Gordon out for Pelicans, Faried out for Nuggets

Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon is sitting out Friday

night’s game against Denver because of a right hip contusion.

He was hurt in New Orleans’ previous game Monday night.

Meanwhile, Denver forward Kenneth Faried is missing his second

straight game with a left ankle sprain.

Gordon was knocked hard to the floor by Scaramento’s Isaiah

Thomas while trying to convert a layup in the Pelicans’ 113-100

victory over the Kings.

Pelicans coach Monty Williams says Anthony Morrow is starting

for Gordon so guard Tyreke Evans can remain one of the first

players off the bench.

With Faried out, Denver coach Brian Shaw says he’s starting

Timofey Mozgov at center, moving J.J. Hickson to power forward and

starting Jordan Hamilton at shooting guard in place of a healthy

Randy Foye.