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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Eric Gordon debuts Saturday

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon played for the first time this season Saturday night against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Gordon only played in nine games last season for the Hornets after being acquired in a trade. He had arthroscopic surgery on his knee last season because of a bone bruise.

Coach Monty Williams wouldn't say how many minutes Gordon will play, but says he doesn't plan to reign him in.

"I won't put any restrictions on his ability because he's a guy who can change a game," Williams said.

As for the Bobcats, coach Mike Dunlap says Byron Mullens would not play and is still "long way off" with a left ankle sprain.