Duhon Back; but Smith, Gordon Both Hurting

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Byline: Mike McGraw


The good news on the Bulls' injury front was brief: guard Chris Duhon, expected to be out 7-10 days with a bruised left knee, made it back in six.

Duhon he wasn't much of a factor in the 90-77 loss to Charlotte, scoring 3 points in 13 minutes.

Meanwhile, veteran forward Joe Smith played the opening 10 minutes before sitting out the rest of the night, and leading scorer Ben Gordon missed his second game with a sprained right wrist.

Since going 9-for-10 from the field at Miami on Jan. 16, Smith has hit just 13 of 37 shots (35 percent) and his playing time dwindled in recent games.

"Joe kind of stiffened up," said Bulls coach Jim Boylan. "At halftime, (assistant trainer) Marc Boff told me he couldn't go. So he iced down."

Gordon took the court a little more than an hour before the game to test his wrist, but he returned to the locker room a few minutes later with bad news for Boylan.

"It feels fine, but it's just when I overextend it, that's the thing that hurts the most," Gordon said. "Obviously, I want to follow through on my shot."

On Thursday afternoon, Gordon visited a hand specialist, who examined his MRI results and agreed there is no ligament damage or hairline fracture. …