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Eric Gordon should return Tuesday

The Rockets are expected to take another step towards full health this week.

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Eric Gordon went down with a back injury against the Orlando Magic after playing just a few minutes, and the injury also forced him to sit out when the Houston Rockets spanked the Cleveland Cavaliers on national TV. But according to the Houston Chronicle, Gordon is expected to make his return to the lineup on Tuesday night when the Rockets take on the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.

Gordon’s had a history of back problems in his career, so when it flared up against the Magic, the organization wanted to be a little extra cautious to ensure it was just a short-term injury.

Head coach Mike D’Antoni plans to return Gordon to normal practice today, and as long as the guard’s back holds up well, as is expected, he’ll be back in action after missing just a single game.

Gordon came to the Rockets with quite an extensive injury history, and though he has missed some time here and there since arriving in Houston, he’s been as healthy as at any other point in his career. He played in 75 games last season, the second most of his career, and he’s missed just 3 games so far this season.

The Rockets have been dealing with a multitude of injuries of late, with Gordon, Trevor Ariza, and Chris Paul all recently missing some time, but they’ve been able to keep racking up victories despite not being at 100 percent. They’re currently on a four-game win streak and have also won 11 of their last 13 contests, including wins over the Cavs, Spurs, Warriors, Heat, Timberwolves and Trail Blazers.

Now with Gordon coming back and Ariza hopefully back later this week (for now, the Rockets are targeting Friday’s home game against the Denver Nuggets), the Rockets will be rounding into full health heading down the stretch into the All-Star break.

With the team sitting at 38-13, the second-best record in the league, holding the season tie-break over Golden State, and looking every bit the title contender we had hoped them to be, even while dealing with numerous annoying injuries to multiple players, getting totally healthy for the final months of the season sets them up to hold their destiny in their own hands.

Welcome back, EG!