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Eric Gordon is out with hamstring injury

December 2, 2009 |  6:55 pm

Second-year shooting guard Eric Gordon said he would not play tonight for the Clippers against the Houston Rockets because of a sore left hamstring that tightened up in the final minutes of a come-from-behind victory over Memphis on Sunday.

Gordon said the injury already felt better the last couple of days and he didn't anticipate that it would keep him out for an extended stretch. He has had issues with the hamstring before, including in summer-league action, but said this injury was not nearly as severe as his prior ones.

The Clippers had won two of three games since Gordon returned from a sore left groin that had sidelined him for eight games.

In another development, Coach Mike Dunleavy acknowledged that it will likely be January before rookie No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin can rejoin the Clippers. A stress fracture in his left kneecap  has kept Griffin out all season. Griffin must get clearance from a series of X-rays and CT scans before resuming basketball activities and could take several weeks to round into playing shape.

-- Ben Bolch