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Rockets provide critical update on Eric Gordon’s ankle injury

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The Houston Rockets dodged a major bullet on Tuesday after X-rays results on Eric Gordon’s ankle came back negative.

The 6-foot-3 sniper was helped off the court in the second quarter of Houston’s scrimmage against the Boston Celtics at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Tuesday.

Gordon, who has a history of ankle issues in the past, was visibly unable to put weight on that left ankle.

The Rockets still went on to get the W despite Gordon’s absence, running away with a rousing 137-112 victory. Ben McLemore and Danuel House took turns replacing Gordon’s place.

Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni, meanwhile, already confirmed that Gordon will be out for a few days. It remains unclear if he will be ready to go for the Rockets’ bubble opener against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Eric Gordon, on the other hand, has had a hit-and-miss season for the Rockets this year. His numbers are slightly down from last season and have been limited to just 34 games due to injuries. Gordon normed 14.5 points on 37 percent shooting from the field and 31.9 from deep, along with 1.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.

The arrival of Russell Westbrook meant fewer touches for the 31-year-old shooter on the offensive side of the ball.

The Rockets do have plenty of capable players who can take his place in the event that he will miss some time. The return of Austin Rivers is also a good sign after he cleared the league’s quarantine protocols.

Houston will look to get back to the top 4 in the Western Conference once action resumes on July 31. The Rockets are currently tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for 5th and 6th spots with an identical 40-24 slate.