Eric Gordon set to return vs. Bulls, as Mike D’Antoni hopes to resolve starter dilemma soon
Veteran sharpshooter Eric Gordon is set to return on Saturday against the Chicago Bulls, after missing Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors with a hamstring strain, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic.
Gordon has been struggling to start the season, shooting 27.8% from the field and 23.3% from deep, making only three of his last 19 attempts from beyond the arc since hitting a clutch three to give the Houston Rockets a win over the Washington Wizards.
Head coach Mike D’Antoni inserted Gordon back in the starting lineup after sitting out Russell Westbrook for load management against the Memphis Grizzlies, but he struggled to be effective, making only 5-of-17 from the floor in a 32-minute outing.
The Rockets are in a dilemma when it comes to their starting lineup, as D’Antoni hopes to sort out whether to start Gordon or Danuel House Jr. next to the star duo of Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
House has been playing formidably to start the season, proving to be a much more consistent scorer and a strong rebounder. The 6-foot-6 wing is averaging 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game through eight contests — punching in a solid 47.9% from the floor and an unconscious 45.8% from beyond the arc.
House has shown he has the right mettle to deserve a starting spot, even after coming up as a two-way player last season. Gordon has been erratic, but he’s been a bucket machine in the past few years with the Rockets.
D’Antoni committed to Gordon as a starter early in the preseason, but wound up playing House as a starter and bringing the veteran sniper off the bench.