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.
Just another magical day in the Valley of the Sun, where clearly Jeff Hornacek was the problem….
During an early timeout in the Suns’ game at Golden State, Markieff Morris tried to explain something to Archie Goodwin, who is seated. This conversation gets heated quickly, and teammates eventually have to step in and separate the two teammates.
The Suns have shopped Morris around as the trade deadline approaches, this isn’t going to help his value.
We should find out more about what happened after the game ends, although I’m sure both sides will play it down as “nothing.”
This is how much Gregg Popovich trusts Kawhi Leonard on offense now: Tie game with 13.3 seconds remaining, and the play design is a 1-4 flat isolation for Leonard. It’s the kind of play teams will call for LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Popovich just called it for Leonard.
And he was rewarded with a game-winning bucket.
Leonard finished with 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 21, and the Spurs head into the All-Star break with a 45-8 record, on pace to win 70 games this season. And that still would only get them a two seed.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had been back just six games after suffering a torn labrum in the preseason that required surgery. The Hornets had won four of those six, were playing improved defense, and looked like a potential playoff team in the East.
He went straight to the locker room and did not return to the game (the Pacers got the win).
You can see the injury above. In a scramble for a loose ball, the Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi falls on MKG’s arm, dislocating his shoulder.
We don’t know the severity of all this and if MKG is going to miss time beyond this game. But it isn’t good.
There are no words to describe how sad this is.
Ingrid Williams, the wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach and former New Orleans Pelicans head coach, Monty Williams, died Wednesday at the age of 44 from injuries suffered in a car accident the day before.
Williams’ car was hit head-on by another vehicle that had crossed over the center divider, according to the Oklahoman.
The Monty and Ingrid had been married more than 20 years and have five children, ranging in age from 17 to 5. Williams is one of the better respected and personally liked coaches around the league, and the tributes have just started to pour in.
Our thoughts are with Williams and his family.