May 9, 2017, 9:18 am
The Rockets, as expected, will move Ryan Anderson to the bench in the wake of Nene’s injury and plug Eric Gordon into the starting lineup.
Gordon will allow the Rockets to stretch San Antonio’s defense incredibly thin right from the jump, while Anderson will be spared from having to defend LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol down low for all of his minutes. Gordon started the second half of Game 4 after Nene went down and notched a postseason-high 22 points, so he’ll be in line for some nice opportunities here. Expect everyone to play a lot, as Houston could be working with a very short rotation.