Rockets’ Eric Gordon opens up about how to guard Chris Paul

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Eric Gordon is preparing to guard Chris Paul in the first-round playoff series between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Gordon spoke with reporters and provided his scouting report on his former teammate.

“He’s a very smart player. What we need to do is try to pressure him as much as possible. You don’t want his intelligence of the game to make a big effect.

We definitely know how he is. We know who he is. We’re going to try our best and make sure he doesn’t have as good of an impact.

You’ve got to try and crowd him, and play with your hands up. You’ve got to put the pressure on him as much as possible. He can shoot — better now, it seems like, at this point in his career — but you definitely want him to put the ball on the floor sometimes, too.

Like I said, you don’t want his intelligence to take over the game. You’ve just got to pressure him, and crowd him a bit,” said Gordon, via Ben DuBose of USA TODAY Sports.

Game 1 between the Rockets and the Thunder will take place on Tuesday.

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