Currently, the injury is just being called "soreness", so it seems safe to say it's minor. That said, it's giving Gordon enough discomfort to the point that he may not play Friday. More information should emerge after Friday's morning shootaround regardarding his status.
Gordon finished with 14 points (4-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 34 minutes during Wednesday's 116-109 win over the Heat.
While Gordon flirted with a double-double Wednesday, his lack of shooting efficiency dampened his performance. That said, the fact that he took 13 shots and grabbed nine boards is encouraging, as the team will probably look to him more to be a scorer and rebounder for them this season with Serge Ibaka no longer in the fold.
Gordon tallied 27 points (11-24 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal across 38 minutes during Tuesday's 103-98 win over the Spurs.
Tuesday's performance is a great example of Gordon's upside as a player. Last season, he accrued four 20-point, 10-rebound performances. But, he spent half the season playing out of position at small forward while Serge Ibaka was still on the team. Now, he'll be the primary power forward on the roster with another year of development under his belt, giving him plenty of opportunities to score and rebound at a high clip.
Gordon will be joined by Bismack Biyombo and Elfrid Payton as players sitting out for rest, while Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross (hamstring) are out with their respective injuries. Look for Gordon to ba back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday's tilt with the Spurs and he's fully expected to open the sesaon as the team's starting power forward.
Gordon accumulated 17 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT) and 10 rebounds across 20 minutes during Thursday's 112-89 win over the Mavericks.
Gordon demonstrated his fantasy upside Thursday, needing just 20 minutes to drop a double-double. He's set to begin the season at the starting power forward -- a role he absorbed once Serge Ibaka was dealt to Toronto just prior to the trade deadline last season. While he didn't shoot well from beyond the arc Thursday, he's taken eight threes across 35 total preseason minutes, suggesting that expanding his range will be a point of emphasis this year.
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