Eric Gordon, who returned to the Hornets lineup Wednesday and dropped 22 points, is back out.
He will miss the next two to three weeks to rest his knee, according to a tweet from Sean Kelly, radio voice of the Hornets. His knee experienced swelling after that game.
Gordon had sat out the four games prior to Wednesday resting his knee, but the one outing apparently aggravated the injury. This is something the Hornets don’t want to linger so they are going to let him rest it for a while.
Gordon was the centerpiece coming back to New Orleans in the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers. Gordon, 23, is one of the best young shooting guards in the game. When healthy. But he has had increasing injury problems the last couple years and it all makes one a little wary.
If the Hornets are going to be respectable this season they will need Gordon to play a big role. Marco Belinelli will get more run in the interim but the real burden will be the extra scoring needed from Jarrett Jack.
All the flashes going off every time Blake Griffin goes up for a dunk blinded people to the fact the Clippers desperately missed Eric Gordon. He was the outside balance to Griffin, and it was Gordon that was the Clippers leading scorer (23.7 a game).
The Clippers had gone 4-14 after Gordon went down Jan. 22, but things were better now because he is healed and finally back….
Not so fast.
Gordon re-injured his wrist Saturday night in a second quarter fall after a hard foul from Denver center Timofey Mozgov. Gordon went straight to the locker room and did not return.
Gordon will likely have timetable for his return after seeing doctors Sunday, but he will be out for a little while at least, coach Vinny Del Negro told the Los Angeles Times.
“He’ll stay back here. He’s got a bone fracture, a bone chip. Don’t ask me the correct [terminology]. The words are too long for me to pronounce. Ask Jasen Powell, ask the medical staff. But he will be out. How long, I don’t know. But it’s just real frustrating. I feel bad for Eric, but other guys are gonna have to step up.”