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New Orleans, La. - Eric Gordon's extended absence due to injury irked many Hornets fans but now that he is back, the team is greatly improved.

"He certainly gives you a guy that, when things don't work out the way you want them to offensively, you can throw him the ball," coach Monty Williams said after Tuesday's practice.  "You feel like you can get something for him or for other guys but I think the most important thing is that it puts guys in their role.  The thing that you fight is not letting that mindset... to let other guys coast and think it's okay because it's all on Eric."

The numbers don't lie; Gordon has played four games, averaging 18 points and four assists per outing.  But most importantly, the Hornets have won three of those four games -- fully one-third of their victories so far this season.

"It's more of a confidence thing, guys are having fun," Gordon said.  "It's all about the players. Coaches can only dictate the game plan for us to do and players.  We just have to boggle down together and show good chemistry out there."

Gordon came off the bench in his first two games back but was in the starting lineup against Dallas and San Antonio.  He logged over 30 minutes in each game and admitted that, when the final horn sounds, his body felt the effect: "After every game, I feel like I ran into a brick wall every time as I play more minutes but, hey, as long as coach needs me to be out there, I'm definitely going to put myself in and play hard in whatever situation."

Gordon and the Hornets get their next opportunity Wednesday night when they play host to the Rockets.  Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m. from the New Orleans Arena.

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