Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon had been a large component missing from the team's equation, as he was out for four straight games with an illness. The sharpshooter came back and connected on seven 3-pointers on only eleven attempts Saturday against the Boston Celtics.
It was only Gordon's second game back, but now he has eclipsed the 20-point mark in both games, as he scored 22 against the L.A. Clippers on Wednesday.
“Eric Gordon was huge,” D'Antoni said, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. “The thing is, I think we forget how good he is defensively, and everything he does, the ball handling he does, setting up things, and driving to the basket, and then hitting threes, ridiculous threes. His game is really good.”
Gordon, despite being one of the most prolific 3-point threats in the league, is only shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc, which pales in comparison to his prior three seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, where he shot over 38 percent — including a career-best 44.8 in 2014-15.
Though it looks like he's recently caught his groove after shedding his food poisoning, averaging 25.5 points on 15-of-31 shooting.
“It's all about me being ready and whenever I come off the bench and really be productive,” Gordon said. “Every time I step on that court I want to bring it offensively and defensively.”
The Rockets have won 15 straight games and will have to navigate a tough road trip against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Toronto Raptors before finishing with the Dallas Mavericks this week — one which will put their mettle to the test once again.