Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon will be sidelined indefinitely after sustaining injuries to his hand and face from a dog bite on Christmas Day, as announced by the team on Wednesday.
Gordon, known for his versatile and high-flying style of play, played in the Nuggets’ Christmas Day game against the Golden State Warriors, contributing 16 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. However, the dog bite incident has now forced him to step away from the team for an unknown duration.
The injuries required 21 stitches, with lacerations affecting his face and right shooting hand. The team assured that updates on his condition would be provided as necessary.
This season, Gordon has been a significant contributor, averaging 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game in 32 minutes. His absence will likely impact the Nuggets’ frontcourt rotation, potentially providing opportunities for players like Zeke Nnaji and Michael Porter Jr. to step into larger roles.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone expressed support for Gordon, emphasizing that the team is a family both on and off the court. Malone encouraged Gordon to take the time he needs to recover from the traumatic experience.
While there is optimism for a short-term absence, no concrete timeline for Gordon’s return has been provided. The Nuggets, with a 22-10 record, will navigate upcoming games without one of their key players as they aim to build on their success from last season. Teammates expressed solidarity with Gordon, acknowledging his positive influence in the locker room and on the court.
Gordon had previously missed five games earlier in the season due to a strained right heel. The Nuggets, accustomed to dealing with absences of key players, will once again rely on their depth and the resilience of the team to maintain their competitive edge in the challenging Western Conference.