Good news, everyone. The New Orleans Pelicans rotation is slated to get Nikola Mirotic back tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but unfortunately, Elfrid Payton has been ruled out despite there existing hope earlier this afternoon.
Point guard Elfrid Payton will test his right ankle before tonight’s game against Minnesota and could make his return in limited minutes, a league source tells ESPN. Payton has missed eight games with a sprain. New Orleans plans to ease him back into the rotation.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) November 14, 2018
With Mirotic returning, it’ll be interesting to see if Alvin Gentry decides to risk throwing a wrench into a well-oiled machine. Should Mirotic immediately rejoin the starting lineup or does it make more sense to give Julius Randle at least another start? Niko has proven his worth, but New Orleans is playing their best ball since the first few few games of the season. Should the coaching staff take a chance on disrupting the current continuity?
For more on tonight’s contest against the Wolves, please click here to read my preview.
What: New Orleans Pelicans at Minnesota Timberwolves
Where: Target Center
When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Central
How: ESPN, 99.5 FM WRNO