Jonathan Feigen: Eric Gordon (illness) is out for the Rockets vs. the Timberwolves.
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David Hardisty: Eric Gordon is out tonight.
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni says the trainers say Ryan Anderson (right ankle sprain) and Eric Gordon (low back soreness) are ready to go
Ira Winderman: Ariza out for Rockets, Gordon doubtful and Anderson will give it a try.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets G Eric Gordon out tonight vs. Cavaliers. Rockets confident will return Tuesday vs. Nets.
Paul Garcia: Chris Paul will play tonight against the Spurs per Coach D’Antoni. No minutes restriction. Eric Gordon won’t play tonight.
Jenny Dial Creech: Eric Gordon has lower back stiffness and will not return. #Rockets
Jonathan Feigen: Ryan Anderson (illness) and Eric Gordon (strained calf) both doubtful for Rockets vs. Nuggets.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets G Eric Gordon is back from his stomach virus vs. Sixers tonight. Nene is questionable with his sore left Achilles.
Jonathan Feigen: Eric Gordon out with a stomach virus. Trevor Ariza will play well ahead of schedule. Nene also good to go for Rockets vs. Grizzlies.
Calvin Watkins: Rockets guard Eric Gordon said his back is improving and he hopes to play Wednesday against Miami. Gordon also said the goal is to still participate in All-Star weekend in the three-point contest.
Calvin Watkins: No Eric Gordon tonight.MDA said he expects Gordon for Wednesday’s game and he won’t be shutdown before the break.
Guard Eric Gordon, the Rockets’ second-leading scorer, was out on Thursday with a sore back, the third game he has missed with tightness in his back, but he said he hopes to play Saturday against the Suns. “It tightened up on me toward the end of last game,” Gordon said. “It would have been tough for me to play, but it’s getting better. I’m feeling better. It’s nowhere near as bad as (in) Boston. I’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”
Jonathan Feigen: Eric Gordon out for Rockets vs. Hornets tonight with tightness in his back. Nene available, but expected to sit out with sore shoulder.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets forward Ryan Anderson out with the flu vs. Bucks. Eric Gordon good to go.
Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said Eric Gordon tweaked his ankle and didn’t have much lift on his shot. Gordon shot 3-17 off the bench in loss to Miami.
Adam Wexler: Mike D’Antoni tells media before game that Eric Gordon will play tonight vs Memphis. Gordon (left big toe) missed last 2 games.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Eric Gordon underwent successful surgery this afternoon to repair his fractured right ring finger. He will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season. Gordon, 6-4, 215, has appeared in 45 games this season for New Orleans, averaging 15.2 points, 2.7 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 32.9 minutes per contest.
Scott Agness: Source said that Pelicans’ G Eric Gordon, who suffered a broken right ring finger for the 2nd time this yr, is having surgery this AM in LA.
Gordon recently missed 16 games after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture to the same finger. He has played in the Pelicans’ past four games, averaging 22.7 points in the first three games and scoring seven points in 11 minutes before ending his night early against Utah. “I don’t know for sure what happened, but it looks like he might have done the same thing again,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “And that would be unfortunate because he worked so hard to get back. I thought he was really playing really good basketball. For that to happen to him again, if it’s gonna be six to eight weeks — and I’m just speculating right now, I don’t know that for sure – but if that’s gonna be the case, it pretty much takes him until the end of the season.”
Eric Gordon refractured the ring finger on his right (shooting) hand in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 104-96 loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. Gordon played 11 minutes before reinjuring the finger, collecting seven points, two assists and two blocked shots.
Brett Dawson: Eric Gordon will be back tomorrow.
Brett Dawson: Eric Gordon has started practicing without contact. He’s shooting and dribbling with his right hand. Hoping for full clearance next week.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Eric Gordon underwent successful surgery this morning to repair his fractured right ring finger. Gordon sustained the injury during the third quarter of last night’s 114-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. His expected timetable to return is 4-6 weeks.
Scott Kushner: Sources close to the situation expect #Pelicans SG Eric Gordon to miss 4-6 weeks due to broken finger on shooting hand. More info tomorrow.
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February 24, 2018 | 12:47 pm EST Update
LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer on Saturday said that trading Blake Griffin was “a very difficult decision,” but that considerations about the future, as well as injury and chemistry concerns, necessitated the blockbuster deal with the Detroit Pistons. “[Griffin] is obviously a superstar player,” said Ballmer. “But if you look at what happened injury-wise, if you look at the kind of chemistry we were getting on our team, the thing you can see at the high level with the numbers when I started — one guy got all the assists, one guy got all the points and one guy got all the rebounds. It’s not all quite that way, but I think in the modern NBA, we were seeing it more and more — there’s a greater distribution of responsibility.”
“We have to add some pieces obviously, but I think we’re building for what I think is the modern NBA, and that trend has only accelerated since we signed Blake last summer.” Ballmer said that as the Clippers owner, he doesn’t believe in the practice commonly regarded as “tanking,” whereby teams strip their rosters of high-level talent and endure losing seasons with a focus on accumulating high draft picks.
Ballmer said that the Clippers organization deploys analytics in a number of areas, including health and coaching, but that he was most fascinated by the use of data with regard to the management of the NBA’s complex collective bargaining agreement, which governs the salary cap. Ballmer alluded to a trade the Clippers made this past offseason which sent former Clippers point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets for a collection of players. “I find it a very interesting numeric chess game, if you will,” Ballmer said. “There are teams that absolutely do it better, and do it worse. I see [Morey] sitting in the front row. We made a trade: Chris Paul for a number of guys back from Houston. I thought they did something very clever having a whole set of non-guaranteed contracts that really gave them more flexibility in putting the deal together with us than they would’ve had otherwise.”
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has transferred guard Josh Magette and forward Andrew White III from Atlanta to the Erie BayHawks, the team’s NBA G League affiliate, it was announced today. Both players are on two-way contracts. In 31 games with Erie (29 starts), Magette has compiled 15.2 points, 9.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 34.8 minutes, leading the G League in assists while ranking 15th in steals.
Asked how he appraised his $2 billion bid for the Clippers in 2014 — then a record for an NBA team — Ballmer said he relied on both quantitative analysis and intelligence of the marketplace and the pool of potential buyers. “I looked at what the cash flows would be, and what kind of multiple you’d put on,” Ballmer said. “A team in L.A. is literally beachfront real estate. It’s worth a lot more than teams everywhere else. Because if you ever get a foreign buyer later on — foreign buyers only want to buy in a few cities, which I knew because it was part of the pressure on the price. There was a lurking foreign buyer, if you will, for the team. But ultimately, I knew what the price was in the good old-fashioned way: I knew what the next bidder wanted to pay.”
February 24, 2018 | 11:03 am EST Update
The All-Star forward became the first player to ever post 45 points, 15 rebounds, five steals and five blocks in a game since the NBA started recording steals and blocks in 1973-74. Davis has been playing at an MVP level since the team lost star center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending Achilles injury, and it’s given New Orleans the belief that it can remain a contender in the ultra-competitive Western Conference playoff race. “I looked at the stat sheet when we were walking in and I couldn’t believe he had 45 points,” Gentry said. “That’s not a good thing because, now, I almost feel like I’m taking him for granted.”