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The Houston Rockets can’t seem to shake the black cloud of injury that has been hanging over them this season.
The trend continued Saturday night when guard Eric Gordon limped off the floor in the fourth quarter of a 108-104 victory at New Orleans with a bruised right knee.
Both Gordon and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said the team was unsure about the extent of the injury, with Gordon saying he would know more Sunday, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, when an MRI will take place.
“I don’t have an answer right now,” Gordon said when asked if he would miss time. “I’ll know a lot more tomorrow probably. My knee is a little painful to play. We’ll see what happens. I hate to come out of the game like that, being injured. I’m glad we got the win and glad I got going in the second half.”
Gordon finished with 21 points in 27 minutes against the Pelicans, including 16 in the second half as the Rockets (20-15) won for the ninth time in their last 10 games, moving them from 14th to fifth in the Western Conference, 3.5 games behind first-place Denver (23-11).
“I did bang knees early on in the game,” Gordon said. “We’ll see what happens.”
With point guard Chris Paul still weeks away from returning from a strained left hamstring, Gordon has stepped up in a major way.
In four games without Paul, Gordon has averaged 19 points and 4.3 assists, shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. The 30-year-old is averaging 15.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 33.2 minutes in 32 games (18 starts) this season, shooting 38.1 percent form the field, 30.3 percent from deep and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.
D’Antoni is hopeful Gordon’s injury is not major.
“Just some irritation under the (kneecap),” he said in his postgame press conference. “We don’t know yet. It’s not awful, but we’ll see how he responds to treatment tonight and tomorrow and then we’ll see about Monday (against Memphis).”