After overcoming his latest injury,
What made Gordon a budding superstar before his time in New Orleans was his ability to bully his way to the free-throw line and supplement his game with freebies. He has been scoring at a decent clip since returning from a shoulder injury, averaging 13.2 points per game, but has been to the free-throw line just eight times in five games, a bad sign for his chances of keeping this up. Gordon is a good shooter, but probably not enough to sustain a scoring rate in the teens, though he'll probably still have a few more good games in him, with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday dealing with injuries.
If Gordon keeps getting 10 shots every game, he can probably serve a purpose for Fantasy owners, especially if he can add four to five assists consistently as well. However, when Holiday and Davis get back, it will be hard for him to keep this up, so don’t' drop anyone who might have some long-term value for Gordon -- he's probably just a short-term fix.
After sustaining an ankle injury during Monday’s loss over the Celtics,
Holiday has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game at Detroit, but there is no timetable on his return. His next chance to play will be Friday at Philadelphia.
"We think it's day to day, but we're not going to put a timetable on Jrue," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said.
The Pelicans are 4 1/2-point underdogs to the Pistons.
Gordon, who played with a black compression undershirt during the game to help stabilize his left shoulder, went 2 of 8 shooting from the field, misfiring all four of his shots from 3-point range and knocking down all two of his attempts from the charity stripe. He also added four rebounds and five assists in a 92-85 defeat. He played his seventh-most minutes (32:52) of the season on Monday. He has logged 34-plus minutes in six of 13 appearances this season.
New Orleans is a 2 1/2-point favorite at home vs. Washington.
Gordon has been out since November after tearing a labrum in his shoulder and coach Monty Williams said he is leaning toward allowing Gordon to play on Monday, but it will be a game-time decision.
Before the injury, Gordon averaged 9.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12 games.
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