Gordon will start at shooting guard in Sunday's game against the Thunder, Rockets television play-by-play broadcaster Craig Ackerman reports. Ryan Anderson (ankle) is set to miss at least the next two games, so Gordon will get the first crack at replacing him in the starting five as coach Mike D'Antoni rolls out a smaller lineup featuring Trevor Ariza at power forward. In his nine previous starts this season, Gordon has actually seen a small dip in production with averages of 15.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 33.1 minutes per game.
Gordon tallied 10 points (4-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal over 33 minutes in Saturday's 109-105 win over the Nuggets. Gordon and Lou Williams continue to co-exist in the Rockets backcourt rotation in fairly seamless fashion, although the former has seen his usage rate drop from 23.7 percent to 20.5 since the latter's arrival at the trade deadline. However, Gordon has still posted double-digit scoring in four straight and eight of nine March games overall. He continues to be a dependable source of scoring and provides some decent returns in rebounding and assists as well, but his shooting percentage has taken a hit since the calendar flipped to 2017. Gordon shot just 40.1 percent in January, and saw that figure drop to 35.4 percent the following month. Despite Saturday's 57.1 percent tally, he's on track to post a sub-40 percent success rate again in March.
Gordon posted 12 points (4-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists and two rebounds over 32 minutes in Friday's 128-112 loss to the Pelicans. Gordon returned to the bench upon the return of Ryan Anderson, but still managed to retain about the same amount of usage off the bench as he did with the first unit. Gordon remains effective from beyond the arc, going 3-for-7 from long range on Friday, and he's currently fourth in the NBA in 3-pointers made with 212. Although he may lose a few minutes from the starting five occasionally, Gordon is a consistent presence on the floor and is a viable starter in most formats, especially rotisserie leagues that reward 3-pointers.
Gordon is expected to move back to the bench for Friday's game against the Bulls, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. With Ryan Anderson (back) unavailable Wednesday against the Jazz, coach Mike D'Antoni went with a three-guard starting lineup featuring Gordon at shooting guard and James Harden at small forward. Gordon ended up logging a season-high 40 minutes in that contest and produced 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two three-pointers, but with Anderson on track to play Friday, it appears Gordon's stay on the top unit will be short lived. Even if he ends up settling back into his sixth-man role, Gordon should be in prime position to surpass the 30-minute mark, which he was able to do in the preceding two games before Wednesday's starting assignment.
Gordon is expected to start at shooting guard Wednesday against the Jazz, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports. With Ryan Anderson (back) doubtful to play, coach Mike D'Antoni will need to rejigger the lineup, and it appears that he's leaning toward a three-guard arrangement featuring Gordon alongside Patrick Beverley and James Harden. Trevor Ariza is expected to shift over to power forward on the offensive end, though he'll likely shadow All-Star wing Gordon Hayward defensively for most of the night while Harden guards the Jazz's power forwards. The move to the starting five shouldn't have a dramatic impact on Gordon's minutes or production, though he could benefit from some more cleaner looks from outside while seeing some extra court time with Harden.
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