Rockets expect all hands on deck, with Anderson and Gordon back, at practice today.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 24, 2017
The two missed out on the Rockets’ most recent game against the Denver Nuggets. Anderson was out with an illness, while Gordon had a right calf injury. However, the Rockets hardly seemed to miss either of them as they ran out comfortable 125-95 winners over the Nuggets.
PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute both filled in very well for Anderson at power forward, with Mbah a Moute setting a new NBA record plus-minus of plus-57. Meanwhile, Chris Paul had 23 points and 12 assists in just 28 minutes in Gordon’s absence.
Anderson had started all 17 of the Rockets’ games prior to being sidelined with his illness. The veteran forward is averaging 12.1 points on 44 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc this season.
Meanwhile, Gordon is averaging nearly 21 points per game on the season and just recently went back to his sixth man role after Paul’s return to the starting lineup. Gordon is currently in the midst of a mini-slump, though, as he’s averaging just 12.3 points while shooting 30 percent from the field over his last three games.