The defending 3-Point Contest champion lost in the first round of this year’s event.
Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets just didn’t have it today for the 3-Point Contest. Tried as he did, he couldn’t defend his crown from last year in New Orleans.
Wearing the City Chinese New Year jersey, Eric Gordon went second-to-last in the first round and accumulated just 12 points. He started heating up at the end, but it just wasn’t enough for him to move on to the finals.
Thankfully, EG wasn’t quite in last place for the event. Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder had that honor, scoring just 9 points.
Still, Eric Gordon made Houston proud. Having a player participating in the 3-Point Contest is still a huge honor, EG’s shot just wasn’t there for All-Star Saturday night.
We still like the optimism and H-Town pride he showed before the event:
Eric Gordon flashes the 'H' as he is introduced. Said today he plans to repeat. "There's always a lot of good shooters, but that’s what I plan on. I keep it the same. I have a set shot that that assimilates to this style of shooting. I think it’s easier for me."
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 18, 2018
The rest of the season for Eric Gordon
The rest of the season is very important for Eric Gordon and the Rockets. His 3-point shot drastically needs to improve if the Rockets want to reach their full potential.
The rest of Gordon’s game, his defense and athletic driving ability, have been quite improved this season. It’s pretty nice to see how else EG can contribute even when his shot is off, as it has been most of the year. Imagine how dangerous he could be if he finds his 3-point stroke to finish off the year? The Rockets might not lose again!
What did you think of the rest of All-Star Saturday night? No other Rockets competed, but they still have James Harden and Coach D’Antoni going tomorrow for the All-Star Game.
We leave you with this plea:
They should’ve put Ryan Anderson in the Dunk Contest ?♂️
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) February 18, 2018