The Los Angeles Clippers continue to stay afloat in the Western Conference playoff race even amid a disappointing season. They picked up a big win on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George with Russell Westbrook turning back the clock a little bit. Leonard was back in the lineup on Friday against the Grizzlies but the Clippers suffered another injury blow at halftime. Eric Gordon, who has been in the starting lineup since George was sidelined, was ruled out for the rest of the game due to hip soreness as per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. Eric Gordon having an injury would be a huge loss for the Clippers.
Eric Gordon is dealing with right hip soreness, which is why he was ruled out by Clippers tonight.
That's something to watch for tomorrow night's game against the Pelicans..
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 1, 2023
It's not clear what the extent of Eric Gordon's injury is or if it even is an injury and not just general discomfort. Gordon was reacquired by the Clippers at the trade deadline and has been largely productive on both ends of the court. He began this season on the Houston Rockets and was a prime candidate to be traded as the Rockets delve into their rebuilding phase.
In 18 games with the Clippers this season including seven starts, Gordon has been averaging 11.6 points per game, 1.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists with shooting splits of 48.3 percent shooting from the field, 44.8 percent shooting from the three-point line and 83.8 percent shooting from the free-throw line. His three-point percentage ties a career-high which he set during the 2014-15 season as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. Coming into Friday's game the Clippers held the fifth seed in the West.