New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon just can't get away from the injury bug. His latest setback comes in the form of a sprained hand.
UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 18, at 8:21 p.m. EST by Tim Keeney
According to Jim Eichenhofer of Hornets.com, Gordon appears completely ready to go when the Hornets return to action on Tuesday night:
Eric Gordon (sprained hand) participated in full practice and will play vs. Chicago. Gordon collided with teammate last Wed. in shootaround— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) February 19, 2013
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There is no indication as to what caused the hand injury or how severe it is.
The good news here is that Wednesday's game is the Hornets' last before the All-Star break. Following the tilt with the Blazers, the Hornets won't be back in action until Tuesday, Feb. 19 when they host the Chicago Bulls.
Still, this news has to be frustrating for all involved. Gordon is still trying to make his way back to 100 percent from a troublesome knee injury.
The 24-year-old, who came to the Hornets as part of the Chris Paul trade prior to the 2011-12 season, injured his knee in his first game as a Hornet. Initially, he did not have surgery, but was forced to take that route when the knee did not respond.
He had arthroscopic knee surgery last February.
Gordon did not earn his first game action this season until Dec. 28, and he has been trying to build up strength and conditioning ever since. In all, Gordon has played in just 27 games as a Hornet.
He has appeared in 18 games this season while averaging 29.5 minutes and 16.4 minutes per game—both numbers are below his pre-injury standards.
This is all especially troublesome for Gordon and the Hornets as this is the last year on his current deal. His talent dictates a max deal, but his health suggests that is a risky route.