The New Orleans Hornets already knew they would be without shooting guard Eric Gordon. They were hoping to have back-up shooting guard Xavier Henry available, but with a knee injury, it was going to be a long shot. Henry did not play in the team's preseason game last night against the Charlotte Bobcats.
According to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picaynne, Henry's knee injury is not serious, but the team wanted to exercise caution in allowing him to play. Henry has a sore right knee that began bothering him Sunday after the team's game against the Orlando Magic.
Henry is entering his third NBA season. He played college ball for Kansas University. Last season, Henry averaged 5.3 points per game. He also managed just 16.9 minutes per game. In his career, Henry has averaged 4.9 points per game.
As the back-up shooting guard, it is no surprise that Henry has gotten limited action. However, he has an opportunity to prove his worth with Gordon's injury. Gordon is not expected to play for at least another week. As long as Henry's injury is truly not serious, the team could see him back in action as early as their next game against the Houston Rockets today.
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