Guard Eric Gordon fractured a bone in the ring finger of his shooting hand, leaving him out for an undetermined amount of time, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Tuesday night.
The Pelicans’ starting shooting guard was injured midway through the third quarter of New Orleans’ 114-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Smoothie King Center. He hasn’t missed a game this season, starting 40 of the team’s 41 games and logging at least 15 minutes in every game.
“Obviously, it sucks,” point guard Jrue Holiday said. “It seems like every year someone is getting hurt with like a pretty big injury. Our team is going to have to step up and fight through adversity again.”
While the Pelicans wouldn’t give an official timetable, sources told The Advocate they expect Gordon to miss four weeks.
Gordon is averaging 15 points per game, connecting on 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers and serving as a valuable court-spacer in their free-flowing offense.
“It’s not something you can control,” forward Ryan Anderson said. “It happens. It’s tough. Obviously we’re really going to miss a guy like Eric out. It means guys are going to have to step up once again. Obviously prayers are with him, and I hope he makes a speedy recovery.”
While Gordon is out, it’s uncertain whether the Pelicans will insert Jrue Holiday or Norris Cole into the starting lineup. Gentry often has stated how pleased he is with Holiday’s performance coming off the bench.
“I don’t know; I guess I’ll figure it out,” Holiday said. “Again, it’s just the opportunity for someone else to step up.”
Forward Anthony Davis said he expected Holiday to at least partially fill Gordon’s role, but he knows it will take more than one person to fill the void.
“I guess No. 11 is back in the starting lineup,” Davis said. “We just have to try to figure it out. It’s time for guys to step up now. We are going to miss him for sure, because he brings a lot to the table and is shooting the ball well. It’s going to be tough without him, but we still have to find a way to win.”