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Clippers: Eric Gordon injury update


Eric Gordon won’t be riding to the rescue … not yet.

The shooting guard had his injured right wrist checked out Monday but will not be going with the Clippers on their two-game trip to Oklahoma City and New Orleans.

Gordon, the Clippers’ leading scorer, has been out since Jan. 22.

“He was evaluated today. The response was positive from both doctors,” said Neil Olshey, the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations. “He’s going to stay home and do more therapy. Optimistically, maybe by the end of the week. If not, we’re targeting Sacramento.”

The Kings game, which is Feb. 28, appears to be the most realistic target date at this point. Center Chris Kaman returned to the lineup against Minnesota just before the All-Star break, playing limited minutes. His minutes will probably increase on this trip.

Additionally, forward Craig Smith, out of the lineup for two months because of a herniated disk in his lower back, will make the trip and could play tonight against the Thunder.

Smith was with the Clippers on their long journey before the All-Star break, in which they went 2-6.

“He practiced today and we should hopefully increase his minutes,” said Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro. “I want to see how he feels tomorrow and get the report from [trainer Jasen Powell]."

-- Lisa Dillman

Photo: Eric Gordon. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times.

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