The New Orleans Pelicans announced Tuesday that guard Eric Gordon is out for the remainder of the season after going under the knife for his fractured right ring finger.
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Gordon, 27, had surgery on the finger in the late January, but re-injured himself during Saturday night’s 106-94 loss to Utah Jazz.
He suited up for 45 games this season, averaging 15.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 33 minutes a night.
Per the Times-Picayune:
According to Yahoo Sports, the Pelicans are expected to extend a 10-day contract to shooting guard Orlando Johnson, who has played 30 games in the NBA Development League with the Austin Toros this season, averaging 15.5 points. He played briefly in the NBA this season with the Phoenix Suns, appearing in two games and averaging 8.0 points.
In all, 14 Pelicans’ players have missed a combined 175 games this season. Quincy Pondexter (left knee), Tyreke Evans (right knee) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (right wrist) all underwent season-ending surgery. Gordon was set to undergo surgery on Tuesday and is likely to miss the rest of the season. Gordon fractured the same finger for the second time since January.
“I’ve never seen nothing like this,” Gordon said about the team’s injury problems this season. “I’ve never had a surgery or anything until I got here.” […] “Not in the 27 years that I’ve been in the league and not in the 11 years that I was in college,” (Alvin) Gentry said. “There’s been so many where we finally get a guy healthy and then another guy goes down. It has been a very frustrating year.”