The Houston Rockets expect starting small forward Eric Gordon to return to the roster against the Utah Jazz. Gordon has missed the last three games with an Achilles injury, but Alykhan Bijani tweeted the 33-year-old was likely on Monday night.
#Rockets Injury/Status Report:
Eric Gordon (likely – left heel pain)
Usman Garuba (Out – Left Wrist Fracture)
Daishen Nix (G League – Two Way)
Trevelin Queen (G League – Two Way)
John Wall (Ex)
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) February 13, 2022
In his 14th season in the league, Gordon remains a valuable offensive presence for the Rockets. The Indiana product ranks third on the Rockets in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game, with the third-most offensive wins and second-best Offensive Box Plus/Minus, per Basketball-Reference.
Jae’Sean Tate switched to small forward for a few starts with Gordon out, although Garrison Mathews was in the starting rotation for the Rockets’ last outing. Mathews will return to a reserve role and Tate will return to his power forward role with Gordon back in the lineup.
The Rockets have lost four straight entering Monday night’s contest. The odds are stacked against them against the Jazz, as they enter the Western Conference game as +14 underdogs, according to Line News. FanDuel Sports Betting.
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