Eric Gordon is questionable for homecoming game in Indiana
The Clippers make one trip to Indianapolis in the regular season, just as they made a lone appearance, recently, in Oklahoma City.
Call it an unfair quirk of the basketball schedule, which is severely messing with the homecoming hoop plans of the Clippers’ youngsters.
It’ll be next season before Oklahoma City fans get to see native son Blake Griffin, who is out because of a stress fracture of his left kneecap. Folks in Indiana are hoping it won’t be the same with Clippers shooting guard Eric Gordon, who has not played since Nov. 7.
He missed seven consecutive games because of a strained groin and was on the active roster in Monday’s four-point win against Minnesota but did not play.
Gordon, the Clippers’ second-leading scorer, said whether he plays against the Pacers at Indianapolis tonight will be a game-time decision. Officially, he is being called questionable.
How excited are they to see him in Indianapolis?
The second-year shooting guard said he thought about a couple of thousand people were coming to the game to watch him.
“It would have even been more, but my high school has a game that night,” said Gordon, who went to North Central High in Indianapolis.
It’ll be telling to see how point guard Baron Davis responds to his woeful shooting performance against Minnesota -- one for 10, partially salvaged by one big drive to the basket in the final seconds -- and his extended second-half rest on the bench.
It wasn’t an isolated showing for Davis, who is shooting 38% from the field. He was one for 10 in the season opener against the Lakers, and has seriously struggled in the two games against the Timberwolves, shooting a combined three for 20.
His backup, Sebastian Telfair, playing against former teammates, came up with his biggest game of the season, scoring 17 points.
He also gave the Clippers some much-needed energy and ran the floor well, committing no turnovers in almost 26 minutes of action.
“I think, for the most part, Coach [Mike Dunleavy] has been very fair,” Telfair said. “Sometimes I disagree when I come out. But I think he’s been pretty fair when I’ve had it going. And when I don’t, he’ll pull me fast. A little faster than I would like. But it happens sometimes.”