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Rockets need to increase passing vs Warriors? Eric Gordon 'definitely would like to get the ball more'

Rockets need to increase passing vs Warriors? Eric Gordon 'definitely would like to get the ball more'

In Game 1 on Monday night, Rockets guard Eric Gordon scored 15 points.

He went 6-for-13 from the field, 3-for-7 from deep and registered three assists against four turnovers.

He would like to see the Rockets make some tweaks offensively in Game 2.

“I definitely would like to get the ball more for me to be aggressive and get good looks,” Gordon told Marc Spears of The Undefeated. “Offensively with everybody, we really don’t get real good looks ... we can’t isolate as much against a good defensive team. I don’t care who you are."

The problem for Gordon and the Rockets? This is what they do. It's their identity.

During the regular season, Houston was No. 1 in isolation plays -- 1,280 -- by a wide margin (the Thunder were No. 2 at 959).

Additionally, the Rockets were dead last in passes per game at 253.8. In Game 1, they only registered 226 passes.

For Gordon specifically -- he averaged 14 shots and 40 touches per game during the regular season.

In Game 1 -- he took 13 shots and touched the ball 39 times.

So it was a standard game for him in that regard.

"We have some of the best isolation players out there. But against a team like that, it’s going to be too tough," Gordon added.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Sources: Warriors' Steph Curry has surgery to remove pins from hand

Sources: Warriors' Steph Curry has surgery to remove pins from hand

The second surgery Steph Curry knew he needed on his broken left hand has happened.

Curry had surgery Friday to remove the pins that had been inserted in his hand, NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock confirmed through league sources.

The Athletic's Shams Charania was first to report news of Curry's surgery.

This procedure doesn't come as a surprise. Curry told the media on Nov. 11 that he would need a second surgery at some point in December, and last Friday, he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that the surgery would happen within a week or two.

Curry is still on track to be re-evaluated Feb. 1.

The two-time MVP suffered the injury against the Suns on Oct. 30. In 19 games without Curry, the Warriors are 3-16.

[RELATED: Steph knows Warriors' pain can be worse]

Missing at least four months has been tough on Curry, as he told Poole last Friday.

“It’s just hardest on your competitive spirit,” Curry said. “When you get around basketball and get around the locker room with the guys, that’s the part I miss the most. And I love to play.

“Three months is -- and I’d only played three-and-a-half games -- just weird. It’s unfamiliar territory. I’m enjoying the downtime, because it was unheard of, in my experience, in the middle of a season. It’s just weird.”

Warriors vs. Bulls watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Bulls watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

Wins have been hard to come by for the transitional Warriors this season. But a stop in Chicago to close out the road trip could change their fortunes. 

The matchup comes at a particularly perilous time for the Warriors, who have lost the last four games by an average of just over 15 points. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports begins at 4:00 p.m. PT, with tipoff scheduled for 5:00 p.m. from the United Center.

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While losses have come at a high rate for the Warriors recently, they beat the Bulls handily last month with Stephen Curry and D'Angelo Russell out of the lineup. With Russell back from a hand injury, a season sweep of Chicago remains in play. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Eric Paschall
F Draymond Green
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Glenn Robinson III
G D'Angelo Russell

Bulls
C Wendell Carter Jr.
F Lauri Markkanen
F Kris Dunn
G Zach LaVine
G Tomas Satoransky

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Stephen Curry (Left-hand fracture), Jacob Evans (Left adductor strain), Damion Lee (Fractured right hand), Alen Smailagic (G-League Assignment), Klay Thompson (Left knee rehabilitation) are out. D'Angelo Russell (Left finger sprain) is probable. 

Bulls: Cristiano Felicio (Right wrist fracture), Chandler Hutchison (Right shoulder sprain), Adam Mokoka (G-League two-way), Otto Porter, Jr. (Left foot, bone bruise), Max Strus (G-League two-way), Thaddeus Young (personal reason) is out.  

ROTATION

Warriors: Russell returned to the lineup Wednesday, scoring a team-high 18 points, two rebounds and two assists in a loss to Charlotte ... The Warriors have used 12 different starting lineups through 23 games, and have lost their last four games by a combined 61 points ... Golden State enters Friday's matchup with the league's worst defense, giving up more than 114.7 points per game ... However, rookie forward Eric Paschall continues to shine, averaging 18.7 points per game over his last 12 outings.

Bulls: Despite controversy between its head coach and players, Chicago has won two straight games ... Guard Zach Lavine has been fantastic, averaging 22.5 points, four rebounds, and 3.9 assists, including a game-winning shot against Charlotte last month ... The Bulls defense leads the NBA in forcing 18.3 turnovers per game. 

Officials: Eric Lewis (Crew Chief), Gediminas Petraitis, Lauren Holtkamp