NEW ORLEANS — Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon was in line to sit out Monday night’s game against Denver with a sore left ankle.

Coach Monty Williams said during his pregame media session that it was “highly unlikely” Gordon would play. Gordon dressed for the game but was not in the starting lineup. Darius Miller, a rookie from Kentucky, started in his place.

Gordon joined point guard Greivis Vasquez on the sideline, meaning the Hornets were without their starting backcourt.

Williams said after Monday morning’s shoot-around that Vasquez would miss his first game of the season after he “tweaked” his left ankle during Sunday’s practice. The ankle had been bothering Vasquez for weeks.

“I just found out about midday today (about Gordon),” Williams said. “Par for the course.”

Gordon tweeted a picture of the ankle, which appears to have some swelling. He missed the first 29 games of the season with a right bruised knee and patella disorder before returning Dec. 29 vs. Charlotte. Since, he has been restricted to 30 minutes per game and hasn’t played the second of back-to-back games. Gordon, who has played 30 games this season, is averaging 16.5 points, tied with power forward Ryan Anderson for the team lead.

Vasquez said he will have an X-ray on Tuesday and try to be ready for Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He had started in all 70 games this season, 69 at point guard.