Gordon has played in only two games for the Hornets because of a bruised right knee. He averaged 21 points in the two games. Gordon said he was evaluated by a team-appointed doctor in New York on Monday, and was told his right knee had no structural damage. The doctor, Gordon said, recommended he return to basketball activities in three weeks.
“The doctor said my knee will be 100 percent sound with rest,” Gordon said.
This should be great news to hear for Hornets fans as their team can use all the help it can get. New Orleans is in the midst of an eight game losing streak and own one of the worst records in the league at 3-14.
However, what does this mean for Jarrett Jack? Jack has played admirably in Gordon’s absence and has fully taken advantage of the increased minutes. He is one of only three players in the league who are averaging at least 16 points, seven assists, and four rebounds per game this season in 32.8 minutes. Moreover, Jack has put up double-digit scoring in the past three games against good teams — 26 vs. Spurs, 12 vs. Mavericks, and 15 vs. Rockets. He is a decent player and with New Orleans he now has a career high PER of 18.5. Not too bad and this shows he is making an impact.
Obviously Jack’s minutes will decrease once Gordon returns to action but moving him to the bench as the primary backup should bolster the Hornet’s second unit. Right now, the Hornets are thin at point guards and have rookie Carldell Johnson, and Greivis Vasquez as ball handlers.
Yes Gordon’s play is needed ASAP in New Orleans tumultuous season and the team will be much more competitive and pick up a few more wins but Jack has definitely capitalized on Eric’s absence. His play has given the Hornet’s coaching staff confidence knowing they have a suitable point guard to ease the burden for Gordon. Especially considering this shortened season has resulted in the injury bug striking players with regularity.