Pelicans guard Eric Gordon tested his injured shoulder and knocks back the time table on his return _lowres


New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon said Tuesday the healing and rehabilitation of his torn left labrum is going well.

“I will return to practice in two weeks,” Gordon said.

Gordon’s shoulder was injured Nov. 22 in a game at Utah. He was driving to the basket with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left in the second quarter when Jazz guard Trey Burke grabbed Gordon’s left arm.

Gordon said he felt the shoulder pop out of socket. That had happened before, he said, but this time the pain was intense.

He was placed on the inactive list but said then he would begin rehabilitation, and that surgery was a last option.

Gordon has missed the past seven games, with the Pelicans going 2-5 as the team tried to replace his scoring and overall play.

“He’s one of our weapons on offense, a good ball-handler who can drive to the basket and shoot from the perimeter,” said point guard Jrue Holiday. “And he’s a bulldog on defense. So, that’s what we miss.”