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Houston Rockets: Eric Gordon hopeful to return tonight vs. the Nets

By Michael Knight
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets in action against Jarrett Allen #31 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Rockets defeated the Nets 119-111. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets in action against Jarrett Allen #31 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Rockets defeated the Nets 119-111. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets should be getting some reinforcements just in time for tonight’s matchup against the Nets. Can they still win while being severely short-handed?

The injuries are starting to pile up for the Houston Rockets. First, Chris Paul went out with a hamstring injury. Then, Eric Gordon bumped knees and has been out for a couple weeks. Most recently, Clint Capela is having a thumb issue that will sideline him for a month or more.

To top it all off, the Rockets are also having issues with signing Danuel House to a full contract. He is currently on a two-way deal with the team and is out of NBA days to play. He is now in the G League while the two sides negotiate a deal to get him back up to the team. House is likely wanting to be a free agent soon while the Rockets would like to lock him up for multiple years.

Thankfully, the team will be slightly less short-handed tonight as they face the Brooklyn Nets in the Toyota Center. Eric Gordon is expected to be back and will likely start for the team at the small forward position. EG was starting to right the ship after a tough start to the season and has historically been better in the second half of the year. Hopefully, his addition will help the team as they look to get back to fully healthy.

There’s hope Nunnally and Gordon can play tonight for Houston against Brooklyn, league sources said. Gordon has missed the last eight games. https://t.co/8yO9Z3wi2i

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 16, 2019

James Nunnally

The Houston Rockets are also signing forward James Nunnally to a 10-day contract to help out with the depth issues due to injuries. Nunnally is a sharpshooter who has enjoyed most of his success overseas but is staying here to give the NBA another shot. So far this season, he played limited minutes with the Minnesota Timberwolves and shot 5/13 from deep for 38.5%.

If James Nunnally can succeed anywhere, it will be here in Houston with the Rockets. He will be allowed to shoot at will and should find himself with more freedom than ever before. He obviously knows how to shoot the ball (55.4% from 3 in the Euroleague last year!), let’s hope it can translate to the NBA level where the 3-point shot is a little farther.

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With no House, Nunnally should find himself with some minutes tonight. He certainly isn’t being given a 10-day contract to ride the bench. I wonder how much of an impact he can make as he tries to crack the rotation of one of the hottest teams in the league. With all the injury and outside issues, if he knocks down shots, it should happen.

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