The Minnesota Timberwolves’ public relations Twitter noted that Gordon would not play when the Hornets traveled to Minneapolis:
Keeping Gordon on the bench is a precautionary measure. As John Reid of the Times Picayune reported, the New Orleans team doctors have not cleared the young star to play in games on consecutive nights in order to protect his knee.
Per Reid, Gordon also shed light on his back issues and said, "It’s a little sore, but I’ve been dealing with it. With so much travel and games, it has been a little bit of wear and tear on me.''
On Friday, Gordon scored nine points in 25 minutes during a 113-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
This season, the 24-year-old is averaging 16.9 points per game while shooting 40.9 percent from the floor and 37.1 percent from behind three-point line.
New Orleans suffered through an 11-game losing streak earlier this year before Gordon returned from a knee injury that kept him out of all but nine games last season.
With their best scoring guard on the floor, the Hornets are 8-7 this season. The team is 15-32 overall and is on track to miss the playoffs once again.
The Hornets have young and exciting players such as Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson, but they desperately need Gordon’s production in the backcourt. This team will continue to struggle until its star player is fully healthy.