COMMENTARY | Stop me if you've heard this one before, New Orleans Hornets fans. Eric Gordon has an injury. However, this one is not the infamous sore knee that kept him out of action for 86 of his first 95 games as a Hornet. Gordon is now suffering from a sore back.
Following New Orleans' loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Gordon said, "I haven't been getting that much lift (on shot attempts) with my back feeling like this." He also said that his back began feeling sore during the Hornets' game on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In Gordon's defense, I will admit that he didn't look right against the Nuggets. With no prior knowledge of his sore back, I tweeted during the game that he looked "discombobulated." In a tight game, Eric Gordon only played 24 minutes for the Hornets.
Eric Gordon may be the smartest athlete in the NBA for how he treats his injured body. He is the antithesis of the Robert Griffin's of the world who play through torn ligaments. Fans are not used to athletes like Gordon who exercise caution when injured.
Even before Gordon suffered his sore back, Hornets coach Monty Williams had been benching his star guard on the second night of back-to-back games. Given the kind of money the Hornets invested in the oft-injured Gordon in the offseason, it's hard to argue with New Orleans' approach during this rebuilding season.
Eric Gordon has played 15 NBA games in the last 35 days. That's already six more games than he played for the Hornets all of last season. So it's no surprise that his body is starting to experience soreness.
We'll probably never know if Eric Gordon simply has bad luck at avoiding injuries or if he's just more open and cautious about protecting his body than fans are used to. Either way, New Orleans fans have to be concerned about their best current player.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. Patrick has followed the Hornets since they moved to New Orleans and has covered the team since 2010. He was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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