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New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) drives past Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Pelican’s Eric Gordon re-fractures same finger that sidelined him for 15 games

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Well, that sucks.

Eric Gordon had been back in the Pelican’s lineup for four games after missing the previous 15 with a fractured ring finger on his right hand. But guess what happened this weekend:

He re-fractured that exact same finger Saturday against Utah while trying to swipe the ball out of Rudy Gobert‘s hands. Head coach Alvin Gentry guessed he would be out six to eight weeks, and while that is not official it would mean Gordon’s season is over.

He had averaged 15.2 points per game, and while he wasn’t efficient (or a long-term answer) New Orleans could have used his scoring. This season fit his pattern of missed time — he has missed 152 games in five seasons. And now that number is about to go up.

Gordon is a free agent this summer and he’s one of those guys that could get a contract that leaves the Twitterverse shaking its proverbial head. Think of it this way: The average NBA salary (the mid-level exception number) is going to be around $8 million, and the average starter will make around $12 million. In that market, Gordon getting north of $10 million a year from a team that missed out on its first targets is not out of the question. The larger risk with his history is the years — how many guaranteed years do you want to give a guy with this injury history?

Gordon will be a good barometer of just how crazy the market gets this summer.

Steve Kerr jokes Warriors lost to Lakers because they had focus of millennials

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Apparently Steve Kerr and Robert Sarver should get together and talk millennials.

Kerr’s Warriors looked terrible in getting their head handed to them by the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday in a stunning upset. If you’re a Warriors fan — or just a rational person — you can write this off to a one-off night for the Warriors where Stephen Curry was 1-of-10 from three, and the rest of the Warriors were 3-of-20. That’s not going to happen regularly.

But the Warriors have played down to the level of opponents lately, and coach Steve Kerr used the opportunity to smack his team around in the media to get their attention, via Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com.

“It’s actually pretty easy to explain,” Kerr said. “It’s the NBA, and if you’re not ready to play, anything can happen, and we weren’t ready.

“We had zero attention span out there at either end of the floor. Our guards were leaking out, not helping on the glass, turning ball over, over and over again. Not following the scouting report defensively. Not putting any pressure on the ball.”

Kerr emphasized that lack of attention and tried to be funny doing it.

Kerr said makes that joke all the time with Curry. Not sure they were laughing about it Sunday.

The Warriors have played down to the level of their competition more than they want to admit in the last few weeks (they were 10th in the league in net rating in their last 10 games BEFORE the ugly loss Sunday). I don’t think this is a reason for hand-wringing in the Bay Area, I expect they will find their focus again quickly. And they aren’t going to shoot that poorly again for a while.

Steve Kerr just wanted to make sure the message got through.

Stan Van Gundy on Pistons after loss to Knicks: “We were just terrible”

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 19: Head coach Stan Van Gundy of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the second half of the Pistons 98-86 loss to the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 19, 2016 in Washington, DC.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Pistons are in the middle of a playoff chase in the East — after Saturday night they are the nine seed, a game back of the Chicago Bulls (a team that just got Jimmy Butler back). In that situation, every game is a playoff game for the Pistons the rest of the way.

You couldn’t tell that from Detroit’s 102-89 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden Saturday.

Stan Van Gundy didn’t pull any punches about his team’s performance afterwards, via Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

“We should all be disappointed; it was ridiculous,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We were just terrible. We didn’t bring any energy to the game. We didn’t play well at either end. It was an embarrassing performance….

“They dominate us,” Van Gundy said. “We can’t play Arron Afflalo and Carmelo Anthony. We have nobody to play those two guys, and Robin Lopez always plays great against Andre.”

That’s true, the physical Lopez always gives Andre Drummond a challenge.  Still Drummond had 21 points and 16 rebounds, plus Tobias Harris added 18 points. But the Pistons could not get stops (the Knicks shot 52.3 percent) and point guard Reggie Jackson had a rough night.

SVG is trying to send a message through the media. When the Pistons traded for Harris at the deadline, it was always a move that might hurt in the short-term (this season) but likely would be brilliant down the line. This is a team still learning how to win at the NBA level, and Saturday was another painful lesson. Van Gundy made sure they understood.

Paul George dropped 38 on Wizards in Pacers’ win (VIDEO)

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Indiana doesn’t win this game without a huge night from Paul George — 38 points, including two free throws to win it at the end.

George has been resurgent of late, scoring more than 30 in his last two and averaging 26.5 in his last eight games, to try to will the Pacers into the playoffs. As of Sunday, they are 1.5 games ahead of nine seed Detroit, and this same Washington team is just a game back of that — which is why this was a huge win for the Pacers.

Spurs, missing 3 starters, improve to 30-0 at home

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard shoots during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Manu Ginobili added 22 points in his return from a gruesome injury, leading short-handed San Antonio to a 104-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night as the Spurs improved to 30-0 at home.

The Spurs won their eighth straight and extended their franchise record start to 53-9 despite the absence of starters LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan and Danny Green.

Manu Ginobili had 22 points in his return from a 12-game absence, showing no physical or psychological effects from testicle surgery on Feb. 5. The 38-year-old veteran fearlessly drove into the lane from the right side of the key in the third quarter, going between Sacramento’s Willie Cauley-Stein and Omri Casspi to score on a left-handed layup on the left side of the rim. Ginobili earlier stood in front of a charging Cauley-Stein and fouled the 7-foot center while stripping him of the ball on the layup attempt.

The dynamic Argentine’s return was a needed boost with Duncan and Green sitting out to rest and Aldridge out due to a migraine headache.

DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo had an easier time running the pick-and-roll with Duncan and Aldridge out. Quincy Acy also benefited early, scoring 14 points in the first half on 6-for-6 shooting. Cousins finished with 31 points.

Acy only had two points in the second half, though, as the Spurs’ interior defense stiffened.

Sacramento was unable to score in the opening 5 1/2 minutes of the second half. The Kings were 0 for 7 with three turnovers before Casspi made a 6-foot floating jumper with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter. Sacramento finished with 13 points in the third, avoiding matching a season-low for a Spurs’ opponent in the quarter when Casspi threw down a dunk with 28.6 seconds left in the period.


Kings: Rondo had nine points and eight assists in 37 minutes despite a multitude of ailments. The Kings’ point guard has a right ankle sprain, sprained right thumb, sprained right first metatarsophalangeal joint sprain and turf toe. … C Kostas Koufos missed the game with food poisoning. … The Kings have lost seven straight in San Antonio. Their last victory here was Jan. 20, 2012.

Spurs: San Antonio has the fourth-longest home winning streak in league history, breaking a tie with the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. The Golden State Warriors have won 44 straight home games dating back to last season, tying the ’95-’96 Bulls for the league’s longest winning streak. … Simmons made his first career start, filling in for Green. The rookie missed his only two shots, going scoreless in 16 minutes.