New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was going to take it slow. That was the plan and Alvin Gentry said in September that Holiday would start the preseason at 10 minutes a game and the regular season with a 15 minutes a game limit. It appears that those well-laid plans are already experiencing some adjustment.
On Friday night against the Miami Heat Holiday logged 17:50. In a preseason game. That follows 15:09 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday and 15:25 against the Houston Rockets Monday night. Turns out this experiment of adding minutes is going well as Holiday could play up to 20 soon according to Pelicans.com writer Jim Eichenhofer.
Likely. Jrue 15-20 mins. Only other Pelican with vast PG experience. RT @MisterJasonPTU Will Nate Rob play significant role first few games?— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) October 26, 2015
The Pelicans have been in contact with Jrue Holiday's personal trainer and will be working together to manage his workload. Does this mean Holiday will still sit out Wednesday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers? Is Holiday ahead of schedule and doing well or are the Pelicans panicking and abandoning the plan thanks to the severity of injuries elsewhere?
Your mileage may vary on the answers on each of those questions. Ultimately the result is what will tell the story. If Jrue Holiday stays healthy this season the Pelicans made the right choice. If he doesn't little adjustment like this will be heavily scrutinized.