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Eric Gordon day-to-day, will try to play vs. Portland

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Exactly one week after a frightening fall to the court during a game in Sacramento on Dec. 23, New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon will try to return to action tonight vs. Portland. The shooting guard is listed as day-to-day with a right hip contusion, but is essentially a game-time decision for the 7 p.m. home game against the Trail Blazers.

“I’m starting to ramp up (physical activity) today,” Gordon said after the Pelicans’ morning shootaround. “I still have discomfort as far as jumping and being explosive, running. We’ll see what happens. It is feeling a lot better. I want to see what I can do in warmups (before the game). If I’m not able to do the things I’m capable of, then it’s going to be very, very tough (to play).”

Gordon played in the first 26 games of 2013-14 for the Pelicans (13-15), but missed the weekend back-to-back set against Denver and Houston due to the injury. Anthony Morrow started in Gordon’s place in the win over the Nuggets, while Brian Roberts moved into the slot for Saturday’s loss to the Rockets.

Gordon has watched video of the play in which he was fouled in mid-air by Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas only once. He indicated that he had a deep bruise on his right hip in the days after the fall.

“It feels very stiff,” Gordon said. “Every morning it takes me a long time to get warmed up and stretched. It’s just very painful. It’s tough to move around. To even jog is very painful. The first two days after it were very bad. I had a big, huge bruise on my hip, something I’ve never seen.”

The sixth-year NBA veteran declined to put a percentage on his current health but is hopeful that the injury won’t sideline him for an extended period of time. “I definitely don’t expect it to be long term,” Gordon said. “I would definitely love to be out there on the court, but at the same time, I have to be conscious to where I don’t want to reinjure it. There’s going to be pain, and I know I’m going to have to play through it. At the end of the day, it’s going to be fine. I’m going to have to play through it here soon. It’s not like I have long-term damage.”