Eric Gordon Returns

It really happened. Eric Gordon, the phenom, the force, the legend, made his return.

Eric Gordon’s rustiness from a three-month layoff was there early in the form of two air balls and two other bricks on his first four shots. Unfortunately though, for the opposition, Gordon got his groove back by the end of the game, when it really mattered.

After being sidelined for three months with a right knee injury, Gordon returned to the starting lineup and led six Hornets in double figures with 15 points, four assists and four rebounds and a steal. He capped the performance with two free throws in the final seconds to lift the New Orleans Hornets to a 94-92 victory over the Nuggets on Wednesday night.

“It feels good,” said Gordon, who had not played since Jan. 4 because of a right knee bruise that required arthroscopic surgery. “I just looked forward to winning and my individual game will come as far as stat wise.”

I was happy that the Hornets best player was able to return to action, and that we will hopefully get an extended look to better determine how Gordon fits with the current crop of players like Jack, Vasquez, Aminu, Ariza, and Ayon to name a few.

Fun Fact: With Gordon’s return to action, the Hornets had their NBA-high 22nd starting lineup of the season.

Before the season began, fantasy hoop fiends were looking at Eric Gordon as a huge steal. He would have no clear competition for the 2 spot in NOLA, and the lack of any other star on the team made it a perfect fit for EG to rack up stats this season. It’s easy to forget about him because he’s been injured all year, but Gordon is an effective fantasy player and could definitely swing some leagues over the final few weeks of the season. Last season, he averaged 22.3 points, 4.4 assists, 1.9 3-pointers and 1.3 steals and shot 83 percent from the line on 6.2 attempts per game.

Over here at Metta Chronicles, we’re pretty big fans of EG. @ZephyrBacardi wrote a piece a while back looking at Gordon’s future, possibly ending up in a situation like Indiana or Boston during free agency.  With a few weeks left in the season, we’ll be able to see what type of fit Gordon is for NOLA; he’ll be a restricted free agent this summer, and I fully expect the Pacers to make a run at the Indiana native. They not only have the money (only $37 million locked up for next season), but also have been slowly building a solid squad for some years now. The Pacers, to many critics, are merely “pretenders” currently, but adding Gordon would certainly promote them into “contender” status.

Until then, or whatever ends up happening with Eric Gordon, make sure to stay up to date with Metta Chronicles.