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Game 16: Elfrid Payton requires surgery on left pinky finger, moving Jrue Holiday back to point guard for Pelicans-Nuggets matchup

Alvin Gentry will revert back to an all too familiar lineup.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

After fracturing his left pinky finger last night in the first quarter against the New York Knicks, Elfrid Payton landed back on the injury report, but minutes ago Alvin Gentry announced his starting point will have surgery to repair the damage. A timetable for return will be made available following the procedure.

Despite the heavy loss to the rotation, the New Orleans Pelicans will have the use of Anthony Davis this time round versus the Denver Nuggets. In the teams’ last meeting, the Pelicans were without Davis, Payton and Darius Miller, but New Orleans still had a chance to win in the final minute. Following a Frank Jackson steal and lay-in, the Pelicans found themselves behind by just three points with 1:01 remaining in the fourth, but the Nuggets prevailed with a 116-111 victory.

With Holiday back at the one, the rest of the Pelicans will have to step up in their starting point guard’s absence. For more on the need for improved execution against the Nuggets, be sure to read our preview here.

Geaux Pels!

What: New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets

Where: Smoothie King Center

When: Wednesday November 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Central

How: FSNO, 99.5 FM WRNO

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