Rockets' Eric Gordon to return from injury Sunday

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon is expected to play in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans after missing nearly seven weeks because of a knee injury.

Gordon practiced with the Rockets on Friday, but coach Mike D'Antoni said he would not play Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets -- the first game of a back-to-back for Houston.

Gordon will, however, play against New Orleans on Sunday -- when Rockets star guard Russell Westbrook is scheduled to rest.

D'Antoni also announced that starting center Clint Capela is doubtful for Saturday's game because of a right heel contusion.

Gordon had surgery last month after tests showed debris in his knee. He has not played since Nov. 11, missing Houston's last 21 games.

Gordon had gotten off to a slow start to the season before the injury, averaging just 10.9 points in 29.4 minutes per game. He's averaging more turnovers (1.3) than assists (0.8).