Alexis Ajinca double-doubled in another start for the short-handed Pelicans on Sunday, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 27 minutes.
Omer Asik was sidelined by a calf injury which led to another start for Ajinca, this time alongside Anthony Davis. He held his own vs. DeAndre Jordan but the Pelicans fell on the road, 100-107, bumping them three full games outside of the playoff picture. Anyone banking on Ajinca for production next week should keep a close eye on Asik's status.
Alexis Ajinca is expected to be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with Omer Asik (calf) unavailable.
As the starting center this season, Ajinca has put in averages of 8.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game. He'll have a tough matchup against the Clippers today, but he should be good for some low-end value as a streamer option in deep leagues.
Tyreke Evans (left ankle sprain) and Omer Asik (calf) are questionable to play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.
Evans injured his calf on Friday and wasn't able to return, so his owners might view it as a good thing that the Pelicans cited his previously sprained ankle for the reason as to why he is questionable. Evans will likely be a game-time decision tonight, so his owners will have no choice but to to check back later for the official word on his status. If Evans can't play, Norris Cole would likely start and would be worth a look in daily leagues.
Jeff Withey stepped up for the injured Pelicans frontcourt on Friday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.
Omer Asik and Anthony Davis were late scratches and Withey needs both of them to be out to have a shot at fantasy value. This is an obvious wait and see moment in most fantasy leagues.
Updating a previous report, Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a right shoulder sprain and he is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.
With Ryan Anderson (knee) expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks, there's going to be a very large void to fill in New Orleans. Alexis Ajinca will likely earn plenty of minutes, with Shawne Williams, Dante Cunningham, and Omer Asik also having an opportunity to land more playing time in the rotation. From a fantasy perspective, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon are going to be the primary components of the Pelicans' offense, and both players will see an uptick in value with Davis sidelined.
Anthony Davis (shoulder) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.
It's a tough break for owners relying on AD's production in a short week, but it makes sense to be conservative with the extended All-Star break around the corner. With Ryan Anderson (elbow) also doubtful, Dante Cunningham could be in line to draw the start at power forward. It's also possible New Orleans goes with a twin towers look, sliding Omer Asik over to power forward and starting Alexis Ajinca at center. Stay tuned.
Anthony Davis (groin) said that he is unsure if he will suit up for Friday's game against the Clippers.
Davis added that will try and do everything in his power to get on the floor tonight, and it's looking like he's destined for the dreaded game-time decision. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but if he's forced to sit, Ryan Anderson, Alexis Ajinca, and Omer Asik will all likely see extended minutes for the Pelicans.
Updating a previous report, Anthony Davis (groin) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Clippers.
He is dealing with a Grade 1 abductor strain, and he'll be re-evaluated during Friday morning's shootaround. "[Davis is] getting treatment," said head coach Monty Williams. "He’s walking around normally and doing some stuff, but nothing to break a sweat. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow." If Davis sits, Ryan Anderson, Alexis Ajinca, and Omer Asik will be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned.
Anthony Davis (groin) has a Grade 1 abductor strain and will be listed as day-to-day.
Though not great news, this is much better than the original reaction when Davis went down Wednesday night. We'll consider him questionable for Friday's game against the Clippers, while Ryan Anderson, Alexis Ajinca, and Omer Asik would stand to benefit if Davis is unable to play.
Anthony Davis (toe) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raptors.
He was held out on Friday, but we have to take into consideration the fact that it was against the 76ers. The injury isn't thought to be serious, but the Pelicans have every right to be cautious with their franchise player. We will update Davis' status as soon as we know more, and we expect Ryan Anderson, Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca to benefit should Davis miss any more action.
Updating a previous report, Anthony Davis (toe) said he didn't know if he would play Friday vs. the Sixers, and he is headed for a game-time decision.
Davis was seen limping during shootaround, while Ryan Anderson was spotted wearing the starters blue jerseys, so Davis is looking very doubtful for this one. Owners will want to check back for an official update closer to tip-off, but if Davis sits, Anderson would be the primary beneficiary with Omer Asik and Dante Cunningham also likely to see extended minutes. Stay tuned.
Anthony Davis (left toe sprain) is questionable for Friday's game against the 76ers.
Davis expects to be fine after tweaking his toe towards the end of Wednesday's game against the Pistons, but we'll be monitoring this one closely leading up until tip-off on Friday. If Davis is unable to play, Ryan Anderson, Omer Asik, and Dante Cunningham would be in line for a boost in fantasy value.
Ryan Anderson caught fire in the second half of Tuesday's comeback win in Sacramento, finishing with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting, four 3-pointers, four rebounds, one steal and one block.
He was very quiet in the first half, but few players can catch fire as quickly as Ryno, who did his damage in 31 minutes of action. His playing time has picked up with Omer Asik (back) sidelined over the past two games, but Anderson doesn't need more than 25-30 minutes per game to provide solid points and rebounds with elite 3-pointers.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 12:35:00 AM
Anthony Davis flirted with a 5x5 in Monday's loss to the Cavs, scoring 27 points with 14 rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks.
We're running out of superlatives for Davis, as he and Steph Curry continue to distance themselves from the field in standard leagues. Omer Asik added eight points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block, and Jrue Holiday pitched in with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in the loss.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 09:35:00 PM
Ryan Anderson came off the bench to hit 4-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 12 points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of Saturday's preseason win over the Heat.
Anderson looked good and we're taking him off the injury report, for now. He had a serious neck injury last season, but it looks like he's good to go. He'll likely come off the bench for the Pelicans this season, but still has some serious mid-round intrigue in fantasy drafts. The starters, except for Darius Miller, who is filling in for Tyreke Evans (hamstring), played very limited minutes. Omer Asik played just six minutes, Anthony Davis played 11, and Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday each played just 10 minutes.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 10:05:00 PM
Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that Ryan Anderson (spinal surgery) is "back on the court, running, shooting," and will join the team in New Orleans next week.
Anderson's 2013-14 season ended with a scary spinal injury, but fortunately he's expected to be ready for New Orleans' training camp. He may find himself coming off the bench this season, with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis starting in the frontcourt, but Anderson's prolific 3-point shooting (3.0 per game prior to his injury last year) should earn him solid playing time and buoy his fantasy value.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 04:46:00 PM
Alexis Ajinca has decided not to play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
With his wife expected to give birth during the tournament, Ajinca has decided to stay home rather than join Team France. "This is a blow," France coach Vincent Collet said of losing his starting center, "but we must move forward with those who are there." Despite his importance to his national team, Ajinca doesn't hold the same importance with the New Orleans Pelicans and won't be much of a fantasy factor playing behind Anthony Davis and Omer Asik in 2014-15.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:06:00 AM
Anthony Davis is excited to play power forward more often in 2014-15, while Omer Asik holds down the center position in the Pelicans' frontcourt.
"My game is really more of a power forward’s," Davis said. "This is going to help my game a lot. I like playing the four ... [Asik] is another big body who can defend, rebound, runs the floor, a great passer. It’s good for us." Davis has bulked up since the end of the regular season and he's been expanding his shooting range -- as long as he stays healthy, he's a lock for elite fantasy value.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:01:00 PM
The Pelicans may waive Austin Rivers to clear enough cap space for their acquisition of Omer Asik.
Asik's salary balloons to $14.9 million this season but the Pelicans are happy to have him after relying on guys like Greg Stiemsma and Alexis Ajinca last season. Rivers was drafted No. 10 overall in 2012 but he's struggled to adapt to the NBA and averaged only 7.7 points on 40.5 percent shooting last season.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 01:03:00 PM
Rockets coach Kevin McHale said his team needs to be "more aggressive defensively" to advance deeper into the playoffs next season.
"We’re going to have to put more pressure on the ball," McHale said. "We’re going to have to probably trap and attack more defensively. We were all year long in the top five, six, seven in defensive field-goal percentage against. Our defensive rebounding has to pick up." The Rockets' core players remain under contract for 2014-15 but GM Daryl Morey isn't likely to stand pat. He'll need to fend off suitors for restricted FA Chandler Parsons, and may look to trade away Jeremy Lin and/or Omer Asik in the pursuit of another max-contract free agent.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 12:40:00 PM