Houston Rockets: Eric Gordon exits the game early with a knee injury

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon injured his knee late in the game against the New York Knicks Monday night. What’s the latest on his injury? Let’s look.

The Houston Rockets are 5-2 since their full-time commitment to the small-ball strategy and it’s proving to pay big dividends against their opponents out of the court.  They’re shooting the basketball more prolifically behind-the-arc as well as forcing more turnovers against their opponent.

Quite frankly, that’s EXACTLY what they need to do to win games as they have to make up for the characteristics of what a center does in a typical basketball offensive/defensive set.  Even with seven games into this commitment, the Houston Rockets do not have a full-time center in the lineup and it’s handled by the situation, to what Mike D’Antoni deems appropriate.

If a center is needed, they still have Tyson Chandler and Isaiah Hartenstein on the bench but they’ve haven’t been used as much since the Feb. 6 trade that sent Clint Capela, Gerald Green and this season’s first-round pick packing for the services of one Robert Covington.

The additions of DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Green have made a noticeable improvement with the team’s bench and they’ve made them even stronger which is something that the Houston Rockets need when the stretches of the game get tough and our starters will need to stay as fresh as possible.

One of the key bench members, guard Eric Gordon, has been instrumental through his tenure of the Houston Rockets of providing a semblance of a spark off the bench and with the two additions

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of the aforementioned, this will help him too, creating more opportunities for him to score.

Gordon, who missed three games with a left leg contusion earlier this month, had to exit tonight’s game early and was ruled as having a sore knee.  This is the same knee that has been giving him problems, including the actual contusion that was against the Utah Jazz Jan. 27.

He didn’t return for the rest of the game and it’s tough to tell if he would have had the game been against a stronger opponent like the Los Angeles Lakers but they were playing the Knicks and they could afford to allow him to go the locker room to lick his wounds.

During the postgame presser that I watched on AT&T SportsNet’s telecast, D’Antoni did confirm some type of “bump” against Gordon’s knee and continued to reiterate that he’d be fine.

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The Rockets will take on the Memphis Grizzlies this Wednesday at Toyota Center so let’s hope that Gordon will be ready to go against a team that shouldn’t be regarded as a pushover.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.