PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 26: Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Hornets celebrates after a defensive stop agianst the Phoenix Suns in the final moments of the season openning NBA game at US Airways Center on December 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Hornets Guard Eric Gordon -- the cornerstone of New Orleans' rebuilding project -- will sit out two to three weeks to rest his injured knee.
Gordon, the centerpiece of the package New Orleans received in the Chris Paul trade, returned after a four-game absence on Wednesday night against the 76ers but experienced swelling in his bruised right knee after the game.
Not good news. #Hornets guard Eric Gordon out 2-3 weeks. Injured knee needs rest.— Sean Kelley (@SeanKelleyLive) January 6, 2012
Gordon began the season with soreness in his knee, which he told reporters on Wednesday he had bumped against Grant Hill in the Hornets season-opening win against the Suns. Gordon hit the game-winner in the closing seconds of that game, and has scored 20 points in each of his two games this season.
With Trevor Ariza still out with a groin injury, your projected starters on the wing tonight against a very good Denver team are Marco Belinelli and Al-Farouq Aminu. Yep.
Gordon has had a bit of trouble staying on the court during his young NBA career, including last season when he missed 24 games in March with a wrist injury.
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