Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Norris Cole started the second half on Saturday in place of Tyreke Evans (knee).

Evans is probable to return with a knee contusion, so he should be back at some point. Evans' main issue with respect to injuries has been left ankle, but he did have a knee injury back in December. Still, it sounds minor for now. We'll keep you posted.
Apr 18 - 4:52 PM

Quincy Pondexter will start against the Warriors on Saturday and Jrue Holiday will come off the bench.

Holiday isn't quite ready for his usual role, but he should play minutes in the high 20s. That means there will be less minutes for Pondexter in this huge game.
Apr 18 - 3:09 PM

Jrue Holiday returned to action on Wednesday and had 11 points and four assists in 25 minutes of Wednesday's win.

The Pelicans are hoping he can get back into a groove for the playoffs, but he's clearly not 100 percent yet after returning from a leg injury. The good news is he played and should be able to get some rest before the playoffs start this weekend. Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists, Eric Gordon scored 14, while Norris Cole came off the bench to score 13 points. Anthony Davis led the way with 31 points and 13 boards, and the Pelicans will face the Warriors in Round 1 of the playoffs.
Apr 15 - 11:35 PM

Anthony Davis had 31 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks on 12-of-26 shooting as the Pelicans beat the Spurs 108-103 in Wednesday's finale.

The win not only put the Pelicans in the playoffs, but knocked the Oklahoma City Thunder out. AD played well down the stretch and calmly knocked down open jumpers and blocked a couple shots to close the door on the Spurs. The Pelicans will face the Warriors (who have lost just two home games this season) in the first round of the playoffs, when Davis will make his postseason debut. And getting to see both Davis and Steph Curry in a playoff series should be a treat to watch.
Apr 15 - 10:52 PM

Jrue Holiday is active to face the Spurs on Wednesday.

Holiday played well on Sunday with 17 points, so he certainly can help the Pelicans tonight in what's basically a must win. Still, he'll have a minutes cap and isn't a great option in fantasy leagues.
Apr 15 - 6:32 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) is now being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

Even if Holiday is able to give it a go, he's going to be playing on a minutes restriction with a tough matchup against the Spurs, making him far too risky for use in most leagues. Expect another update on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Apr 14 - 5:47 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

Holiday is a very talented player, and he was able to put up a quality line through just 15 minutes of action against the Rockets on Sunday, but it's very unlikely he'll be able to repeat that performance in limited minutes with a tough matchup against San Antonio. He's an extremely risky guy to own in most leagues.
Apr 14 - 3:36 PM

Eric Gordon scored 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds and two assists in the Pelicans' win over the Wolves on Monday.

Gordon is picking it up as the Pelicans try to close out the regular season with a trip to the playoffs. They hold the tiebreaker against the Thunder, so if they win on Wednesday against the Spurs then they'll have punched their ticket. Tyreke Evans added 22 points, three rebounds and five assists, and Anthony Davis went for 24 and 11 with five assists, two steals and six blocks in the win.
Apr 14 - 3:42 AM

Quincy Pondexter played just 24 minutes on Monday with zero points on 0-for-5 shooting.

Pondexter had 20 points last Tuesday but that's all we've heard of him since then. With one more game left in the season, he's a risky play for some 3-pointers and that's about it.
Apr 14 - 3:40 AM

Jrue Holiday will not play against the Wolves on Monday night.

He had a very good game on Sunday with 17 points, but the Pelicans aren't comfortable with him playing in back-to-backs just yet. Tyreke Evans will handle most of the point guard duties tonight. Expect Holiday to play on Wednesday.
Apr 13 - 6:34 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) is questionable to face the Timberwolves on Monday.

With Holiday having played 15 minutes in Sunday's contest and the Pelicans on the second night of a back-to-back set, it's still to be determined if Holiday will be able to get a few minutes in as part of his return. With the Pelicans fighting to make the postseason, any help Holiday can provide would be welcomed. Tyreke Evans will continue to start at point guard.
Apr 13 - 1:13 PM

The Pelicans fell in Houston on Sunday despite Anthony Davis' team-high 27 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

Davis hit 10-of-16 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs with only one turnover in 39 minutes in the disappointing loss, which prevented the No. 8 seed Pelicans from gaining ground on the No. 9 seed Thunder. They may have earned a subtle victory by default, however, as Russell Westbrook faces a one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul. Expect an all-out effort from Davis and co. when they play the Wolves in Minnesota on Monday.
Apr 12 - 9:46 PM

Jrue Holiday looked spry in his second game back after an 11-week absence, coming off the bench for 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, three 3-pointers, two assists and two steals in a mere 15 minutes of action.

He made some explosive moves and appeared far more comfortable than he did on Friday, when he shot just 1-of-7 from the field. As encouraging as this game is, most fantasy owners should be leery of Holiday while his playing time is stuck in the 15-minute range.
Apr 12 - 9:44 PM

Ryan Anderson scored 15 points in 27 minutes vs. Houston on Sunday, hitting 6-of-13 shots including two 3-pointers.

It's great to see Anderson healthy and once again knocking down some of his his plentiful attempts from the perimeter. He rounded out his evening with four rebounds and one turnover in 27 minutes, but didn't have any assists, steals or blocks to his credit.
Apr 12 - 9:44 PM

Dante Cunningham (knee contusion) is expected to play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

Cunningham isn't a factor in fantasy leagues when the Pelicans are at full strength, but he should see his normal allotment of minutes off the bench tonight. Leave him on the wire.
Apr 12 - 5:48 PM


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