Eric Gordon to miss 3-4 weeks

January, 26, 2011

Eric Gordon has been banged up for a while, nursing a sore finger, back and wrist. He toughed it out until Tuesday, when it was determined that his sprained right wrist also has a small bone fracture. This injury is expected to keep him sidelined for 3-4 weeks. The All-Star break begins three weeks from Friday, so we shouldn't expect to see Gordon back on the hardwood until after the break. It's a brutal hit to anyone who has him on their roster, because his numbers can't be duplicated off the waiver wire. In the meantime, look for Baron Davis to ramp his fantasy game back up. He had 21 points, four 3s, three steals, six dimes and seven turnovers Tuesday. Randy Foye started in place of Gordon last night and had 15 points (5-9 FG), two 3-pointers and four dimes. He's worth adding in deeper leagues.

Looking Back

• Like most young players, consistency is an issue for the 24-year-old Andray Blatche. After hitting 10-of-17 shots for 23 points and getting seven boards and four steals Jan. 19, Blatche hit just 14 of 39 shots in his next three games and bottomed out with an ugly six-point (2-10 FG), five-board, three-turnover game Monday. Afterward, Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders said Blatche was too good to have games like that. Blatche responded Tuesday with 25 points (8-14 FG, 9-9 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. Of course, we know he can pump out digits like this. The only question is whether he can step his focus up and do this from game to game, week after week.

• Oh, J.R. Smith. Why can't you just stay out of the doghouse? Is it really that hard? That terrific upside you displayed Jan. 13 when you hit 8-of -4 3-point attempts and finished with 28 points and seven rebounds is so delectable. But then you follow that up with a series of empty lines, arrive late to Tuesday's shootaround, get benched for the entire game and head straight back to coach George Karl's doghouse. At this point, getting shipped out of Denver if Carmelo Anthony gets traded probably is his only hope at getting consistent production, because he and Karl clearly are not on the same page.

Kendrick Perkins played his first game Tuesday since tearing his ACL last season. He came off the bench and had seven points, six boards and three assists in 17 minutes. Expect the Celtics to work him in slowly during the next few weeks. He's worth adding in deep leagues if you need a center who can hit the glass.

Looking Ahead

Stephen Curry tweaked his troublesome ankle during Tuesday's practice. Initial reports made it sound like it wasn't too bad, but considering he's been battling the joint all season, we have to pay close attention to any setback. At this point, it sounds like he'll be a game-time call when the Golden State Warriors square off with the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

Portland Trail Blazers fans and fantasyheads alike got great news when an MRI Tuesday revealed no tears or cartilage damage in LaMarcus Aldridge's sore hip. He was diagnosed with a hip contusion, which means he should continue playing as long as he can handle the pain. He's listed as probable for Thursday's tilt with the Boston Celtics, so expect him to lace up for a tough matchup.

• It turns out that the ankle injury that knocked Chris Bosh out for the past two games is a high-ankle sprain. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Bosh won't return to action until he can get a full practice in. He's not ready to play Wednesday, and the Heat don't practice again until Feb. 2, so we can pretty safely rule him out for the next four games. A high-ankle sprain can cost players a month or more, so it's anything but a safe bet that he'll be back next week.

• A flagrant foul by Brendan Haywood on Tuesday left Blake Griffin on the floor with a bruised left elbow. He was in clear pain at the time but said after the game that it was "not too bad." X-rays were negative, but his status for Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets probably will depend on how stiff the joint gets overnight. The kid is tough as nails, so I expect him to get out there and ball. His teammates will need him more than ever with Gordon out of the mix.

Tom Carpenter is a fantasy basketball analyst for



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