Hornets' Gordon (knee) out for Celtics game

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Hornets' Gordon (knee) out for Celtics game

NEW ORLEANS The Boston Celtics have been hit pretty hard already with the injury bug.

But on Wednesday, the C's finally caught a break with the news that Hornets guard Eric Gordon (knee) would not play.

In the Hornet's 85-84 season-opening win over Phoenix, Gordon had 20 points which included the game-winner. Last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, Gordon averaged a career-high 22.3 points per game.

"He's a great player. He's their key guy," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "He single-handedly won the Phoenix game if you watched it. But they have other guys."

One of those guys is Jarrett Jack, who returns to the Hornets lineup after serving a one-game suspension after a DUI arrest in February.

Having him back will certainly help the Hornets make up for not having Gordon.

"Jack's our leader," said New Orleans coach Monty Williams. "He's a guy who can score as well.

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The Celtics reportedly are "expected" to talk to the Mavericks about a deal for Andrew Bogut, according to scout.com, but negotiations would be "dependent on what bigger move Boston can make".

Bogut, 32, is in the final year of his contract. The 7-foot center, while healthy, has played in only 26 games this year and is averaging just three points a game. But he's also averaging 8.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes, and rebounding has been one of the Celtics' big areas of weakness this year. The C's rank 27th in the league in reboundinh, and 26th in defensive rebounding.

According to scout.com, the Mavs would part with Bogut for Tyler Zeller and one of Boston's first-round draft choices.

 

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