Player News - Pelicans

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Tyreke Evans had a quiet scoring game against the 76ers on Monday during a 99-74 win, making 2-of-6 from the field for six points with two rebounds, 12 assists and one 3-pointer.

Usually, point guards carve up the 76ers. However, that hasn't happened for Evans with this game and another letdown back on Jan. 16 with eight points and seven turnovers. He should be fine going forward with a high upside while Jrue Holiday (leg) remains out.
Jan 26 - 10:50 PM

Ryan Anderson shot the ball well against the 76ers on Monday with 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

He made 7-of-14 from the field and had open looks the whole night. Anderson missed a game due to bilateral ankle inflammation, but it appears to be behind him with this game and an 18-opint outing on Sunday. He's safe to start in all leagues.
Jan 26 - 10:47 PM

Anthony Davis was all over the court against the 76ers during a 99-74 win on Monday, scoring 32 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks on 12-of-19 from the field.

Yeah, that toe injury from last week is behind him. In his last four games since that injury, Davis averaged 27.5 points, 10.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.5 blocks, 3.3 steals and 1.3 turnovers. He'll get the struggling Denver frontcourt at home on Wednesday, so he's likely looking at another 30-point game for that one.
Jan 26 - 10:40 PM

Pelicans F Quincy Pondexter tied his season high with 14 points on Sunday, hitting 4-of-10 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and three assists.

Q-Pon did his damage in 29 minutes and has established a steady role for the SF-starved Pelicans. He'll provide a trickle of points and rebounds with the occasional 3-pointer, but beware his season-average 35.6 percent shooting.
Jan 25 - 9:38 PM

Dante Cunningham started Sunday's game but had only two points, two assists and two steals in 21 minutes vs. Dallas.

He might have played more minutes for the short-handed Pelicans, but was hampered by foul trouble. Over his past five games he has point totals of two, two, one, 14 and two. He's worth keeping an eye on while starting but is best suited to the waiver wire outside of deep leagues.
Jan 25 - 9:35 PM

Tyreke Evans racked up 24 points and a season-high 12 assists in Sunday's home win vs. the Mavericks, making 11-of-19 shots with one 3-pointer, one steal and three turnovers.

Evans has taken on a much larger role offensively with Jrue Holiday (stress reaction) out of the lineup, and he'll continue to do so for about 2-4 more weeks. His efficient shooting is a reliable trend since teams still can't keep him out of the paint -- he's taking a career-high 56.6 percent of his shots within three feet of the rim.
Jan 25 - 9:31 PM

Ryan Anderson (ankle inflammation) returned from a one-game absence on Sunday with 18 points vs. the Clippers, hitting 6-of-10 shots with two 3-pointers, five boards, one assist and one block.

The time off clearly aided Anderson, who snapped a brutal shooting slump with this efficient bench performance. He was shooting 35.9 percent from the field in January prior to Sunday's game, and it's safe to assume his ailing ankle was part of the problem. Hopefully he can stay hot during a dreamy matchup vs. the 76ers' perimeter defense on Monday.
Jan 25 - 9:28 PM

Ryan Anderson (bilateral ankle inflammation) is expected to play Sunday vs. Dallas.

Anderson was forced to sit during the Pelicans' last game, but it appears his ankle injury will only cause him to spend one game on the sidelines. Anderson's return to the lineup will hurt the value of Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter, and Alixis Ajinca.

Ryan Anderson has a good chance to play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks, according to coach Monty Williams.

This is definitely good news as it was feared that Anderson's injury might have cost him a few more games on the sidelines. If Anderson does return on Sunday, Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter and Alexis Ajinca will all lose value. We will provide further details when they are made available.

The Pelicans have signed Nate Wolters to another 10-day contract on Saturday.

Despite the absence of Jrue Holiday (leg), Wolters has averaged just 2.6 points, 2.2 boards and 0.8 assists in 11 minutes per contest in New Orleans so far. Needless to say, Wolters should be left on the wire.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 24 - 12:10 PM

Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, five assists and one steal over 35 minutes in Friday's road win over the Wolves.

Gordon is going to be worth having in lineups at least until Jrue Holiday returns and if Ryan Anderson misses more time with his ankle injury he could have a nice little run here. Anthony Davis added 21 and 12 with two steals and a block, and Tyreke Evans is also enjoying life without Holiday as he poured in 17 points with eight assists in an otherwise full line.
Jan 24 - 2:48 AM

Dante Cunningham returned to Minnesota where he played last season, scoring 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, two steals and one block over 35 minutes in Friday's win.

Cunningham is going to have some extra opportunity with Jrue Holiday out for a while and Ryan Anderson dealing with an ankle injury. Give him a look if you need a low-end forward.
Jan 24 - 2:45 AM

Alexis Ajinca blocked a career-high five shots in Friday's win, and also added six points with six boards in 14 minutes.

Ajinca was probably dropped after his mini-spurt filling in for Anthony Davis, but if you happened to hold onto him you may want to see if Ryan Anderson misses more time with his ankle injury. That said, this is Alexis Ajinca we're talking about here and owners shouldn't piddle around if there are any worthwhile free agents available.
Jan 24 - 2:41 AM

Ryan Anderson will not play on Friday due to bilateral ankle inflammation.

This is slightly ominous since the Pelicans also listed Jrue Holiday as having ankle inflammation before his stress reaction was revealed, but there's no reason to think Anderson has more than a day-to-day injury. His absence should result in more minutes for Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter, Luke Babbitt and Alexis Ajinca, with Cunningham shouldering the heaviest burden.
Jan 23 - 12:29 PM

Alexis Ajinca, who came in hot, played just six minutes and had zero points and four rebounds in the return of Anthony Davis.

Ajinca had played very well since Davis went down with a toe injury, but we knew it would be a short run. With Davis back you can safely forget about Ajinca again, at least until Davis suffers another injury.
Jan 21 - 11:46 PM


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