New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon said he will go through a workout before Monday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers to determine if he can play.
Gordon has had a bruised right hip since falling hard after a collision when he drove to the basket against the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 23. He has missed the past two games, and the status concerning his return has been day-to-day.
“Later, I'm going to go through a workout, see what I'm capable of,” Gordon said after Monday morning's shoot-around at New Orleans Arena. “I haven't really run.”
Gordon said he's had a lot of stiffness in the hip, particularly in the morning, and that it has hampered his movement and prevented him from jogging.
He has been resting and undergoing treatment with the Pelicans' training staff. However, he said he's starting to “ramp up” his preparation in an effort to return to the court.
“I still have discomfort, trying to do all the things I need to do as far as jumping, running and being as explosive as I want to be,” he said. “It is feeling a lot better. Now, I'm just trying to ramp it up and see where I am tonight.”
The past two seasons, Gordon played in a total of just 51 games due to knee and ankle injuries. He missed nearly the first two months of last season with a patella disorder in his right knee, then was on a restriction the rest of the season in which he did not play in back-to-back games. Then, his concern, he said, was risking further injury, even career-threatening.
This season, he had played in all 26 of the team's games, scoring in double figures 21 times, but he'd been injury-free. With his hip injury, Gordon said he wanted to make sure he could do what he normally does so that he could help the team.
Asked when he thought he likely would return from this ailment, Gordon said he didn't know, but that he was encouraged because he knows the injury is not as serious as previous ones.
“I don't know because there's going to be pain, and I'm going to have to play through it,” he said. “I know that at the end of the day, I'm going to be fine. It's tough to put a percentage on it, but I'm going to have to play through it soon.”
The injury occurred when Gordon drove to the basket and leaped, and Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas went under him. Gordon said he has seen a replay of the play and didn't think it was dirty on Thomas' part.
“No,” he said. “He was trying to protect himself and make sure he didn't get kicked in the face.
“It was a bad fall. When I was in the air, there was nothing I could do to control myself. I tried to grab (Thomas) as I was going down. Next thing you know, I was landing straight dead on my hip, so it was an awkward situation.”
After Monday's game, the Pelicans hit the road for four games, beginning New Year's Day at Minnesota and lasting until Jan. 7 at Miami. The Pelicans also play at Boston on Jan. 3 and the next day against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Gordon's hometown.
New Orleans' next home game is Jan. 8 vs. Washington.