The season didn’t begin the way the Rockets hoped it would and even though the journey was wildly different than last season, it ended in the same fashion – at the hands of the Warriors.…
June 27, 2019, 7:57 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Rockets are becoming more confident in their ability to land Jimmy Butler and that the team is lining up deals that would make a sign-and-trade possible.
Adding Butler would cost Houston Eric Gordon and Clint Capela, but Feigen notes that P.J. Tucker is not currently expected to be included in any Butler-related trades. This is all still quite early in the process, too, as while the Rockets have started increasing their prep work, they still don't know exactly how Butler feels about the prospect of joining Houston. Stay tuned.
Source: Houston Chronicle
June 26, 2019, 4:07 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Rockets have offered up Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker to teams with cap space in hopes of recouping draft picks that can be used in a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler.
Butler has been adamant that he's a max player and seems likely to pursue the best financial offer available, which would put Philadelphia in the driver's seat. If the Rockets do make a compelling case, however, the Sixers might be willing to work on a sign-and-trade considering how Butler behaved last year when he wasn't in a situation that he liked. This way Butler would get his five-year deal and the Sixers would get plenty of assets in return. There are not many teams with tons of cap space available, which is why Capela, Gordon and Tucker are being offered up individually, but they all would be solid additions to most rosters around the league.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 5, 2019, 5:04 pmEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon, James Harden and P.J. Tucker are the three Rockets that will participate in Team USA training camp.
James Harden will no doubt be invited to join the team as he has proven to be one of the best players in the NBA. It is more of an honor for Gordon and Tucker to be invited as neither are looked at as superstars. Gordon's opportunity to make the team will be as an experienced scoring guard off the bench. He will have plenty of competition in making the final 12 man roster. However, the invitation alone should be looked at as an honor for all three players.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
May 18, 2019, 12:36 pmEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said that he would like to sign Eric Gordon to a contract extension.
Gordon said after Houston's elimination that he loves Houston and would want to finish his career there. This seems to be a happy marriage if both sides can just agree on the figures. Gordon is due to make $14 million next season and is eligible to receive a four-year, $75.6 million extension. The 31-year old guard put up 17.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 blocks and 3.5 triples over 11 postseason games and his 3.2 triples per game in the regular season was sixth in the league.
Source: Houston Chronicle
May 11, 2019, 12:09 amEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon was shut down on Friday, managing just nine points on 4-of-10 shooting with one rebound, four assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.
Gordon's quiet night spelled the difference between elimination and a Game 7 in this series. His contributions on offense have been key for the Rockets in this series and it looks like that Houston will need to go back to the drawing board for 2019-20 and figure out how to emerge as the Western Conference champions.
May 9, 2019, 1:20 amEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon shook off an ice-cold first half to end Wednesday's Game 5 loss with 19 points on 5-of-14 shooting with two rebounds, two 3s, one assist, one steal and one block.
Gordon stunk early, going 0-for-7 from the field before the halftime break, so it was good to see him finally get it together later in the game. Sadly, it was too little, too late as the Rockets lost in the end. They will need Gordon to be present and productive from tipoff to ending whistle in a must-win Game 6.
May 7, 2019, 12:23 amEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 6-of-17 shooting with four rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and two triples in Game 4 against the Warriors on Monday.
Gordon went 2-for-12 from deep, which was regression to the mean working its hardest after his 7-for-14 game on Saturday, but he was still able to put up 20 points in a winning effort. Gordon's ability to attack the hoop and draw fouls helps the Rockets reprieve James Harden and those minutes are huge if the Rockets are going to take a lead in this series.
May 4, 2019, 11:34 pmEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon put up 30 points in Saturday's Game 3 win over the Warriors, going 11-of-20 from the field and 7-of-14 from deep.
Gordon got off to a hot start and kept the Rockets close in the first quarter when it looked like the Warriors would put up a big early cushion, and he continued his solid play with a number of big shots throughout the night. Chris Paul was also solid with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, though he couldn't get a shot off on the final possession of regulation with a chance to close things out. In fairness, he did win the ensuing jump ball to prevent the Warriors from getting a last-second opportunity as well. If the rest of Houston's backcourt starts rising up towards James Harden's level, we could be looking at a long series.
May 1, 2019, 1:12 amEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon scored 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field (3-of-7 from deep) but didn't do much else in his 36 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.
That was it for Gordon's stat sheet except for one rebound and three turnovers tonight. Similarly, Austin Rivers (illness) put up 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting (4-of-6 from three) with just one rebound and two assists to go with his three turnovers in 24 minutes. They each averaged about two rebounds and two assists per game this season, so we shouldn't expect too much more. But now down 0-2 in the series, the Rockets will be hoping for a little extra.
April 24, 2019, 10:57 pmEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon was effective in 40 minutes, finishing Wednesday's win with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.
Gordon tied for the most minutes played on the team and will be relied on heavily in the next round for his elite shooting ability. Gordon ended his series shooting an absurd 49.5 percent on 3-pointers.
April 23, 2019, 1:12 amEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon scored 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting with five 3-pointers, a rebound, an assist and a block in Monday's Game 4.
Gordon started off hot and did all the stuff the Rockets expected him to do, but late in the game he was unable to hit timely shots for Houston. He'll get another crack at some open looks due to Utah's defensive scheme.
April 18, 2019, 12:25 amEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon outplayed Donovan Mitchell once again in Game 2 as the Rockets beat the Jazz 118-98 on Wednesday.
Gordon scored 16 points on an efficient 6-of-11 shooting and 3-of-6 shooting from long-range. He also contributed one rebound, two steals and one block to the stat sheet. Gordon is tasked with guarding Mitchell, which is the toughest defensive assignment on the Rockets and he is thriving in that role. He has held him to 30 points on 37 shots in the series thus far. This series could potentially end in four games if Gordon continues to play at this high of a level.
April 15, 2019, 12:14 amEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon held Donovan Mitchell to 19 points on 18 shots on the defensive end, and he contributed 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting on the offensive end in a huge Game 1 win over the Jazz on Sunday.
He went 3-of-5 from deep and added three rebounds and two blocks to the stat sheet. Gordon was tasked with guarding Mitchell and had a fantastic Game 1 performance. This series will be over quickly if Gordon continues this level of play throughout. Fellow 3-and-D starter PJ Tucker scored 11 points with three triples and two steals. These two guys are X-factors in determining how successful the Rockets will be in the playoffs this season.
April 10, 2019, 1:09 amEric GordonG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon went 3-of-12 from the field in Tuesday's loss to the Thunder, scoring eight points with a steal, a block and two 3-pointers.
Gordon had a historically bad start to the season, unable to hit any shots from deep, which was a part of the Rockets' struggles early on. He shot .320 from deep on 8.5 attempts which made him do more harm than good, but since the ASB he's hit .440 from beyond the arc on 9.4 attempts. The 4.1 3s per game were sure to help head-to-head owners down the stretch, but roto owners had much more of a struggle keeping Gordon on rosters as he only netted top-140 value total, and he finished in that range per-game too.