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Frank Vogel remains confident of Eric Gordon despite Game 1 woes

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Amidst the Phoenix Suns trailing in the first-round playoff series 1-0 to the Minnesota Timberwolves, they will look for a response after a 120-95 defeat in Game 1 and push their struggles behind them.

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One of those players who the Suns hope will have a bounce-back performance is Eric Gordon after he had zero points, was 0-for-5 from the field and was 0-for-4 from three in 21 minutes of action against Minnesota.

Besides two games against the Los Angles Clippers this month in which he scored 11 points, Gordon has had no more than five points in a game since the start of April.

His recent play could raise questions about whether other players should receive more minutes than him moving forward or let him remain in the same role.

When asked if he maintains confidence in Gordon turning it around, Suns head coach Frank Vogel still believes that the 17-year NBA veteran can still make an impact whenever called upon.

“I like Eric Gordon and I like the threat at any game he can go in,” Vogel said. “If he goes 0-for-5 tonight, he can go 5-for-5 in the next game, he is just that type of player.”

In his first season as a Sun, Gordon has played 68 games (24 starts), averaging 11 points, 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game. The 2015-16 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award winner signed a two-year, $6,552,719 contract with Phoenix last offseason.

Known for his elite three-point shooting throughout his career, the 35-year-old has been one of, if not, the first guy(s) off of the Suns’ bench for most of the season and is very reliable when it comes to going up against the opposing teams’ second units. Vogel has gone to a mixture of Gordon, Bol Bol, Drew Eubanks and Royce O’Neale from the bench this year.

On Tuesday for Game 2, Eric Gordon and the Suns will seek revenge as they face the Timberwolves inside Target Center at 4:30 p.m. PT.

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Reporter Alec Cipollini covers Phoenix Sports News for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account, @AlecCipollini

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