Aaron Gordon Returns to Nuggets Practice, Status Uncertain for Hornets Game

Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon has returned to practice after sustaining injuries from a dog bite, and is listed as questionable for the next game against the Charlotte Hornets.
‣ Despite his injuries, Gordon has had a strong season so far, averaging 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
‣ The Denver Nuggets are currently favored to win their upcoming game against the Charlotte Hornets, with a 92.6% chance according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.

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Aaron Gordon, forward for the Denver Nuggets, had a bit of a rough Christmas. He was bitten by a family dog, resulting in lacerations to his face and his right shooting hand. The incident happened on Christmas Day, and he’s just returned to practice this Sunday.

The injury to his hand was pretty severe. It required 21 stitches. Despite this, Gordon, who is 28, feels ready to get back in the game. He told The Denver Post that he’s prepared to play in Monday’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets. However, he’s still listed as questionable.

According to various NBA betting sites, the Denver Nuggets are in a good position. They’re second only to the Boston Celtics in odds to repeat as champions. Sportsbooks also show favorable odds for the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.

Gordon’s return to practice was met with enthusiasm. His teammates have always been supportive of his success. They welcomed him back with cheers and well wishes. DeAndre Jordan even joked, “we can still do that right??”

Gordon has a soft spot for dogs. He told the newspaper, “I love dogs. I grew up with dogs my whole life.” However, due to the team’s travel schedule, his dad has to take care of his dog. This means he can’t train the dog as he’d like. Despite the incident, he reassures everyone that he’s okay. “Everything is fine,” he said.

Gordon has had a good season so far. He’s started 28 games, averaging 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and a career-high 1.1 steals. He’s also been on the court for an average of 32 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 wing has a shooting percentage of 52.5% from the floor. However, his shooting beyond the arc is at a career-low of 25%.

Before his injuries, Gordon was doing well in terms of offensive rebounds. He ranked 14th with 79, and his offensive rebound percentage was 20th at 9.8%. He also finished last season with the 13th-best field goal percentage (56.4%).

Gordon, a California native, has had some standout games this season. He grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in wins against the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, and Atlanta Hawks. He also recorded a season-high 21 points in Denver’s wins over the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks.

Unfortunately, Gordon had to miss the last two games due to his injuries. As the 2023 NBA champ, he’s earning $22.26 million this season. This is part of the four-year, $86.6 million contract extension he signed in September 2021.

The Nuggets have a few other injuries to deal with. Forward Vlatko Cancar (ACL) and guard Reggie Jackson (calf) are also on the injury report. Cancar is out indefinitely, while Jackson has been upgraded to probable.

As for tonight’s game against Charlotte, the Nuggets are heavily favored. NBA sportsbooks show Denver as a 15-point favorite at home. The Hornets are currently on a 10-game losing streak. According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Nuggets have a 92.6% chance to win.

James Shotwell
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