REPORT: Rockets fear Eric Gordon could miss 6 weeks with knee surgery
The Houston Rockets fear shooting guard Eric Gordon will need surgery on his knee that would sideline him at least one month, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Gordon is still gathering more information today prior to a final decision, but os leaning toward a clean-up procedure.
Gordon could miss up to six weeks with the injury, as the marksman has been struggling to start the season, shooting a baffling 30.9% from the floor and 28.4% from deep, while averaging only 10.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.
The Rockets have had issues getting their core backcourt of Russell Westbrook and James Harden to jell early in the season, despite winning plenty of games. One of the points of uncertainty has been whether to keep Gordon as a starter or favor a younger, more versatile Danuel House Jr., who is having a strong year.
House picked up an injury on Monday, which will force the Rockets to start Ben McLemore and bring the usual suspects Austin Rivers and Chris Clemons off the bench in the backcourt.
The Rockets could be in a great disadvantage when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Houston is 29th in the NBA in bench scoring, while the Clippers top the ranks in that category with a studded duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.
This could become even more of an issue in back-to-backs like the one they have coming up on Friday-Saturday when Westbrook is slated to once again sit out due to load management