Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS ― Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon will not play tonight against the Celtics after bruising his knee against Phoenix on Monday night.

Gordon (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) is day-to-day, New Orleans coach Monty Williams said, and sitting him is precautionary to make sure it doesn't become worse in a condensed schedule.

'The docs, when they re-evaluated him after shoot around, they felt like this was a situation where you need to let his calm down before it turns into a 2-3 week thing,' Williams said. 'Right now it's day-to-day and we want to keep it that way as opposed to it being 2-4 weeks.'

Gordon went through shoot-around Wednesday morning and was moving well, Williams said.

New Orleans' starting shooting guard scored 20 points and had three assists in the Hornets' win over Phoenix to open the season.

But Williams said he won't put a player in position to injure himself worse for the sake of a win.

'I'm a jerk and I want to win every game so it's hard to get that centered in the right direction,' Williams said. 'But I think about what I would want somebody to do with my kid. I don't want to put guys out there when they're going to hurt themselves later. This could be a blessing in disguise for us.'

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