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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Eric Gordon undergoes surgery to repair fractured finger, out 4-6 weeks


The 2015-16 New Orleans Pelicans season is really putting the resiliency of the human spirit to the test.

On Wednesday, the team announced that guard Eric Gordon underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured ring finger in his shooting hand suffered in Tuesday’s 114-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks.

The health of the oft-injured Gordon was actually one of the few things that hadn’t gone wrong for the 14-27 Pelicans so far in this nightmarish season. But now they can add it to their laundry list of sorrows as nearly every major rotation player has gone down with an injury at some point (including a couple of scares from franchise superstar Anthony Davis). Complicating matters is the team’s inconsistent two-way effort night in and night out, something that is even causing disillusionment from veteran center Kendrick Perkins as the losses pile up.

As for Gordon, he had slowly been finding his niche again as a dynamic scorer and spot-up shooter with 14.9 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game on 41.0 percent shooting from the field and 37.7 percent from deep. Now, Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, themselves banged up with various leg injuries, will be thrust into even more touches offensively as the Pelicans continue to serve as a case study in the extents of earthly suffering.

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