It’s official! New Orleans Hornet’s PG, Eric Gordon is back! Coach Monty Williams confirmed it! And RealGM’s “Pro Prospect”, Apathy, predicted Eric Gordon’s performance debut on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets! The news on Gordon’s knee surgery seemed to come out of nowhere, since injury reports about only a “minor knee bruise” surfaced in January 2012.
But in Gordon’s defense, his prior interviews showed that he was quite confident about his injury status, as if he might knows something that we don’t? Sounds a little fishy, like “things that make you go ummmm?” (Sorry, but it popped in my head:) None the less, this is good news for fantasy owners and Hornets Fans alike. Gordon played an impressive 34 minutes of action with 15-4-4 and 1 steal on Wednesday against the Nuggets, but also had 4 turnovers. Even Apathy doubted him a little bit it seems? This points to nothing but good signs on Gordon’s knee. He admitted to having an arthroscopic surgery to remove cartilage debris from his right knee that put him out an additional 6 weeks in mid-February. This is usually a low-risk procedure to comeback from. Just to be cautious, monitor the knee swelling and the increased minutes Gordon is likely to get. Fantasy owners should be salivating at Gordon’s return because this is a contract year for Gordon, who still has much to prove to David Stern in New Orleans.
Ryan Anderson(ankle sprain), is listed as Day-to-Day, but Anderson has reported this week that his ankle sprain still remains swollen, being the size of a “softball”. So how should we interpret that? It’s been 5-7 days after the injury, therefore the fact that Anderson can still be seen wearing a boot, really indicates nothing, because an ankle boot for sprains is usually worn anyways, even after the injury has healed for preventative maintenance. The fact that the ankle still remains swollen, like the size of “softball”, according to Anderson, indicates that he just needs more time to heal-how long? Well, a “softball” size injury, says that Anderson is looking at at least another week of R.I.C.E. treatments before improving his flexibility, and later strengthening the ankle so he can apply pressure to the left foot. Coach Van Gundy estimated 5-7 days before Anderson could return. Continue to monitor Anderson’s playing status as questionable, until further notice.
BONUS: “Shouts Out” to my friend & NBA “STAT”man, B-Roc! Happy Birthday!