Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Tyreke Evans scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in the Pelicans' 102-88 win over his old Kings squad on Friday.

Evans is towing the line big-time for his fantasy owners as he continues to produce despite an ankle injury. Anthony Davis added 24 points on 11-of-26 shooting with nine rebounds, one steal and six blocks in the win.
Mar 28 - 1:44 AM

Eric Gordon disappeared yet again on Friday against the Kings, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shooting with zero rebounds and four assists in just 20 minutes of action.

Something is clearly not right and injury reporting in New Orleans is notoriously light. It's been a while since Gordon has been productive and the only play (other than a drop) that makes sense here is to hold him while targeting the four-game week following next week. The Pelicans are three games back in the playoff chase, but a handful of losses (or OKC wins) could cause them to take their foot off the gas.
Mar 28 - 1:41 AM

Quincy Pondexter scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds and two steals against the Kings on Friday.

The Kings are good for a few extra 3PAs for their opponents so nothing really stands out here. If you need the triples, give him a look.
Mar 28 - 1:35 AM

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said that he expects Jrue Holiday (leg) will return before the regular-season ends, but he would not give a specific date.

This is an interesting development, however, Jrue has been sidelined since Jan. 12 and he would more than likely be eased back into the rotation when/if he does eventually return. He still has yet to go through a practice with the team, and given the uncertainty of this situation, it's probably best to leave Jrue on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 27 - 7:52 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) still has not been able to practice, and he remains without an official timetable to return.

"I’m just trying to take it slow, don’t want to re-aggravate it. Obviously last time I tried to do a little bit more, it flared up on me," said Holiday. "I think the doctor kind of has a timetable, which they know about. I don’t really know. I don’t ask questions, because I might try to test the waters a little bit too soon. So I just do what they tell me." With just 11 games remaining for the Pelicans, and no clear return date in sight, Holiday belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 27 - 1:44 PM

Anthony Davis returned from a shoulder injury in the second half during a 95-93 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, making 9-of-18 from the field and 6-of-14 from the line for 24 points with 14 boards, one assist three steals, three blocks and no turnovers.

The good news here is that he felt good after the game. "I just wanted to be on the floor, so whatever I had to do to stay on the floor, " Davis said regarding his shoulder injury.. He was even attempting free throws after the game tonight because he missed eight of them, which proved costly. He should be ready for Friday against the Kings against fellow Kentucky Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins.
Mar 26 - 1:28 AM

Omer Asik (calf) returned to the lineup on Wednesday with six points, six boards, two assists, one steal and four turnovers in 26 minutes against the Rockets.

He was a victim of a James Harden poster and didn't have his best game in his return. Asik cost the Pelicans a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, so this sub-par game stings a little more. He's a questionable player to own in standard leagues.
Mar 26 - 1:24 AM

Alexis Ajinca played 15 minutes off the bench against the Rockets on Wednesday with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

That's not a bad line in limited playing time, but the Pelicans look to be healthy with the exception of Ryan Anderson (knee). Ajinca can be dropped in most leagues with Anthony Davis' shoulder injury appearing to be minor.
Mar 26 - 1:20 AM

Eric Gordon missed all five shots from the field and made 6-of-8 from the line for six points against the Rockets on Wednesday with three assists and one turnover.

He didn't have any other stats in the loss. Gordon was coming in with some momentum thanks to a 23-point game on Sunday, but he's fallen off more than a handful of times this season. He should be better on Friday and his owners have to be happy he's been able to stay healthy.
Mar 26 - 1:16 AM

Tyreke Evans made 10-of-16 from the field against the Rockets on Wednesday with 28 points, two rebounds, seven assists, one block, two steals and four 3-pointers.

It's his most efficient game of the season and it comes on the heels of missing a game on Sunday. Evans should be fine going forward, but his troublesome left ankle will always be something to watch. He'll be a must-start option against the Kings on Friday. Revenge game?
Mar 26 - 1:12 AM

Anthony Davis suffered a right shoulder injury and has returned.

This is the same shoulder that forced him to miss two different stints, so the Pelicans dodged a bullet here. Hopefully he's OK going forward.
Mar 25 - 10:08 PM

Omer Asik (calf) is still expected to play vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

Asik was able to practice in full on Tuesday, and he was fully expected to be ready for tonight's game. He was playing well prior to suffering the calf injury that cost him the last two games, so he is worth a look for any owner needing help in rebounds. Alexis Ajinca will shift to the bench and his value will take a hit.
Mar 25 - 6:35 PM

Tyreke Evans (ankle) is still expected to play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

This is essentially a non-update for Evans and he should be ready to roll after missing Sunday's game against the Clippers. He can be inserted back into fantasy lineups. Expect to see less Norris Cole tonight.
Mar 25 - 6:34 PM

Ryan Anderson (knee) is hopeful that he will be able to return to action in a week, and he has continued to progress each day.

Anderson has been out for over a month, and even though it's fantastic to see him getting closer to a return, the Pelicans will likely ease him back into the rotation. We will continue to monitor his progress closely, but Anderson still belongs on the wire outside of deeper leagues.
Mar 25 - 12:15 PM

Omer Asik (calf) is expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Rockets.

Asik has missed the last two games for the Pelicans, but he retuned to practice on Tuesday and is ready to play tonight. He will likely jump back into the starting lineup vs. the Rockets, while Alexis Ajinca will shift back to a limited role off the bench. If you need help in boards, give Asik a look.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 25 - 11:55 AM


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