On Thursday night as the Charlotte Bobcats took on the Philadelphia 76ers in both team’s fifth game of the 2013 NBA preseason, veteran guard Ben Gordon had his best game yet and showed a bit of life. In 27 minutes, Gordon finished with 22 points, three assists and two rebounds on 7-9 shooting from the floor, 4-5 shooting from the free throw line and 4-4 shooting from beyond-the-arc.
If Gordon could show any signs of being the player that he once was in this league, that would be a huge plus for Charlotte as they try to turn things around. In the event that he did look like his old self, he would give the team a viable scoring option from long-range and another option in an improving offense.
However, soon after his best performance of the preseason, Gordon once again showed that he’s not the same player that he used to be and that he’s a man that is much older than his age of 30 years old may have you think.
According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Gordon flew to Phoenix to have a procedure done on his right knee to relieve soreness and swelling. The procedure not only caused him to miss the Bobcats’ game on Thursday night, but will also keep him out for the Bobcats two remaining preseason games. Bonnell also reported that head coach Steve Clifford doesn’t expect Gordon’s knee issue to be a problem going forward.
I’ve said before that I believe that Gordon’s days as a solid contributor at the NBA level or over. It’s not that he doesn’t still have the occasional game where he looks like he’s back in his prime, but it’s that he’s not healthy or engaged enough to do that on a consistent basis. This knee injury may not be something that lingers, but the low following the high from Thursday’s game is certainly a trend Bobcats fans need to get accustomed to with Gordon.