Injury updates: Eric Gordon, DeMarcus Cousins probable for Monday in Chicago

After playing extremely shorthanded in two consecutive games, the Houston Rockets should have several reinforcements in time for their next game on Monday in Chicago, according to head coach Stephen Silas.

Veteran guard Eric Gordon (left lower leg tightness) and center DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle soreness) are each probable for Monday. Gordon missed the last two games with what the team has described as a minor issue, while Cousins sat out Saturday. Sterling Brown, who also missed Saturday’s game, is questionable for Monday with his own leg injury.

John Wall will miss his third straight game with left knee soreness, though Silas said after Sunday’s practice that it is not a major concern. “I don’t believe it’s a long-term deal, from the information I’m getting from the performance staff,” he said. “It seems like a day to day thing.”

Danuel House Jr. remains sidelined due to a mandatory self-isolation period under the NBA’s new COVID-19 health and safety protocols. His eventual return date to team activities is unknown, per Silas.

The potential return of at least two key veterans (Gordon, Cousins) and the debut of recent trade acquisition Victor Oladipo is critical for Silas, whose Rockets have only had nine and eight active players, respectively, over their last two games in San Antonio. Saturday’s number was the minimum requirement for an NBA game to be played.

Monday’s tipoff between the Rockets (4-7) and Bulls (4-8) is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Central time from Chicago’s United Center.


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