Eric Gordon will have some pain and will wear a small brace on his right hand, but the Pelicans guard is ready to get back on the court.
He'll return to the starting lineup on Saturday, when New Orleans hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Smoothie King Center, after missing 16 games with a fractured right ring finger.
"There's still a little bit of pain and swelling," Gordon said. "I just wanted to get to a point where I'm able to be out there to play and try to be somewhat comfortable. It's going to take time to heal even more. It's going to get better. I just want to be out there where I can be able to shoot and dribble without too much problem."
Gordon hasn't played since a Jan. 19 home win against the Timberwolves, but his 101 made 3-pointers still rank second on the Pelicans to Ryan Anderson's 113. Gordon is averaging 14.9 points, 2.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.
He'll wear a small wrap that holds two of his fingers together, which Gordon said will require some adjustment.
"It somewhat restricts you as far as dribbling and even shooting, in a way," Gordon said. "But I'm just going to be out there. I should be fine. I'm doing things that are normal as far as catching and shooting when I'm moving around. It won't be that restrictive."