New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon did not accompany the team for Friday night's game against the Utah Jazz, so he could get his ailing left knee examined by his doctor in Los Angeles, according to a source close to the team.

It's not known when Gordon will rejoin the team, but he's not likely to make the trip to Portland on Sunday when the Pelicans play the Trail Blazers, sources said.

Gordon has missed eight consecutive games because of tendinitis in his left knee. The injury occurred during a March 21 game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena when Gordon was forced to leave the game in the first quarter and did not return.

Before Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets, Pelicans coach Monty Williams said Gordon’s status would be determined on a game-by-game basis and they had no plans of shutting him down for the remainder of the season.

After Gordon undergoes his evaluation, the next course of action is expected to occur that could result in more treatment or sitting out the remaining games on the schedule.

Prior to this season, Gordon had played in just 51 games since he was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011 for All-Star point guard Chris Paul because of recurring problems involving his right knee.