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Rockets' Eric Gordon out 6 weeks after right knee surgery

Rockets guard Eric Gordon had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined six weeks, the Rockets announced in a statement Wednesday.

The Houston Chronicle‘s Jonathan Feigen added that D’Antoni said a piece of debris was found on an MRI Tuesday morning.

Gordon will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday and likely will be out for roughly six weeks. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said a piece of debris was found on an MRI Tuesday morning.

“It’s been bothering him, actually, from the middle of last year,” D’Antoni told reporters. “I think he’s probably relieved that he can clean it up, get it going, so he can come as back strong as ever.”

Gordon played on Monday night, scoring 17 points in 29 mnutes, but sustained a knee injury during the third quarter. He said the injury has kept him out of sorts on the court all season long.

“I haven’t been able to do all I really want all year,” Gordon said. “I’ll be able to be more balanced, more athletic. I knew I wasn’t on balance all year. I’ll be able to get it right, now.”

Gordon’s absence is the latest in a string of them for Houston, which already will be without swingman Gerald Green for the season after he had foot surgery. Forward Daniel House Jr. is expected to miss Wednesday’s game against the LA Clippers (7:30 ET, League Pass) as well. Ben McLemore is the likely candidate to replace Gordon in the starting lineup, the Houston Chronicle reported, with Chris Clemons perhaps seeing a larger role as well.

The veteran sharpshooter has been struggling this season, shooting just 30.9% from the field and 28.4% from beyond the arc, averaging just 10.9 points. For his career, Gordon is averaging 16.6 points while shooting 42.6% from the field and 37.2% from deep.