deep replacing Russell Westbrook, who sat out the game.
More than ever, Gordon is dependent on his shot falling to get minutes in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, as atrocious defense has often found the Rockets trailing in games and in need of a spark from the bench.
The Rockets called up guard Michael Frazier from their G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, on Wednesday. Frazier should help fill in at guard while the Rockets take on a star-less Warriors roster.