Ryan Anderson is experiencing back spasms and will miss tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Ryan Anderson will sit out due to an injury for the first time this season. The Houston Rockets have gone without him several times due to illness.
In Anderson’s place, Eric Gordon will start for the first time since before Patrick Beverley came back from injury in November. Point guard James Harden will match up with the Utah Jazz‘s power forward on defense. That won’t be new for the Beard, who guarded Marc Gasol recently.
With Rockets forward Ryan Anderson out, he'll get therapy tonight to determine if he'll make the trip to Chicago.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 8, 2017
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Additionally, Ryno might miss the road trip to Chicago later this week. This season, Anderson has been shooting much better on the road than at home, so his absence will likely be more felt against the Bulls than tonight.
For the Jazz, starting point guard George Hill will also sit with an injury, and Dante Exum will start in his place. Utah boasts one of the league’s best defenses, and Hill’s absence won’t take much away from their stinginess.
One of the best things about the Rockets this year is the number of shooters that Mike D’Antoni has at his disposal. Even if a player like Ryan Anderson is injured or has an off night, there are always plenty of marksmen on the perimeter for the Beard to look for on drive-and-kicks.
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