Perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate (and 2017 award winner) Eric Gordon has not been anywhere near himself so far this season. The Houston guard is shooting 30.9 percent overall, 28.4 percent on threes, has more turnovers than assists, and the Rockets have been 17.3 points per 100 possessions better with him on the bench this season.
The problem has been pain in his right knee, and Wednesday (as expected) he had his knee scoped to clean up the debris. He will be out for about six weeks, the team announced.
For Houston and Gordon, better to get this done early in the season and have him right later and for the playoffs rather than put it off.
The Rockets are off to a 7-3 start thanks to historic play from James Harden and a soft schedule (second easiest in the NBA so far). However, if the Rockets are going to be a real postseason threat they will need peak Gordon.