DALLAS – Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon may have a torn ligament in his right wrist and could be out until after the All-Star break, a league source close to the situation told NBA.com today. The best case, according to the source, is Gordon missing 2-3 weeks.
While it’s not crippling, it’s a significant blow for a team that’s turned its season around and had some talking playoffs after a 1-13 start. The Clippers have gone 16-13 since Nov. 22, including 7-2 in the last nine games.
Gordon was injured in the second quarter of Saturday’s win over Golden State, but did return in the fourth quarter of that game. He wasn’t in Dallas for tonight’s game with the Mavericks, instead remaining in Los Angeles for further testing. Gordon was officially listed as a game-time decision.
The third-year shooting guard is the team’s leading scorer at 24.1 points and is half of a formidable tandem along with Blake Griffin. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said everyone needs to step up in Gordon’s absence, not just Griffin.
“Ask a little bit more out of everybody,” Del Negro said. “When a player is down, other guys have to step up. Randy Foye will start tonight. Rasual [Butler] will probably get an opportunity. Brian Cook is back tonight. Sure, you’re gonna go to your best players, but I don’t know if we can go more to Blake than we do already.”
The Clippers released an injury update after the NBA.com report stating Gordon “is suffering from a sprained right wrist combined with a small bone chip fracture. He is expected to return to action in three to four weeks.” A sprain could also include a ligament tear.