Tyreke Evans was upgraded to probable this morning by the New Orleans Pelicans, one day after moving up to questionable on the injury report. He should appear against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday evening, but don’t expect to see him in large doses at the outset.
Tyreke Evans said he doesn't know exact minutes restriction tonight. He won't play on back to backs for a while.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) December 15, 2016
At the start of the month, Alvin Gentry had mentioned Evans would be capped to around 3-minute stretches. If that remains the case, expect him to be limited for an extensive period, perhaps for much of the remaining 2016-17 schedule.
That said, Evans claims he feels no pain in his troublesome right knee anymore; however, he will play it safe per his doctor’s recommendations.
"My knee feels way better, no pain. So that's a good sign.... The doctors want to start me off slow, see how the knee reacts." -@TyrekeEvans— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 15, 2016
In sadder news, Tim Frazier is going to be out for the foreseeable future with a bum wrist.
Tim Frazier says he's expected to miss 7-10 days with a bone contusion on his right wrist from a fall in Tuesday's fourth quarter.— Justin Verrier (@JustinVerrier) December 15, 2016
In case you missed, Frazier got injured on this play against the Golden State Warriors after crashing to the ground following a contested lay-up attempt.
It just figures that as soon as the Pelicans get an important chip back, the team loses another one, eh?