Gordon, Maggette sidelined by injuries

Hornets guard Eric Gordon will miss two to three weeks because of a sore right knee.

The Hornets say Gordon’s knee was swollen after he led New Orleans with 22 points in a 101-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Team doctors have recommended rest.

Gordon leads the team with a 21-point average. He missed the previous four games after he bruised the knee during the season opener Dec. 26 in Phoenix.

Bobcats coach Paul Silas says forward Corey Maggette will miss 2-4 weeks with a strained left hamstring.

Silas says Derrick Brown will start Friday night against the Hawks, and Tyrus Thomas also will play. Thomas has not played this season because of a sprained ankle.

Silas says Maggette’s loss hurts because ”he’s one of the key factors of our team.”

Maggette, who was injured in Wednesday’s night’s victory against the Knicks, is averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Brown is averaging 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.