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Game Thread: Steven Adams to play in Pelicans preseason opener against Heat

New Orleans still short-handed without Bledsoe and Redick, but Zion, BI and Zo are all a go

The New Orleans Pelicans first preseason game on the schedule tips off just past the top of the hour against the Miami Heat, but they won’t be facing the same formidable opponent witnessed in the 2020 playoffs.

According to Erik Spoelstra in pregame, Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Andre Iguodala are all expected to be out of action.

As for those unavailable on the Pelicans’ side tonight, Stan Van Gundy revealed the details as to why Eric Bledsoe and JJ Redick did not travel with the team to Florida.

It sounds like Eric Bledsoe and JJ Redick should be good in short order, perhaps as soon as this Friday in the next exhibition contest.

As for Steven Adams, he was a game-time decision (calf tightness) in pregame, but a few minutes ago, Pelicans PR announced he’s going to play given he’s in the starting lineup. Josh Hart will take the place of Bledsoe at shooting guard.

For more on today’s final game of the 2019-20 season, please give our preview a read.

Let’s geaux Pels!

Who: New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat

When: December 14, 6:00 p.m. Central

Where to watch: FSNO, NBA TV (both feeds will feature the Heat’s regional affiliate FOX Sports Sun)

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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