Houston Rockets Guard Eric Gordon fears he will be lost for one to two weeks due to a left ankle injury that suffered a scrimmage on Tuesday, sources told ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski.
The missiles are expected to have a clearer idea of Gordon’s injury schedule when re-evaluated on Wednesday.
The X-rays were negative for the ankle, said coach Mike D̵7;Antoni.
“It hurts,” D’Antoni added after winning the Battle of Houston over the Boston Celtics.
Gordon, 31, jumped to make a pass and landed awkwardly on his left leg, leaving 1:08 in the second quarter, twisting his ankle as he did so.
After staying down for a long time, Gordon was helped by his teammates from the field, while his left leg added little weight. Shortly afterwards, Houston expelled him for the rest of the game.
“Eric is, of course, a big part of what we do and what we try to do,” said Rockets star James Harden. “Let’s hope he can cure his ankle as soon as possible, but just like when we’ve been dealing with an unfavorable fate all year, it’s about getting the boys out.”
It was a difficult period for Gordon, who signed a four-year extension of the missile contract to missiles in September. He was missing six weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on November 13 and scored just 14.5 points per game – his lowest average in four seasons with rockets – when shooting from a career with a low 37% of the field and 31.9% of 3 -point point.
The rockets went into the NBA bubble in the hopes that Gordon was able to take a break from the season, which was interrupted in March, to fix his body, allowing him to become Houston’s third chance behind superstars Harden and Russell Westbrook. Gordon’s importance only grew with Houston’s decision to rely on small sets, with their typical starting lineup not exceeding 6 feet and PJ Tucker at the center.
D’Antoni said he wasn’t sure how he could replace Gordon in the starting lineup if Gordon is forced to skip Friday’s opening game against Dallas Mavericks. D’Antoni started with Ben McLemor in the second half of Tuesday, but said he could also start Danuel House Jr.
“We’ll see,” D’Antoni said. “It’s an easier rotation because Danuel has to back up Covington to 4, but Danuel could probably start. We’ll see what happens. “