Report: Eric Gordon ruled out indefinitely

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Eric Gordon comes into the season with a lot to prove. His newly minted max contract combined with his flirtations with the Phoenix Suns have him looking to prove his worth as a player and seeking redemption with Hornets’ fans.

All of that will have to wait, though. Gordon, still having soreness in his knee (an issue that goes back to last season), is not yet ready to play and will miss the Hornets’ season opener. And maybe much more than that according to Jim Eichenhofer of Hornets.com:

Eric Gordon out vs. Spurs. Monty: “The way I understand it, he’s going to be out indefinitely, until we get more clarity on what’s going on”

Gordon’s coming off a season in which he only played in 9 of the Hornets 66 games after being traded to New Orleans from the Clippers. The season before he only played in 56 of 82 contests and has already missed 107 games in his four year career. Durability is not a strong suit of his so, in a way, this is not a surprise. But, this is now your max salaried player and having him unavailable with no certain date of return is not only concerning but frustrating if you’re a Hornets fan.

Monty Williams will turn to rookie Austin Rivers to start in Gordon’s stead. Rivers has been dealing with his own ankle issues but is ready to go and contribute. Free agent acquisition Roger Mason Jr. is also likely to see an uptick in minutes with Gordon on the shelf.

But none of that can truly compensate for Gordon being out. He’s their best perimeter player and, next to #1 overall pick Anthony Davis, the face of the franchise. Having him out for any extended period of time sets this team back and only continues to fuel any doubts about Gordon’s contract and durability. Here’s hoping he recovers soon. Not only for the Hornets’ sake, but for his own.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head, literally (video)

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This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.

The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.

Harrison Barnes banks in game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer (video)

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With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.

Emphasis on “almost.”

The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.

Heat snap Celtics’ 16-game winning streak

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The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.

After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.

The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.

Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.

The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.

Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)

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Is Enes Kanter mad Serge Ibaka rifted with his family?

(No, not this family. That family.)