Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov fouls Clippers guard Eric Gordon, who would… (Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire )
So much for getting to see the complete and healthy Clippers roster for an extended look.
That vision lasted, oh, a game and one-plus quarter.
(Nice team, by the way.)
Chances for a decent, late-season evaluation period evaporated when shooting guard Eric Gordon clattered to the court, victim of a hard foul from Denver center Timofey Mozgov in the second quarter of the Clippers' 106-103 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night.
Gordon, the Clippers' leading scorer, landed hard and re-aggravated his injured right wrist and did not return. There was no flagrant foul called on the play. Although X-rays were negative, he did not travel with the Clippers to Charlotte on Sunday. They begin a five-game trip against the Bobcats on Monday night, finishing at Memphis on March 14.
Early indications are that Gordon could be out seven to 10 days.
However, the first time he injured the wrist, Gordon was out for a substantial stretch. He missed 18 games and nearly six weeks until returning Wednesday against Houston. Gordon sprained his right wrist against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 22 and was also found to have a small bone chip fracture.
The development will mean increased playing time on the trip for rookie reserve guard Eric Bledsoe, who figured to be the odd man out following the recent acquisition of point guard Mo Williams and the return of Gordon. He played just under eight minutes against the Rockets and went scoreless.
After Gordon left the game Saturday, Bledsoe played one of his best games as a Clipper with a career-high 20 points in 22-plus minutes of action, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter. His previous high was 18 points against Detroit on Nov. 12.