Player News - Pelicans

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The strong play of Tyreke Evans and another round of knee surgery for Eric Gordon could mean that Gordon comes off the bench next season, if he's not traded by the Pelicans.

Tyreke Evans spent much of this season at small forward, which is not ideal for him due to the fact he has to worry about guarding the other team's best player on most nights. Once Evans got comfortable at shooting guard late in the season he basically took over. And given Gordon's struggles with injuries and questions about desire over the years, starting Evans and bringing Gordon off the bench actually makes a lot of sense.
Apr 17 - 12:09 PM

Brian Roberts played through his ankle injury and hit 3-of-4 free throws to secure this year's free throw percentage title.

Roberts only played so he could shoot some free throws, which he needed to qualify for the honor. He got it done in just four minutes, and will go back to nursing his ankle at home now that the season is over.
Apr 16 - 11:10 PM

Tyreke Evans finished the season on a very high note, going for 25 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, a block and a 3-pointer in a meaningless win over the Raptors on Wednesday.

Evans has a sore knee that left him iffy for Monday's game, and all he did in that one was rack up 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. It's probably too little, too late for fantasy owners, but if you used him in daily money leagues over these last two games, he certainly helped you out. Austin Rivers had 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two 3-pointers, Anthony Morrow had 15, and Alexis Ajinca added 11 points in the win.
Apr 16 - 11:07 PM

Anthony Davis (back) begged the Pelicans training staff to play against the Rockets on Wednesday, according to the Pelicans broadcast.

Wow. Davis has been a leader for the Pelicans and things like this are a big reason why. Obviously the team held him out because they didn't want him to aggravate his back injury and the team doctors wanted him to be off a basketball court for another week. He'll be a top-end option in drafts next year.
Apr 16 - 10:07 PM

Brian Roberts (ankle) is available to play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

He was a game-time call and it's unclear how much playing time he'll see off the bench. Roberts probably isn't at 100 percent and will be looking to get to the line if he's able to.
Apr 16 - 8:02 PM

Austin Rivers is starting on Wednesday vs. the Rockets.

Brian Roberts (ankle) is a game-time call and could sit, so we'll be looking for an update on that front. Rivers joins Tyreke Evans, Alexis Ajinca, Jeff Withey and Darius Miller in the first unit.
Apr 16 - 7:31 PM

Brian Roberts is a game-time call for Wednesday vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

He needs three more free throws to qualify for the free-throw percentage title, so that is likely a priority for him. If he's out, Austin Rivers will start and could have success with big minutes.
Apr 16 - 7:09 PM

Eric Gordon will have arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to clean up his left knee, but he's expected to be 100 percent healthy for training camp.

Gordon has never had surgery on his left knee before, though his right knee has given him trouble throughout his brief career. He averaged 15.4 points per game this season but shot only 43.6 percent from the field, and returned season-long 10th-round value.
Apr 16 - 12:19 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) played and scored a career-high 41 points on 14-of-26 shooting (1-of-7 3PTs, 12-of-16 FTs) with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Pelicans' 101-89 win over the Thunder.

Aside from Russell Westbrook's absence the Thunder wanted this win, too, and along with the fact that the Pelicans were playing a bunch of journeyman and second round draft picks this is relatively stunning. It's not surprising, though, especially with Monty Williams being forced to provide Evans with the shooters he needs on the wings to make this type of line possible. Evans has returned top 45-95 value over the last 15 games, with a nasty 3.5 turnovers per game mark holding him down.
Apr 14 - 11:47 PM

Darius Miller scored 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, five assists and four steals over 37 minutes in Monday's win over the Thunder.

Miller has been well-worth starting over the last week with averages of 12.0 points, 1.3 treys, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals while hitting 45 percent of his shots in his last four contests. There is no body of work for owners to hang their hats on, and Austin Rivers' early ejections helped create some touches, but Miller is worth fantasy consideration in all formats for Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 11:43 PM

Jeff Withey blocked four shots in Monday's win, and also chipped in with eight points and six boards in 33 minutes.

Withey should get big minutes in Wednesay's finale and is worth a look if you're hunting boards and blocks. Alexis Ajinca (19 minutes, 10 points, four boards, five fouls) is also worth a look in that regard to a lesser extent.
Apr 14 - 11:38 PM

Luke Babbitt hit three 3-pointers in Monday's win, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

Despite logging 32 minutes off the bench, Anthony Morrow (seven points, 3-of-10 FGs, one three, four boards, one block) couldn't keep pace with his fellow sharpshooter, and the duo will both be in the mix for 3-pointers, scoring and a smattering of other stats in Wednesday's finale.
Apr 14 - 11:30 PM

Austin Rivers was ejected from Monday's game for an altercation with Nick Collison.

A fight was close to breaking out, but it did seem a bit extreme to toss Rivers from this game. He finished with eight points, two assists and two 3-pointers in 14 minutes. The Pelicans will shift Tyreke Evans over to point guard because what else are they going to do with their decimated roster?
Apr 14 - 8:56 PM

Tyreke Evans will start vs. the Thunder on Monday.

This has been a mess today and it sounds like Evans will give it a go. Although, he was expected to play on Saturday and did not, so he's still a risky player to use even though he's listed as the starter.
Apr 14 - 7:59 PM

Brian Roberts (ankle) did not play on Monday due to his lingering ankle injury.

Austin Rivers had a big game on Saturday and should be primed for a lot more action tonight.
Apr 14 - 6:46 PM


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