Eric Gordon Wrist Injury Reaggravated In Second Game Back For Clippers

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Eric Gordon Injury Reaggravated In Second Game Back For Clippers

Eric Gordon returned to the Los Angeles Clippers this week after missing 18 games with a sprained right wrist. He helped the Clippers end a five-game losing streak on Wednesday, and looked to take down the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. But a drive to the basket was met with a hard foul from Denver's Timofey Mozgov, and Gordon landed awkwardly on his right wrist. He was unable to shoot his free throws, and went to the locker room for X-rays. The Clippers held on to beat the Nuggets.

Gordon and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro acknowledged that Gordon will miss additional games, though Gordon told the Los Angeles Times that the pain is not at the same level as it had been with the initial injury. The Clippers are well outside the playoff race in the West, but L.A. has traded its 2011 first-round pick and, as such, has no incentive to lose games at the end of the season.

Gordon has missed 20 games in all this season, and the Clippers are just 4-16 in those contests. In his third season out of Indiana, Gordon has become a brilliant scorer that can both drive and shoot, and he's one of the few great young two-guards in a league becoming more point guard driven. He and Blake Griffin are the obvious building blocks of the Clippers, who should have cap space in the next couple of years to add another piece. The Clippers also own the rights to Minnesota's unprotected first-round pick in 2012.

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Eric Gordon Injury Potentially Leaves Clippers Without Star Guard Until All-Star Break

Eric Gordon, star scorer of the L.A. Clippers, will miss three to four weeks with a sprained wrist, the team announced Tuesday. Gordon didn't travel with the team to Dallas in advance of the Clippers 112-105 loss on Tuesday; journeyman Randy Foye started in EG's place.

Gordon, along with rookie Blake Griffin, has been a huge part of the L.A.'s relative success of late. The Clippers are 12-6 since Dec. 17, still really far away from any hint of a playoff run, but better than a season-opening 1-12 stretch showed. Gordon, in his third year out of Indiana, has been a wonderful perimeter compliment to the visceral force that is Griffin.

SBNation.com's Mike Prada wrote a glowing profile of Gordon last week; it's well worth a visit to see what L.A. will be missing.

The injury would be bad news any time, but comes at the head of a particularly tough stretch for the Clippers. The team has just two home games for all of February, and those are against the Bulls and Celtics. The All-Star break, during which Gordon may return, according to schedule, breaks up 11 straight road games from the Clips. The final game of the stretch is against the Lakers; that means the Clippers will be away from Staples Center for 10 straight games. That's brutal for any team. The Clippers without Gordon? It may be a bad losing streak in waiting.

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