Pelican’s Eric Gordon fractures finger, could miss four weeks

Associated Press

In a season marred by injuries in New Orleans, Eric Gordon has been the one exception — he played in all of the Pelican’s first 41 games (starting 40).

So much for that. Gordon fractured the ring finger on his right hand — his shooting hand — during the Pelican’s victory against the Timberwolves Tuesday night, coach Alvin Gentry confirmed after the game in his press conference. Officially, there is no timetable for his return.

“We’ll get more information (Wednesday) and figure out what has to be done, and go from there,” Gentry said of Gordon’s status.

However, at the New Orleans Advocate Scott Kushner reports it could be a month before Gordon is back on the court.

While the Pelicans wouldn’t give an official timetable, sources told The Advocate they expect Gordon to miss four weeks.

The injury happened in the third quarter.

This is a serious blow. The Pelicans are six points per 100 possessions better when he is on the court this season, with much of that improvement on the defensive end. Gordon is averaging 14.9 points and 2.7 assists per game, is shooting 37.7 percent from three. This likely means either Norris Cole or Jrue Holiday will become the starter with Tyreke Evans, and all three of them likely get more run now.

The Pelicans are in the early part of a seven-game homestand that is critical for them if they want to get back in the playoff picture in the West.