Sources: Eric Gordon Out Six Weeks after Right Knee Surgery

Rockets guard Eric Girdon to undergo knee surgery, source confirms. Rockets guard Eric Girdon to undergo knee surgery, source confirms. — Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 12, 2019 Timetable expected for Eric Gordon’s absence from Rockets lineup: Up to six weeks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Timetable expected for Eric Gordon’s absence from Rockets lineup: Up […]

Eric Gordon To Miss Six Weeks After Knee Procedure

The Houston Rockets will be without shooting guard Eric Gordon for six weeks as he braces to undergo a knee procedure, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

The guard will have the procedure to clean things up after an MRI revealed that he had significant debris in his knee, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic adds.

The absence, which would keep Gordon on the sidelines until around Christmas, will test the Rockets’ second unit. While Gordon has averaged just 10.9 points per game so far this season, he averaged north of 16 in 2018-19.

The 30-year-old will sacrifice a sizable chunk of the 2019-20 campaign to finally address an issue that head coach Mike D’Antoni says has been troubling him since the middle of last year.

Gordon will fail to play 70 games this season, his 10th time missing the mark in 12 seasons.

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Around the NBA. Nov. 9, 2019

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10 teams took the floor last night! Recap all 5 games! ⬇🏀

1. James Harden dropped 42 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and 9 3PM in the Houston Rockets’ 117-94 win over the Chicago Bulls. Russell Westbrook added 26 points and 7 rebounds for the Rockets, while Clint Capela contributed a double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. finished the night with 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Bulls.

James Harden ended the night one point shy of a triple-double, and also moved up on the NBA all-time scoring list passing Bulls legend Scottie Pippen for 58th spot.

Houston is one of the best offensive teams in the league but it is the defense where Harden and the Rockets want to focus on. “Our talk, our aggressiveness, we’re getting after it,” Harden said of the defensive effort. “We were too soft earlier – the first couple of games, we were too soft. So, we’ve got to make teams feel us a little bit more defensively.”

2. Danilo Gallinari (21 points, 5 rebounds) helped lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-108 win over the Golden State Warriors. Chris Paul contributed 16 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals, and Dennis Schröder also added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the Thunder. D’Angelo Russell finished the night with a game-high 30 points and added 7 assists for the Warriors.

After rallying twice to wipe out double-digit deficits in the second half, the Warriors faded down the stretch. The Thunder shot 54.4 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from beyond the arc.

3. The Dallas Mavericks went on a 16-6 run to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 138-122. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 24 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals, while Tim Hardaway Jr. also added 20 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. finished the night with 23 points for the Grizzlies.

Over the Mavs last five games, Luka Doncic is averaging:
29.8 points,
12.4 rebounds and
11.0 assists. Doncic hit nine of his 16 shots last night when the Mavericks shot 53.6 percent from the field. Memphis lost despite shooting 52.6 percent.

The Mavs comfortable win came without star big man Kristaps Porzingis, who was given the night off. Likewise, the Grizzlies chose to rest rookie standout Ja Morant on the second night of a back-to-back.

4. Brandon Ingram posted 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 115-110 win over the Charlotte Hornets. J.J. Redick contributed 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Pelicans. Devonte’ Graham finished the night with a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists for the Hornets.

Through 9 games, Brandon Ingram has totaled 233 points, already passing Jamal Mashburn (212 PTS in 2002) for the most points scored in a player’s first 10 games with the franchise.

A bright spot for the Hornets is Devonte’ Graham. There are only three players in the NBA currently averaging at least 17 points, 7 dimes, 4 boards and 3 made 3PT’s per game:

James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Devonte’ Graham. An incredible and shockingly impressive start to the season for Graham.

5. Jaylen Brown led the Boston Celtics to a 135-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs, recording a season-high 30 points and 7 rebounds. Kemba Walker contributed 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the Celtics. DeMar DeRozan finished the night with 22 points for the Spurs.

Boston handed the Spurs the loss – which broke a long streak of losses at the AT&T Center and improved the Celtics’ record to 7-1. Robert Williams is showing Celtics his potential this season. In addition to his loud dunks, he rejected a career-high six blocks to go with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The loss: Gordon Hayward, who fractured his left hand in the second quarter and will be re-evaluated on Monday.