Eric Gordon underwent successful surgery on his fractured right ring finger.
Despite the successful surgery, Gordon will still miss the remainder of the season as his injury-riddled career takes another hit. Despite playing 78 games in his rookie year back in the 2008-09 season, the 27-year-old has been unable to last more than 64 games in each of his following seven seasons in the NBA. Nevertheless, his current recovery timeline should allow him to be ready at the onset of the 2016-17 campaign.
Eric Gordon (finger) was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the season, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
The New Orleans Pelicans have yet to formally confirm that Gordon indeed underwent the procedure, but that information figures to surface within the next few days. Barring an unexpected swift recovery from a procedure that normally requires at least a month-long rehab, Gordon will close the book on another injury-plagued campaign in which he averaged 15.2 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.2 rebounds over 45 appearances. Gordon will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but it's unclear if the Pelicans are interested in retaining him.
Coach Alvin Gentry suggested that Eric Gordon , who fractured his right ring finger in Saturday's loss to the Jazz, could be at risk of missing the remainder of the season. "If it's gonna be six-to-eight weeks -- and I'm just speculating right now, I don't know that for sure -- but if that's gonna be the case, it pretty much takes him until the end of the season," Gentry said.
Gordon previously fractured the same finger in late January and required surgery, which forced him out of 16 games. The New Orleans Pelicans initially ruled Gordon out for four-to-six weeks the first time around, so it's possible that the team could exercise even more caution this time around. With just over a month left in the season and the Pelicans facing long odds to make the playoffs, it seems quite plausible that the team will shut Gordon down, but official word on that front should come in the next few days. Jrue Holiday started at shooting guard in the second half of Saturday's game in Gordon's place, and could take over the starting role for the duration of Gordon's absence.
Eric Gordon fractured his right ring finger in Saturday's game against the Jazz and will not return
This is tough news for Gordon as he broke his right ring finger for the second time this season Saturday. His first broken ring finger required surgery and sidelined him for 16 games, so he'll likely be sidelined for the foreseeable future after re-injuring it Saturday. Jrue Holiday could slide over to shooting guard in Gordon's absence and Alonzo Gee is a candidate to take Gordon's spot as well. The team figures to provide a timetable for Gordon by the end of the weekend.
Eric Gordon scored 23 points (9-19 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go with five rebounds and four assists over 34 minutes in a 94-86 loss to the Spurs on Thursday.
A fractured right finger kept Gordon sidelined from Jan. 21 to Feb. 25, but the former Hoosier is making up for lost time. Re-assuming his spot in the starting lineup, Gordon has averaged 22.7 points with 1.3 steals in his three games back from injury. Now shooting 11-for-24 from beyond the arc since his return, Gordon seems primed for a strong run as the season winds down.
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