The New Orleans Pelicans have had a disappointing season so far in the 2015-16 campaign.
Finding themselves seemingly out of the playoff race in the Western Conference thanks to their 24-38 record, the Pelicans are seven games back of the Houston Rockets, who currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot.
And things just got that little bit harder for Alvin Gentry and his charges in New Orleans today as it was revealed that Eric Gordon will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery.
The Pelicans released a statement confirming that Gordon will sit out the remainder of the campaign after a successful operation on his right ring finger.
This is the second time that Gordon has had the finger operated in 2016 alone. The shooting guard initially broke it in action against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 19, which caused him to subsequently miss the next 16 games.
When Gordon returned from that initial break, he managed to play in just four games before re-fracturing the same digit while trying to get the ball away from Rudy Gobert when the Pelicans played the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, a game which New Orleans would go on to lose 106-94, their fourth loss in a row.
Before suffering the initial fracture back in January, Gordon had played every game of the current season to date, but the double injury blow mean that for the seventh straight season he will have failed to crack the 65-game mark.
End of Gordon in NOLA?
Gordon will be a free agent in the summer and, right now, it looks like his time at the Pelicans will come to an inconspicuous end, having played just 221 of a possible 394 games across five seasons.
The 27-year-old had posted his highest true shooting percentage (56.5) this season since joining the Pelicans with his four-game post-injury stint being particularly impressive as he averaged 18.8 points while shooting 51% from the field and 48% from 3-point range.
Gordon joined the Pelicans from the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul deal back in 2011 and questions will have to be asked if the deal was worth it for the NOLA franchise, who received Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and a 2012 first-round pick in exchange for CP3 and two future second-round picks.
The Pelicans have lost five of their last seven games and whatever playoff hopes they could possibly have had are diminishing by the day. Anthony Davis can't carry the team by himself and without Gordon things will only be harder for the Louisiana-based franchise.