When Tyreke Evans left the game before halftime to trudge back to the locker room you could feel the hearts of New Orleans Pelicans fans sink. We did not expect the Pelicans to come out of the first round victorious but staying competitive (the Pels were not at the time) and healthy seemed to be realistic expectations. Anthony Davis and company did get it together some in the fourth to avoid a demoralizing defeat; but on the injury front news is not so promising.
This afternoon ESPN reporter Marc Stein had the details. The Pelicans held their practice at the University of San Francisco and while Evans was in uniform he did not participate in practice with the team.
Tyreke Evans is addressing media now and says "I feel better." Won't practice today but hints he's gonna try to find a way to play in Game 2— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 19, 2015
Tyreke Evans calls himself a "gametime decision" for Monday night's Game 2. Monty Williams was more conservative and said "day to day"— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 19, 2015
Officially the Pelicans list Evans as questionable. Not surprising considering Evans was not a participant during the morning practice session.
For Game 2 vs.GSW - Tyreke Evans (left knee contusion) is QUESTIONABLE.— Pelicans PR (@PelicansPR) April 19, 2015
The Pelicans have been burned by a knee bruise before. Remember that in 2011 Eric Gordon suffered a knee contusion in his first game as a then-New Orleans Hornet. That injury, and various complications, stretched over the course of three full seasons. Even still it is difficult to call what Gordon is now 100% compared to his previous form as a Los Angeles Clipper. Gordon had 35 dunks in his final season in LA. He has had 15 dunks in four SEASONS in New Orleans.
Re: Tyreke's knee: The term deep bone bruise usually means the outer layer of bone (periosteum) has been damaged. Heals similarly to a fx.— Jeff Stotts (@RotowireATC) April 19, 2015
If Tyreke's bone bruise is to the periosteal tissue than it's going to be an issue for the rest of the series. Will need ample time to heal.— Jeff Stotts (@RotowireATC) April 19, 2015