The New Orleans Hornets star shooting guard, Eric Gordon is once again out indefinitely. After missing most of last season with a right knee injury, that same knee is causing him trouble. The fact is, it just does not seem to have healed correctly. There have been rumblings that he could miss 4-6 weeks and some have said the whole season. Obviously no one yet has their facts straight, but the simple truth is that the Hornets will be without their newly signed big money shooting guard for awhile.
Gordon was supposed to be the go-to player for the Hornets, but they have faired well without him, but if they want any hope of making the playoffs, which is a long-shot at best, they need him at full strength. However there is no timeline for his return and until he comes back, Austin Rivers must pick up the slack. He has been starting for the Hornets, but he has not played well so far, and that is being kind. Rivers must step up and play the way that everyone knows he can, but for some reason he has had a tough go so far. Roger Mason Jr., Xavier Henry and Brian Roberts will all receive increased playing time, but they cannot hope to replace his production.
The one player who has picked up the slack is starting small forward, Al Farouq Aminu, who has been great. He has been getting to the rim, creating second chance points and just playing with full energy. He will never be the offensive force that Gordon is, but if he continues filling part of the offensive void and other players step up, they could stay afloat in the West. The Hornets have looked good these first two games, but if they want any prolonged success and any shot at the playoffs, they need Eric Gordon healthy, but there is simply no telling when that might be. Hopefully it will be in the 4-6 week range, because if it is a long-lasting problem, the Hornets will be near the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference again.