NBA rumors: Eric Gordon progressing in injury return

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Alykhan Bijani: #Rockets Injury/Status: Dante Exum (NWT-R Calf Strain) Eric Gordon (Out-R Groin Strain) Danuel House (Out-R Knee Contusion) Rodions Kurucs (NWT–L Oblique Strain) Davis Nwaba (Questionable–R Wrist Strain) Victor Oladipo (Out–R Quad; Injury Maintenance) PJ Tucker (NWT) John Wall (Out–L Knee Contusion) Christian Wood (Out–R Ankle Sprain)
Tim MacMahon: More bad news for the Rockets: Coach Stephen Silas said Eric Gordon would get an MRI to determine the severity of his groin injury, but the guard has already been ruled out of Friday's game in Utah. Houston expects to have only the minimum eight players available vs. Jazz.
Adam Spolane: Rockets have ruled out Eric Gordon and Danuel House Jr from tonight's game. They join David Nwaba, Rodions Kurucs and Christian Wood as unavailable. The Rockets will have 8 players available against the Nets. Jeff Green and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are out for Brooklyn
Cayleigh Griffin: Coach Silas says Eric Gordon is out tonight. John Wall will play tonight.
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni on Eric Gordon: "He's one day closer to coming back... He's in great spirits and feels good. He continues to get treatment. The training staff is all over it."
Kelly Iko: A little bit of swelling around Eric Gordon’s left ankle this morning per a team source, but he’s in good spirits. It’s the same ankle he had problems with during his Clipper days. Expect Austin Rivers’ role to increase.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Reporting from The Bubble on @GetUpESPN: The latest on injuries to Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon. "The Lakers are going to be very conservative about Anthony Davis."
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon is feared to be lost for one to two weeks because of a left ankle injury suffered in a scrimmage Tuesday, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets are expected to have a clearer sense of Gordon's injury timeline once he's evaluated again Wednesday, sources said. X-rays were negative on the ankle, coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It hurts," D'Antoni added after Houston's 137-112 scrimmage victory over the Boston Celtics.
Kelly Iko: Eric Gordon will not return (left ankle injury)
Salman Ali: Eric Gordon: "There's not a second thought about my knee. It's all about what I'm going to do on the court."
Mark Berman: Eric Gordon (@Eric Gordon): “I’m happy that I’m back to full health as I am now. When you have surgery (right knee scope) during the season it’s always tough, but now I’m back to myself and what I should be doing.” #Rockets
Kelly Iko: Eric Gordon: I’m happy that I’m back to full health. Now I’m back to myself and what I should be doing. Re:small ball—We should be able to make the game easier for one another.
Alykhan Bijani: Eric Gordon on if his knee feels better: “Yeah, yeah, yeah. My knee is feeling really good now. When you have surgery during the beginning of the season, that’s always tough.”
Salman Ali: Eric Gordon said he's had tightness in his shin area that he's been dealing with since the Utah game (50 point game). Gordon's been playing through it. Says it's nothing minor and will treat it over the next few days.
Rockets guard Eric Gordon traveled with the team for the first time since his Nov. 13 knee surgery having begun on-court running on Monday, the next phase of his rehabilitation. Gordon said the original projection of a return to games at around Christmas remains in play, though it is too soon to be more definitive. The plan is to gradually increase his workload and back off as necessary, making it difficult still to be specific about a timetable.
“Oh, for sure,” Gordon said. “Before, I was dealing with pain every day. It just got worse as the season started. I was trying to get through it. I was more worried about what I was doing than focusing on the game and just playing the game. I can tell it’s better. By the time I get back here soon, all I’ll worry about is playing. It will be a big relief for sure. “I got to get the conditioning part and strengthen my leg. Everything is heading in the right direction. I just have to continue what I’ve been doing.”
An MRI provided answers to why Gordon had gotten off to such a slow start, even relief Gordon said. But the Rockets lose him when the schedule turns far more challenging. “I haven’t been able to do all I really want all year,” Gordon said. “I’ll be able to be more balanced, more athletic. I knew I wasn’t on balance all year. I’ll be able to get it right, now.”
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Eric Gordon listed as questionable to play in Sacramento on Wednesday. He sat out last night in Phoenix.
Mark Berman: Eric Gordon on his right knee:"I have a big contusion&a lot of swelling.The good thing,it's going to be more short term than long.We'll c how I feel over the next couple of days. It's kind of more on feel.I know if I'm able to run,I don't care how much pain I have I'm gonna play"
Salman Ali: From Daryl Morey's Instagram Q&A:
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rockets guard Eric Gordon will get an MRI on bruised right knee Sunday, league source tells ESPN. He left Saturday night's victory over New Orleans in fourth quarter with the injury.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Eric Gordon ruled out to play in Indianapolis on Monday with a right adductor strain.
Jonathan Feigen: D'Antoni said Eric Gordon is day-to-day. Happened last night. Rockets calling it a sore right leg.
Jonathan Feigen: New injury issues for the Rockets. Eric Gordon is out with a sore leg. James Ennis is questionable with a sore right hamstring. That was the hamstring that had been strained before he came back last night in Brooklyn. James Harden is available to play tonight against in Chicago.
Michael C. Wright: Clint Capela had an x-ray onn that tight hand, and D’antoni said it’s just a bruise. Said he was worried. Said Eric Gordon’s knee is fine too.
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