Thanks to Pelicans.com reporter Jim Eichenhofer, NOLA.com beat writer John Reid, and New Orleans Advocate beat writer Darnell Williams we have some new news to report on the injury front. Sadly, most of that news is not nearly as positive as any Pelican fan with playoff aspirations would hope.
Omer Asik and Tyreke Evans practiced today according to Reid. Tyreke debuted a new knee sleeve, which is interesting considering his injury has been reported as an ankle sprain.
Tyreke Evans back to work with protective sleeve over left knee. pic.twitter.com/gG4ymn9KJW— John Reid (@JohnReid64) March 24, 2015
Jrue Holiday was on the court but did not participate in practice. It is good to read that he is out shooting and (presumably) without a boot on. However, as the time continues to tick down it becomes increasingly less likely that Holiday will see the floor again this season.
#Pelicans PG Jrue Holiday was on court shooting but did not practice. He has been out since Jan. 12 with lower right leg stress reaction.— Darrell J. Williams (@DWPelicansbeat) March 24, 2015
Jim Eichenhofer has a full run down on everyone in today's column. Asik and Evans remain questionable for Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets. Those Rockets are likely to get Dwight Howard back after a long hiatus. Good news for the Rockets, bad for the Pelicans. Especially if Asik is unable to go. Below is Monty Williams on the status of both Holiday and Anderson.
New Orleans third- and fourth-leading scorers Jrue Holiday (leg) and Ryan Anderson (knee) have begun working out at the team’s practice facility, but fifth-year head coach Monty Williams isn’t ready to pinpoint a return date for either player.
"They’re closer," Williams said of the point guard and reserve catalyst. "They’re starting to do more things on the floor. But they’re not to the point where I can say they’ll play next week or the week after."
While it has been a minor miracle that the Pelicans have stayed in things this long with their injury list (and a great deal of that is also due to Kevin Durant's nagging foot injury) time grows short. With 12 games to play the Pelicans must finish at least three better than the Thunder in order to punch their ticket and hold off the Phoenix Suns. On that end, defeating the Suns in the Blender on April 10th would give New Orleans the tie breaker.
Sadly it does not appear we will ever see this Pelicans roster, the one with Quincy Pondexter and Norris Cole, at full strength this season.