The Pelicans’ Eric Gordon will miss his second consecutive game with tendinitis in his left knee, the guard said Monday night.
Coach Monty Williams said before the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Smoothie King Center that he was leaning toward holding Gordon out because of “the things I saw (Monday) morning” during the team’s shoot-around. Gordon implied that he was not playing as a precaution.
“I have a little bit of knee tendinitis, but nothing very serious,” said Gordon, who is in his sixth NBA season.
He missed Saturday’s victory against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat after sitting out the second half of Friday’s win at Atlanta. Gordon had ice bags on the knee during the first quarter against the Hawks.
“I was going for a rebound and kind of landed kind of funny,” Gordon said. “I think I’ll be fine — just have to take it day to day.”
Gordon said he had been feeling pain in the knee since then, but it has gotten better. He said he hopes to play in Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, who traded him along with Al-Farouq Aminu and center Chris Kaman in exchange for All-NBA point guard Chris Paul before the 2011-12 season.
Gordon has missed just six games this season — three with a bruised right hip, one to illness and the past two with tendinitis. He played in just nine games his first season in New Orleans, during which he had right knee surgery in February. Last season, he played in 42 games, missing 40 with a patella disorder and because he was restricted from playing in the second of games on consecutive nights.
Gordon is averaging 15.4 points, second among active Pelicans behind Anthony Davis. He’s shooting 43.6 percent from the field, including 40.9 percent on 3-point attempts.