Houston Rockets: The absolute latest update on Eric Gordon’s health

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images) /

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon remains on the shelf as he’s recovering from a left knee injury he sustained late last month. What’s the latest?

The Houston Rockets are sitting high on their horse as they start their ascent in the Western Conference standings.  With a full commitment to their small-ball concept of play, they are tearing apart the competition one-by-one.

This strategy is not taking down not only the bad teams but some damn good ones — Los Angeles Lakers anyone? — along the way and they aren’t taking any prisoners.

They’ve gone 11-2 since their change of pace and it’s actually quite refreshing to see.  They’re getting boards, they’re playing better defense, they’re forcing turnovers and Russell Westbrook is getting an open lane to do whatever the hell he wants which is a dangerous weapon, especially come playoff time.

I’m sure most of us are skeptical if this strategy is going to work when the postseason rolls around but it’ll be awesome to see if it does within a seven-game series.

Trading away Clint Capela, Gerald Green and their first-round pick in exchange for Robert Covington have kept the Houston Rockets under the luxury tax line by nearly $5 million and it’s apparent things are going to stay that way to ensure that Tilman Fertitta is getting the best bang for his buck.

But as small-ball has become the norm, an important component to their strategy has been on the shelf.  After returning for two games after missing three — including the All-Star Break — Eric Gordon had to sit out last night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies because of the injury being aggravated against the New York Knicks this week.

What’s the latest in regard to his status?

Here’s the latest report from FOX 26’s Mark Berman:

So there you have it — Gordon expects to be ready to go against the Boston Celtics on the road

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Saturday and let’s hope he can stay stable for a bit.

Gordon has been dealing with a left knee injury since Jan. 27, where bumped it causing him to deal with a great amount of pain.  He played through it but Mike D’Antoni decided to shut him down through the All-Star Break to see if he could have time to heal.

With the team being able to win without him, the Houston Rockets will have a tough decision to make on whether he should sit until he’s fully healthy.

But this may not be the type of injury that’s going to be up 100 percent quickly so his extended time on the shelf could make him rusty, especially with the playoffs around in the corner in just about a month or so.

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Let’s hope for the best!

Gordon has been averaging 15.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists with a shooting line of .374/.327/.742 through 30 games — 13 starts — this season.