Eric Gordon Injury: Updates on Pelicans Guard's Finger and Recovery

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) plays in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
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The New Orleans Pelicans announced guard Eric Gordon re-broke the finger that sidelined him for 16 games earlier this season against the Utah Jazz on March 5. The injury ended his season after he underwent surgery.

Continue for updates.

Gordon Out for the Season After Finger Surgery

Tuesday, March 8

The Pelicans announced Gordon would miss the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign after undergoing surgery on his right ring finger. 

Gordon reportedly had the procedure Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, according to play-by-play announcer Scott Agness.

Gentry Comments on Gordon's Injury

Sunday, March 6

"I don't know for sure what happened, but it looks like he might have done the same thing again," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said, per's Justin Verrier.

"And that would be unfortunate because he worked so hard to get back. I thought he was really playing really good basketball," Gentry added. "For that to happen to him again, 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."

Gordon Unable to Shake Injury Bug

Gordon, 27, is averaging 15.2 points, 2.7 assists and one steal per game for the Pelicans this season. But injuries have again derailed the talented guard.

Indeed, injuries have been the story of Gordon's career. From the 2012-13 season to 2014-15, Gordon missed a total of 79 games.

When healthy, Gordon is a reliable scorer for New Orleans and takes pressure off Anthony Davis on the offensive end, giving the Pelicans a balanced attack behind their big man. But his inability to stay healthy this year has played a major part in the Pelicans' disappointing 2015-16 campaign after reaching the postseason last year.

Indeed, the Pelicans have struggled to keep any of their guards healthy. Fellow guards Tyreke Evans and Bryce Dejean-Jones, along with swingman Quincy Pondexter, have already been lost for the season, leaving the team thin at the position.

Thus, Norris Cole and Jrue Holiday will each be shouldering an even larger load of minutes for the team with Gordon out for the season. 


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