Houston Rockets: Eric Gordon likes a post calling him out on Twitter

Houston Rockets Eric Gordon (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Eric Gordon (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets haven’t gotten what they need from Eric Gordon so far this season, but he’s still keeping tabs of criticism as motivation.

This season has been far from smooth for Eric Gordon. From flipping back and forth between starting and coming off the bench to his nagging knee injury, he was never set up to get into any type of rhythm all year. Now fully healed, Gordon’s time for redemption is here, as the Houston Rockets look to ramp up for a deep playoff run.

While Danuel House had taken his place in the starting lineup for much of the season, Mike D’Antoni elected to re-insert Gordon as a starter for the team’s first two tune-up games. Although everyone is still in scrimmage mode, the early returns from a healed Gordon haven’t been encouraging.

Gordon had a game-high -24 differential in the first game against the Toronto Raptors, shooting 4-for-11 from the floor and committing four turnovers. In Sunday’s victory over Memphis, his play only declined further. Eric’s three-ball was non-existent, as he shot 0-for-6 from beyond the arc and 4-of-13 overall.

Gordon’s slow restart has drawn the wrath of #RocketsTwitter as of late, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by Gordon himself. In a post near the end of Houston’s game against Memphis, Twitter user @Hou5ton4L tagged Eric in a post suggesting the team should look to replace him with Jerami Grant next season.

Sorry brother @TheofficialEG10 but you’re gone this offseason, gotta make space for our future acquisition! pic.twitter.com/OZwDa0cPEq

— Rob (40-24) (2-1) (@Hou5ton4L) July 27, 2020

Before long, Eric Gordon himself liked the tweet, hinting that he wanted to keep track of the content of the post.

When Eric Gordon uses this as motivation and starts playing great >>> pic.twitter.com/crVTF7FmPo

— Rob (40-24) (2-1) (@Hou5ton4L) July 27, 2020

The like surprised many Rockets fans, including Rob himself, the author of the tweet. “I feel bad now,” he said in a follow-up tweet. However, as another Rockets enthusiast, Chris White, pointed out, Gordon has a history of “liking posts with EG slander.”

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Everyone has their own ways of being motivated — Gordon’s might just be more unusual than most. In any event, there’s no denying he needs to pick his game up significantly if the Rockets are going to get anywhere. If it takes being called out to get him there, so be it.