Although they got into an apparent shouting match during a timeout in last Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz, New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams and guard Eric Gordon both appear to have moved past the conflict.

But Williams said he's not going to stop pushing Gordon to improve his overall play, especially during the final five games of the season. Against the Jazz, Williams did not put Gordon back into game after they apparently got into shouting match. Williams was visibly agitated, yelling in Gordon’s direction when he apparently didn’t think Gordon was hustling enough. Assistant coach Randy Ayers stepped in front of Williams to calm him, after Gordon hollered back at him.

`` He’s a dynamic guard, that’s why I push him,’’ said Williams, who plans to start Gordon for the second consecutive since the incident on Tuesday night when the Hornets play the Lakers at the Staples Center. ``I’m not going to allow him to settle for where he is in his career right now. He’s got to get better. If he gets better, he should be an All-Star someday.’’

Gordon admitted the conflict was a heat of the moment situation that shouldn't be blown out of proportion.

``It got very heated in the moment, but I’m not letting none of that get to me,’’ Gordon said. ``I’m just out here, still trying to play.’’

Gordon said he just wants to help the Hornets win and he’s looking forward to next season when he expects to be fully recovered from his knee problems that's limited him the past two seasons.

Gordon, who is the Hornets' leading scorer with a 16.5 average, missed the first 29 games this season because of a patella tendon disorder and bone bruise in his right knee. It's the same knee that forced Gordon to miss all but nine games last season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery.