Will the person who injured Pelicans guard Eric Gordon please stand up?
Utah Jazz guards Trey Burke and Alec Burks disagreed with how Gordon was injured during the teams' game in Salt Lake City on Nov. 22.
Gordon came out of the game at 4:35 of the second quarter with a left shoulder injury that later was found to be a torn labrum. Gordon said the injury occurred when he was driving to the basket and Burke, 6 foot 1, grabbed his left arm, pulling his shoulder out of socket.
However, Burke, a second-year player out of Michigan, said he was not involved in the play on which Gordon was injured.
“I on the bench when it happened,” Burke said. “That was Alec. They got tangled up.”
Burks, 6-6, acknowledged that he was matched against Gordon when it occurred. However, it happened when Utah had the ball, he said, not when he was guarding Gordon.
“He was playing defense, and he was trying to stop me from cutting to the basket,” Burks said. “He wrapped me up, and I threw him off (of me), and his arm went back.
“I was going off a screen, and he was trying to hold me up. He left the game immediately."
Burke looked concerned. “How's he doing,” he said. Told that Gordon likely will be out at least three more weeks, Burke shook his head and said, “Aw, man, that's too bad. Hopefully, he'll be alright.”