Gordon totaled 23 points (9-22 FG, 2-12 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 39 minutes during Monday's 101-92 loss to the Warriors. Gordon was hot early once again, but in what was a sense of Deja vu, his shot abandoned him late as the Warriors superstars took over. Gordon was admirable in defeat and caps what has been a nice season for the sharpshooter. The loss of Chris Paul (hamstring) was simply too much for the Rockets and came at the worst time for them.
Gordon finished with 19 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-4 FT), and two rebounds in 33 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to the Warriors. Gordon moved into the starting lineup Saturday with Chris Paul (hamstring) watching from the bench and hit his first four shots of the game as the Rockets rushed out to an early 17 point lead. Unfortunately, that is where it ended for the Rockets as they were destroyed in the second half. Gordon offers very little outside of scoring and if Paul is forced out of Game Seven, Gordon is going to have to find other ways to contribute if they are to advance to the Finals.
Gordon will move into the starting lineup for Saturday's Game 6 against the Warriors, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports. As anticipated, Gordon will take over at the other guard spot opposite James Harden after Chris Paul suffered a strained right hamstring near of the end of Thursday's Game 5. Gordon, who played 36 minutes in that contest, will likely see an even larger workload in Game 6, and coach Mike D'Antoni indicated that he expects Gordon to serve as the primary initiator when James Harden is off the floor.
Coach Mike D'Antoni said that Gordon will have an increased role in the offense if Chris Paul (hamstring) is unable to play in Game 6 against the Warriors,Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports. The Rockets are already running a tight, seven-man rotation, so losing Paul for Game 6 would have a major ripple in several facets of Houston's gameplan. Paul suffered the hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's win. Gordon, who poured in 24 points off the bench in Game 5, would take Paul's spot in the lineup if Paul is unable to give it a go. Houston's injury situation will come into greater focus as Game 6 approaches Saturday.
Gordon poured in 14 points (4-14 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT) and added one rebound, one assist and one block across 35 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday. Gordon once again led the second unit in scoring, not an especially difficult feat Tuesday with only he and Gerald Green the only Rockets reserves to see the floor. The veteran guard's stat line was particularly scoring-dependent, and his shot was off for the second consecutive game. However, the fact he's consistently seen a steady allotment of over 30 minutes per contest figures to help Gordon to continued respectable scoring totals at a minimum.
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