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Adam Spolane: John Lucas is putting Eric Gordon through a pregame workout pic.twitter.com/bRpkkRYtgP
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rockets guard Eric Gordon has a moderate groin strain and is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks, sources tell ESPN.
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.
Cayleigh Griffin: Updated injury report: DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Gordon will play in Chicago. Sterling Brown is still questionable. John Wall remains out.
Kelly Iko: Eric Gordon 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.”
Tim MacMahon: Mike D’Antoni says Eric Gordon has “a little bit of swelling” and is “a little tender” in his sprained ankle. Doesn’t have a specific timetable, but “everybody is saying 2 or 3 weeks. The ankle will tell you when he’s ready.”
Shams Charania: Rockets guard Eric Gordon is expected to miss approximately two weeks with left ankle sprain, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
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.
Alykhan Bijani: Eric Gordon down in pain. Holding his left ankle. Not good. He stepped on the foot of Poirier. #Rockets
Kelly Iko: Eric Gordon will not return (left ankle injury)
Salman Ali: Mike D’Antoni on how Eric Gordon looks (returning from knee injury): “He looks good. Shooting the ball extremely well… He’s ready to go.”
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 (ruled out tonight) is likely to return from his lower leg injury on Saturday in Utah, per Mike D’Antoni.
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.
Alykhan Bijani: Eric Gordon returns to practice today. He’ll play Sunday in New Orleans. #Rockets
Cayleigh Griffin: When asked about an update on Eric Gordon, Coach D’Antoni said things are looking good. He said the prognosis was around Christmas so, “could be after, could be before.” He also said he talked to Santa to get the good news. Eric Gordon is on the trip.
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.”
Salman Ali: Eric Gordon believed his knee issue wasn’t that big of an issue during the summer. It’s why he didn’t elect to get surgery then.
Alykhan Bijani: Houston #Rockets announced today that guard Eric Gordon will miss approximately six weeks after undergoing right knee arthroscopy.
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.”
Alykhan Bijani: D’Antoni on Eric Gordon being out 6 weeks: “It’s been bothering him, actually, from the middle of last year. I think he’s probably relieved that he can clean it up, get it going, so he can come as back strong as ever.” He got an MRI this morning that showed “significant” debri
Shams Charania: Timetable expected for Eric Gordon’s absence from Rockets lineup: Up to six weeks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Salman Ali: Danuel House will start tonight in place of Eric Gordon. Gordon is day-to-day.
Tim MacMahon: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says it “looks good” for Eric Gordon (ankle) playing against the Bucks.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Eric Gordon listed as questionable to play in Sacramento on Wednesday. He sat out last night in Phoenix.
Salman Ali: Mike D’Antoni says Eric Gordon and James Ennis will play tonight.
Adam Wexler: D’Antoni says Gordon will return tonight, maybe 24 minutes or so, but obviously they’ll see how it goes. #Rockets @KPRC2
Coach Mike D’Antoni said over the weekend that he anticipates Gordon (right knee contusion) returning at some point this week and Paul (strained left hamstring) likely rejoining the lineup next week.
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: pic.twitter.com/tBoUWdsfOy
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: Eric Gordon good to go for the Rockets. Was questionable.
Alykhan Bijani: Eric Gordon QUESTIONABLE with a sore left knee for tomorrow night vs. Memphis. #Rockets
Jonathan Feigen: Eric Gordon to return for Rockets tonight in San Antonio.
Tim MacMahon: Eric Gordon (sore leg) is out again for the Rockets. “He’s getting close,” Mike D’Antoni said. “Hopefully next game.”
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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June 19, 2021 | 1:07 pm EDT Update
According to a source, Brooklyn’s Blake Griffin asked a Celtics player if he should join the team midseason and was told not to come to Boston because of the apparent dysfunction. At season’s end, multiple sources close to the players said several members of the locker room were welcoming a coaching change, noting Stevens did not appear to hold key players accountable, with complaints he was favoring Smart over others.
Walker maintained his professionalism throughout the season but his health issues, the team’s poor performance and boos from TD Garden fans — something that particularly “pissed him off,” according to multiple sources — made him sour on his situation in Boston and had spoken privately about being willing to move to a new team. It had become clear he was not going to be in the team’s long-term plans.
While Walker’s struggles might have made him seem like a disappointment relative to his role and salary, he was still good last season. He is well-liked, known for his geniality and positivity. According to multiple team sources, there was some dysfunction in the locker room, with the relationship between Stevens and Walker characterized as tension-filled. Sources also suggest that Stevens was also perceived to be harder on Walker than on other top players.
Several team sources felt Stevens was more aggressive with certain players this season, which included Walker who was criticized for his defensive mistakes. Those sources said Walker and Stevens began to butt heads, though the pair were considered to have a productive working relationship and mutual respect for one another.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the market to hire a new head athletic trainer after injuries ravaged their 2020-21 season. Nina Hsieh, promoted to head trainer two years ago, did not have her contract renewed, sources told ESPN.
L.A. let Marco Nunez go in April 2019 after three years at the helm after a season in which Lakers players lost 212 games because of injury. Before Nunez, Gary Vitti served in the role for more than 30 years. More changes are expected as the team is in the process of restructuring its approach to player health, sources told ESPN.
June 19, 2021 | 12:07 pm EDT Update
Malika Andrews: Nets Jeff Green, in part, on what he expects from Kevin Durant in tonight’s Game 7: “He’s been carrying us and I believe tonight won’t be no different. He’s going to go out there and play his heart out and put us on his back and lead us to the win.”