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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Hornets sit Eric Gordon; Paul Pierce out

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Shooting guard Eric Gordon was scratched from New Orleans' home opener against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night because of a bruised right knee.

Gordon bumped the knee in in the third quarter of Monday night's season-opening win at Phoenix.

Gordon, acquired in a trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, was the Hornets' top scorer in Phoenix with 20 points, hitting a game-winning jumper in the final seconds.

Boston's Paul Pierce remained out with a bruised right heel that has caused him to miss Boston's first two regular-season games, while forward Chris Wilcox was sidelined with a bruised left shoulder.

Hornets coach Monty Williams said Gordon's injury is not serious, but resting him is the wiser move this early in the season, particularly in light of the compressed, post-lockout schedule.

"He went through shootaround and he was moving well," Williams said. "The (doctors), when they re-evaluated him after shootaround, they felt like this was a situation where you need to let this calm down before it turns into a two- to three-week thing. Right now it's day-to-day and we want to keep it that way as opposed to it being two to four weeks."

The Hornets play next at home against the Suns on Friday night. The Celtics also play next on Friday, hosting Detroit in their home opener.