Player News - Pelicans

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Omer Asik (illness) is unlikely to play again this season.

He hasn't played since the All-Star Game due to a bacterial infection and coach Alvin Gentry didn't sound very optimistic about Asik coming back. "He went through a tough time trying to see what was wrong with him," Gentry said. "I think it’s a slim chance that he’ll be back playing this year."
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 2:17 PM

Solomon Hill scored five points with five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

As expected, Hill has come down to earth after his 30-point explosion on Mar. 17. Hill hit just 1-of-7 shots from the field, and with only two more games on the schedule this week, he's more of a streaming option in deeper formats. He was averaging 9.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists and 0.9 steals in his previous 10 games.
Mar 22 - 12:00 AM

Tim Frazier started his second game in a row on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies, but flopped with two points in 28 minutes.

He missed all three of his shots from the field and added five assists, two rebounds, three steals and one turnover. He's playing beside three usage rate monsters in Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday, so Frazier is a low-end option if you're targeting assists -- he had three points, two boards and eight dimes in his previous start. The Pelicans only play two more times this week.
Mar 21 - 11:55 PM

DeMarcus Cousins dropped 41 points in a 95-82 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday, adding 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

This was easily his best game with the Pelicans as he shot 14-of-27 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. He became just the second player since '83 with 41+ points, 17+ rebounds and 5+ triples, and the first since Kevin Love did it in 2010. The Pelicans trail the No. 8 seed (Denver) by 3.5 games, so expect him to keep playing through some minor ailments -- he missed Friday's game with a right rib contusion and a knee issue.
Mar 21 - 11:51 PM

Anthony Davis played through an illness on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies and led his team to a 95-82 win with 19 points.

DeMarcus Cousins carried the Pelicans with 41 points, but AD deserves a lot of credit for playing even though he clearly wasn't 100 percent. He finished 9-of-18 from the field after a rough start to the game, adding 13 rebounds in 40 minutes. The Pelicans are only 3.5 games behind the Nuggets for the No. 8 seed, so Davis will finish the season strong if his team remains competitive.
Mar 21 - 11:39 PM

Anthony Davis (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies.

Davis also got poked in the eye and hit in the shins during Sunday's game, but none of these ailments will force him to the sidelines. Make sure you've got The Brow active.
Mar 21 - 6:43 PM

Tim Frazier will remain in the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with Memphis.

Gentry said he liked how having Tim Frazier as the primary ball handler forces Jrue Holiday to be more of a scorer, so this is a lineup switch that could hold moving forward. Frazier put up three points, two boards and eight dimes through 23 minutes as a starter on Sunday, so he could be worth a look as a deep league assists specialist. Hopefully, with Frazier in the starting group, Holiday will be able to build off his 21-point, seven-dime, four-triple performance from Sunday.
Mar 21 - 6:33 PM

The Pelicans have assigned Cheick Diallo to the D-League.

No fantasy impact to note here, as Cheick Diallo has appeared in just two games over the last two months.
Mar 21 - 11:50 AM

Alvin Gentry said he wants Jrue Holiday to be more aggressive in looking for his shot.

"We need to figure out a way for him to keep that [scorer's] mentality, even when he's the primary ball-handler," said Gentry of Holiday. Gentry said he felt bringing Tim Frazier into the starting five helped Holiday to act as more of a scorer playing off the ball, so hopefully, Jrue can keep his momentum going following Sunday's 21-point performance.
Mar 20 - 2:55 PM

Alvin Gentry said that he liked how bringing Tim Frazier back into the starting five on Sunday allowed Jrue Holiday to become more of a scorer.

Frazier played relatively well through 23 minutes as a starter during Sunday's win, producing three points, two boards and eight dimes, and it sounds like he'll be in the starting five again on Tuesday night. Frazier still isn't really doing enough to warrant ownership in standard leagues, but he might be worth a flier in deep leagues for those seeking to bolster the assist category.
Mar 20 - 2:20 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (knee) returned on Sunday with 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and four turnovers in 31 minutes.

Cousins had an MRI, which came back negative, and the fact that he played two days later confirms that it's not serious. The Pelicans host the Grizzlies on Tuesday, after which they don't play until Friday, so Cousins' knee should have plenty of time to heal.
Mar 19 - 9:00 PM

Dante Cunningham came off the bench on Sunday for three points, three rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes.

Cunningham filled in for DeMarcus Cousins (knee) on Friday, scoring seven points with nine boards in 39 minutes. He's been a fantasy liability all season, and that's not about to change with 12 games left.
Mar 19 - 8:59 PM

Tim Frazier earned the start on Sunday and had eight assists, three points and two rebounds in 23 minutes vs. the Timberwolves.

Wayne Selden isn't with the team any longer, following the expiration of his 10-day contract, so coach Alvin Gentry decided to mix things up. This was Frazier's first start since early December and he played well enough in the home victory, so he's likely to earn another start on Tuesday. Just keep an eye on the lurking threat from E'Twaun Moore (14 points in 28 minutes).
Mar 19 - 8:59 PM

Solomon Hill followed up his 30-point eruption with 13 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists, three steals and one turnover in 35 minutes.

Hill went off in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins, who was back tonight after missing one game, but he still carved out a strong across-the-board fantasy line. We're skeptical that he can keep up this level of play, or anywhere near it, but in fairness he's played well in four of his past five games. He's worth a look until he cools off.
Mar 19 - 8:58 PM

Jrue Holiday went 4-of-5 from downtown on Sunday, hitting 8-of-16 shots overall to finish with 21 points, seven assists, three rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes.

Holiday hasn't been great with DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup, so it was nice to see him playing with confidence even with Boogie active tonight. He's been a top-75 value since the break, and is trending up, which is all owners can ask for in the midst of fantasy playoffs.
Mar 19 - 8:58 PM


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