New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon missed Wednesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers after spraining his right hand during the team's morning shootaround at the New Orleans Arena, team officials confirmed. The Hornets did not announce Gordon would sit out until 35 minutes before tipoff.

He was not available for comment and was not on the bench with the team during the game. Gordon also was not seen in the locker room afterward.

In his pregame address to the media, Hornets Coach Monty Williams didn't mention anything about Gordon suffering a hand injury.

It was the first time this season Gordon missed a game not involving injury complications involving his right knee. Without him, the Hornets routed the Trail Blazers 99-63 in their final game before heading into the All-Star break.

Rookie Austin Rivers started in place of Gordon and scored seven points in 34 minutes. Rivers also started Monday night against the Detroit Pistons when Gordon sat out because he remains under strict restrictions by team doctors to not play in the second game of back-to-back sets to avoid overworking his right knee.