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Eric Gordon practices, questionable for Thursday

The Rockets hope to have EG back against the Thunder

NBA: Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets have been battling injuries and lineup shuffling since the season started, but it sounds like they’re one step closer to having their full rotation. Eric Gordon, who has missed the last two games due to a strained right hip, was back at practice to today, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen. Gordon is officially listed as questionable for Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Being back to practice is a good sign for Gordon’s availability, and having him back on the court would be a boost to the Rockets, who have won three games in a row and are trying to bounce back after an ugly start.

Gordon hadn’t been shooting the ball well before his injury, hitting on just 32 percent from the field and 23 percent from deep, but is still averaging 15 points per game. He’s not going to shoot that poorly all season, and he’s a big part of Houston’s offensive attack, so getting him back firing away and out of his slump as soon as possible is of utmost importance.

Gordon’s also been the topic of trade rumors lately, getting floated along with a package of picks as a possibility for any deal involving Jimmy Butler of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but at least to this point, the Rockets are said to not be budging on including EG.

Even if Gordon returns, the Rockets will still be without Nene and Brandon Knight, but at least the team is on its way back to full strength.

We’ll keep an eye on EG’s availability for tomorrow, and either AK will have an update in his preview or we’ll have it for you in the game thread.