His knee has been his major concern, but Eric Gordon revealed after the New Orleans Hornets' loss to the Denver Nuggets Friday night that he's been playing with a sore back.
Gordon has been sitting second games of back-to-backs all season long -- having not played Wednesday -- but the shooting guard revealed that he started feeling sore in his back during a game Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, and that it bothered him quite a bit against Denver:
"I haven’t been getting that much lift (on shot attempts) with my back feeling like this,’’ Gordon said.
Gordon missed the team's first 29 games due to his right knee, which required microfracture surgery. He's missed three additional games due to the team's restriction on back-to-back games. It appears as though Gordon will attempt to play in Saturday, marking an end to the team's restriction on his playing time.
The Hornets are simply a much better team with Eric Gordon in the lineup: they're 8-7 in the 15 games he's played, and 7-25 when he isn't in the lineup. Without him, the team's shooting guard options are Austin Rivers, who has been horribly inefficient in his rookie season, Roger Mason Jr., who is hard-pressed to do anything besides shoot threes effectively, or Xavier Henry, who hasn't shown anything to merit extensive minutes in his time in the NBA out of Kansas.
The NBA might have forgotten how effective Eric Gordon is -- he's only played in 24 games the past two seasons -- but he's a top-notch scorer when given the opportunity,. It's unfortunate that he's been riddled with injuries and that he still hasn't had an opportunity to play on a true contender, although perhaps the Hornets could be a .500 team if he's healthy.
The good news for the Hornets, who have dropped their last three and five of six, is that their next opponent is the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota is suffering through their own injury woes with Kevin Love out and have lost 11 of 12.