Gordon will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
According to coach Mike D'Antoni, this is a way to keep at least two of his top three scorers -- Gordon, James Harden and Russell Westbrook -- on the floor at all times. Previously, the Rockets had started all three together, so it's unclear if this is simply a one-game trial, or if the strategy will carry over to the regular season. Danuel House will get the nod at small forward Wednesday.
Gordon, according to coach Mike D'Antoni, "is the starter [right now] and he should be," Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Gordon inked a three-year, $54.5 million extension at the end of August, signaling the franchise's commitment to him as a key piece for the near future. He's started 98 of his 212 appearances for Houston across the past three seasons, launching 8.8 three-point attempts per game. While a starting lineup consisting of Russell Westbrook, Harden, and Gordon is quite undersized, the floor spacing that Gordon can provide is crucial to the makeup of the team.
Gordon signed a three-year, $54.5 million contract extension with the Rockets on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Gordon has been a valuable piece to the Rockets' puzzle the past three years while working as a second-unit scorer and occasional sidekick alongside James Harden in the starting five. The extension will keep him in the fold through the 2022-23 campaign, but his outlook may be more muddled moving forward with the offseason addition of Russell Westbrook. With Westbrook and Harden likely to absorb most of the minutes at two backcourt spots, Gordon could end up seeing a good portion of his playing time at small forward during the upcoming campaign. While that not ideal for defensive purposes, Gordon should continue to garner plenty of open looks from distance when playing alongside either or both of Harden and Westbrook.
Gordon had 19 points (5-14 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 104-99 loss to the Warriors.
Gordon got going late in Game 5, but it was to no avail as the Rockets fell five-points short of what would have been an impressive comeback victory. Trailing by as many as 20 points during the second quarter, the Rockets came back to take the lead late, somewhat buoyed by Gordon's three-point shooting. Game 6 will be on Friday in Houston and the Warriors could be without Kevin Durant (calf) who left the game late in the third quarter. Gordon will need to be hitting his shots if the Rockets are to force a Game 7, this time from the first quarter rather than later in the game.
Gordon totaled 20 points (6-17 FG, 2-12 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes during Monday's 112-108 victory over Golden State.
Gordon, although less efficient, came with his scoring hat once again Monday, finishing with 20 points in 40 minutes. He is putting together a strong series despite typically delivering on the scoring with very little other production. The Rockets are basically running a seven-man rotation right now with everyone seeing big minutes. Gordon will be looking to maintain his recent form in Game 5, as the Rockets look to edge ahead with a rare road victory.
Gordon finished with 30 points (11-20 FG, 7-14 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 45 minutes during Saturday's 126-121 victory over the Warriors.
Gordon caught fire in Saturday's Game 3 victory, finishing with 30 points including seven triples. He picked just the right time to get hot as the Rockets were able to hold off the Warriors in overtime, recording their first win of the series. Game 4 is also in Houston on Monday and another performance like this from Gordon would go a long way to evening up the ledger.
Gordon finished with 27 points (10-19 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, and two blocks in 37 minutes during Sunday's 104-100 loss to the Warriors.
Gordon picked up the slack for the Rockets who only had three players score more than eight points Sunday. He atoned for 27 total points and oddly, saw many of those come from within the perimeter. His tally included just four triples, an oddly low number given his 27 points. Gordon is basically a scorer who offers very little else and the two blocks here were merely an outlier. The Rockets will need more scoring from their role players if they are to steal Game 2 away Tuesday.
Gordon amassed 16 points (5-12 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound, one assist, and one block in 38 minutes during Monday's 107-91 loss to Utah.
Gordon drained five triples in Monday's loss, however, was unable to produce much of anything else in the Game 4 loss. Gordon is a consistent source of perimeter scoring but typically provides very little outside of that, leaving him as a fringe fantasy player across most formats, including those playoff leagues still in action.
Gordon tallied 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), one rebound, two steals and one block across 30 minutes during the Rockets' 118-98 win over the Jazz in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.
Gordon was sharp for the second time in as many games to open the series. The veteran wing had also scored 17 points in Game 1, and he's now averaging 16.5 points on 52.3 percent shooting, including 55.0 percent from three-point range, in the first two contests against the Jazz. The 30-year-old will look to continue offering solid complementary contributions as the series shifts to Utah for Game 3 on Saturday night.
Gordon totaled 26 points (9-14 FG, 8-13 3Pt), one rebound, and one steal in 24 minutes during Sunday's 149-113 win over the Suns.
Gordon matched his career high in made threes, and he has sunk eight treys three times this season. While Gordon didn't do much else besides bury shots from beyond the arc, it was an extremely efficient performance for the veteran shooting guard. Moreover, with the second seed in the Western Conference still in reach for the Rockets, he's likely to remain highly aggressive during Tuesday's regular season finale versus the Thunder.
Gordon produced 15 points (5-10 FG, 5-10 3Pt), an assist and a blocked shot across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 135 -103 win over the Clippers.
All 10 of Gordon's shots came from beyond the arc on Wednesday, and he converted five of them on the way to yet another efficient score. Like the rest of the team, Gordon is also coming alive at the right time, averaging 17.3 points over his past four games.
Gordon finished with 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt) and one rebound across 27 minutes in the Rockets' win over the Nuggets on Thursday.
He bounced back nicely from his zero-point dud on Tuesday, and Gordon nailed four triples en route to a solid 18-point scoring effort in Thursday's win. Prior to Tuesday, Gordon had averaged a ridiculous 4.5 made three-pointers per game in his last 11 contests. He's not good for much more than scoring, but he shoots at a high clip and takes a healthy amount of shots on a nightly basis.
Gordon (undisclosed) will play Thursday against the Nuggets, Craig Ackerman of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
As expected, Gordon will take the floor Thursday. In 12 March appearances, he's averaging 16.7 points, 1.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 30.4 minutes.
Gordon is probable for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Salman Ali of USA Today Sports reports.
It's not immediately clear what Gordon is dealing with, but it's apparently minor. It's possible his availability will be cleared up following Thursday's morning shootaround.
Gordon had zero points (0-7 FG, 0-5 3Pt), one rebound, and one assist in 23 minutes during Tuesday's 108-94 loss to the Bucks.
Gordon finished with more turnovers (three) than anything else (except misses). It's likely that the ankle injury that had his status in question earlier played a part in this awful performance. Moreover, fantasy owners may want to confirm Gordon's availability prior to Thursday's matchup with the Nuggets.
Gordon (ankle) is available Tuesday against the Bucks, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
As expected, Gordon will play through some pain stemming from a sprained right ankle. Since the beginning of March, he's averaging 18.2 points, 1.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 31.1 minutes.
Gordon (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
Gordon was initially deemed questionable, but after going through shootaround he's on course to take the floor Tuesday night. The veteran tweaked his ankle in Sunday's win over New Orleans but still managed 18 points on six three-pointers in just 21 minutes of action.
Gordon is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee due to a sprained right ankle, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
Gordon suffered the injury during Sunday's game against the Pelicans, in which he was limited to just 21 minutes. He still managed 18 points on six three-pointers in that contest, but the Rockets will now monitor his status as Tuesday's shootaround approaches.
Gordon produced 18 points (6-12 FG, 6-11 3Pt), two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 21 minutes during Sunday's 113-90 win over the Pelicans.
Gordon was dynamite from beyond the arc, torching his old team despite seeing limited minutes in the lopsided victory. With the Rockets still fighting for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, Gordon and the rest of the regulars can be expected to see a full load of minutes during Tuesday's tilt versus the Bucks.
Gordon will play Tuesday night against the Hawks, but he's expected to sit out Wednesday's game against Memphis, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
All indications are that Gordon is healthy, as he's started the last eight games, but the Rockets will exercise a bit of caution as they enter a back-to-back set. After Wednesday, Houston has only one remaining back-to-back the rest of the way.
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