How Eric Gordon’s weight loss can be the key to a Rockets championship

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Although the Houston Rockets have James Harden and Russell Westbrook to carry most of the load, they are going to need Eric Gordon to perform well in order to win it all.

With the 2019-20 NBA season set to resume on July 30th, the Houston Rockets need to get back into gear and get ready for the playoffs. After the Clint Capela trade, we were able to see a small sample size of what the Rockets’ small-ball system looks like, however, we weren’t able to see it at its fullest potential.

Eric Gordon wasn’t 100 percent healthy during this small time frame. He missed multiple games due to the right knee surgery he underwent early in the season and wasn’t fully healthy even when he did play.

Gordon has struggled in the games he’s played this season, shooting a career-low 37 percent from the field. He’s also averaging the least amount of points per game in his time with the Rockets at 14.5.

Although the small-ball system has unleashed the full potential of Russell Westbrook and James Harden, the Rockets are going to need one more player to step up and take on the role of being the third option on offense. That player is Eric Gordon.

Fortunately for Houston, the unexpected break could be just what Eric Gordon needed to take on that role.

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