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CLIPPERS FYI

Clippers' Eric Gordon knows he'll be playing in pain

Gordon, playing for the first time since Jan. 22, says his right wrist remains weak and that he'll be hurting for a few months.

March 02, 2011|By Baxter Holmes
  • Clippers guard Eric Gordon has his driving layup challenged by Rockets guard Kyle Lowry in the first half Wednesday night at Staples Center.
Clippers guard Eric Gordon has his driving layup challenged by Rockets… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

The thick, cushioned brace wrapped snugly around Eric Gordon's right wrist, the one he injured Jan. 22, forcing him to miss the Clippers' next 18 games.

Before playing in his first game back Wednesday against Houston, Gordon said that while the brace masks the pain enough for him to shoot, it doesn't mask it completely.

He expects that pain to linger for months.

"My wrist is weak — that's probably why it's so painful at this point — and all I can do is build it up," the 6-foot-3 guard said.

Gordon, who entered the game averaging a team-high 24.1 points, said he probably will extend his pregame warmup routine by up to 30 minutes to keep his wrist warm.

Gordon also said he's not worried about the injury affecting his shot, but that he probably will be driving to the basket more.

"Obviously, everything needs to be different," he said. "I've just been observing and seeing the things we need to do. I know when I get out there playing, I'm going to play up-tempo. That's one thing I don't think we've done as much."

His effort to play up-tempo was evident on the first play of the game, when Gordon drove through the lane for a right-handed layup. He knocked down a deep jumper on the Clippers' next play.

The Clippers will need everything they can get from him. Without Gordon this season, they're 4-16.

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said before the game that it would take time for Gordon to integrate back into the lineup and jell with the newly acquired point guard Mo Williams.

"That's the goal here for the last 21 games, is to get everybody hopefully healthy, on the same page," he said.

baxter.holmes@latimes.com

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