ADVERSITY AT ITS FINEST

Here's what Eric Gordon's injury means for the Rockets

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It was just reported today that Eric Gordon will miss two weeks because of an ankle injury. Gordon has looked good in practice, so it caused Mike D'Antoni to put him in the starting lineup over Danuel House. D'Antoni has raved about putting Gordon in the starting lineup despite a tough start against the Toronto Raptors.

"Actually, our lineup is better with Russell, James, Eric, P.J., and Covington," D'Antoni said last Friday.

D'Antoni felt Gordon added more of a veteran presence to the starting five he created.

Honestly, Gordon missing time can take away from his rhythm again. Missing two weeks is major for the Rockets. The Rockets are already chasing the third or fourth seed with a tough schedule ahead of them. They need every weapon before the shorter season starts. The team will miss Gordon's strong veteran presence and shooting.

"Of course Eric is a huge part of what we're doing. Hopefully, he can get his ankle healed soon as possible," said James Harden after the win against the Boston Celtics on Zoom. "But we've played with adversity all year. It's another opportunity for us to step up."

The Athletic's Kelly Iko reported that Austin Rivers' minutes will go up but who will get the starting position? It's looking like Danuel House could get his starting position back. Ben McLemore would be a good option because of his shooting. He understands his role well and uses his athleticism in transition. Do not be surprised if Robert Covington or P.J. Tucker move to the SF position for Jeff Green to start.

D'Antoni has a lot of options to replace Gordon. He is an offensive genius and will make the right decision for the Rockets. Hopefully, Gordon will not miss too much time.

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Another tough loss for Houston. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans lost again as their road game ineptitude continues. Former Texans stars DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt helped the Cardinals to the 31-5 victory.

1. The lack of talent is getting exposed earlier and earlier each week. The Texans have seen games slip away faster and faster from them each week. The team is overmatched almost everywhere.

2. Penalties remain a problem for the Texans. It seems like clockwork the team gets an illegal motion or illegal formation each week. Jordan Akins torpedoed a drive with a chop block. Max Scharping erased a positive play with a hold.

3. Davis Mills had some solid moments, but again, this team isn't good. It is hard to assess Mills with this team. He's making quicker decisions but he doesn't have the time or the players to make big plays.

4. The offensive line stinks. The interior of the line is still a mess and with Laremy Tunsil down the edges find themselves shaky as well. The running backs don't block well. The blocking tight ends don't block well. It is bad football in what was supposed to be a much-improved unit.

5. Desmond King was the best returner in the preseason. The team elected to give Andre Roberts an opportunity for a few games, but with his departure, the duties went to King. King is the most successful returner the Texans have had in a long while. Yes, it is that clear after just one game.

6. Max Scharping was benched in favor of Justin McCray. McCray produced similar levels of success. Scharping was benched last year for a journey-man veteran as well. The former second-round pick isn't getting it done.

7. Speaking of former second-round picks, Lonnie Johnson had an interception. That was the highlight of his day. Otherwise, Johnson frequently has me asking "what is Lonnie Johnson doing?" The former second-round pick at cornerback has been less than impressive at safety. Johnson seems to frequently be out of position or making the wrong choice in coverage.

8. DeAndre Hopkins had a solid day against the team that traded him away. Hopkins hauled in seven catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. After he scored, Hopkins looked to bring his hands together and mimic a prayer motion. I don't anticipate this was a nod to Arian Foster but perhaps could this have been about Jack Easterby?

9. The Texans had some sacks, but little of that action came when the game was close. Jonathan Greenard added two sacks to his total. The success Greenard is having is frustrating when you consider he couldn't get on the field last season. Charles Omenihu returned to action and had some pressures for the defense.

10. During the game reports surfaced that the Panthers might be interested in trading for Deshaun Watson. It was also reported by the Houston Chronicle Watson had vetoed a trade to Philadelphia, so the Eagles will not be involved in the Watson sweepstakes. The Panthers can only trade two first-round picks. The Miami Dolphins have three first-round picks they can trade for Deshaun Watson.

11. The Texans decided on a "culture" head coach in David Culley. His team has looked lifeless on the road. While the Texans took their beating, the Lions gave it their all against a good Rams team. Detroit is winless, but they play harder and better than the Texans. It grows clearer each week "culture" is meaningless if the team can't win.

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