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The Pelicans haven't offered a clear return date for Nikola Mirotic (right ankle).

The assumption is that New Orleans' light upcoming schedule (one game in six days) will help Mirotic and E'Twaun Moore (strained leg) get over their injuries. "Hopefully it helps a lot," said Anthony Davis. "You get a chance to recover, rest up and let our bodies heal." It's possible New Orleans will rest Mirotic and Moore for Sunday's game to give them the full six days of rest, but for now we're considering them day-to-day.
Dec 13 - 12:58 AM

Anthony Davis made 16-of-32 from the field for a season-high 44 points during a 118-114 win over the Thunder on Wednesday, adding 18 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

He had his weekly trip to the locker room after Cheick Diallo fell into his quad in the first quarter, but AD returned in the second quarter. Once he was able to get loose, AD looked fine in another monster performance and made all 11 from the line, as well. Before the game, coach Alvin Gentry said he wanted to dial back AD's minutes, but of course he wasn't too tied to that idea with AD hitting 40 minutes for the eighth time this season. He's easily the best player in fantasy and it's not close, so his fantasy owners will deal with all the locker room trips.
Dec 13 - 12:18 AM

Jrue Holiday scored 20 points with five rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

Before the game, coach Alvin Gentry said he wanted to dial back Holiday's minutes a bit, so at least he was down a little from the 39.3 he played in the three previous games. Holiday has been playing off the ball more to take some pressure off him, but he's been dominating on the stat sheet as a top-20 player in standard leagues. He should keep it rolling even when Elfrid Payton (hand) returns, but keep in mind the Pelicans have a front-loaded schedule on the season.
Dec 13 - 12:08 AM

Tim Frazier scored six points with nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one turnover in 36 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

The Pelicans are running out of depth with E'Twaun Moore (leg) out tonight, so Frazier hit the 35-minute mark for the second time this month. Moore could miss additional time from a lower leg strain, so Frazier could have a mini-Westbrook, lower-scoring impact on the stat sheet with output in the triple-double categories to go with some steals. He's worth a short-term look for a PG-needy owner.
Dec 13 - 12:04 AM

Frank Jackson scored eight points with one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

Coach Alvin Gentry said he wants to get Jackson back down to the G League for more run, but that won't be an option while E'Twaun Moore is out. He's only worth a look in super deep leagues.
Dec 13 - 12:00 AM

Anthony Davis returned to action in the second quarter on Wednesday.

The injury didn't really look bad at all, but of course even the most minor thing will get AD a locker room trip. We'll let you know if what looked like a very minor contusion to his left quad affects him.
Dec 12 - 8:51 PM

Anthony Davis went to the locker room in the first quarter on Wednesday.

It looked like Cheick Diallo fell into AD's left quad, and AD was a little gimpy on the next couple possessions before he came out. It didn't look too bad, but it was noticeable that he was slow to get up and down the floor. Hopefully he's back out there soon.
Dec 12 - 8:40 PM

Alvin Gentry said he wants to start scaling back Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday's minutes.

Davis and Holiday currently rank No. 1 and 2 in minutes per game this season, so it wouldn't be the worst idea to dial their minutes back a bit. However, that's easier said than done with Elfrid Payton (finger), E'Twaun Moore (leg) and Nikola Mirotic (ankle) all unavailable and the Pelicans needing to win games to get into the playoff hunt. We'll be watching the minutes distributions in New Orleans carefully tonight.
Dec 12 - 6:27 PM

E'Twaun Moore (leg) will not play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

The Pelicans are going to be missing some bodies with Nikola Mirotic (ankle) also out. Moore's injury is not considered serious, but this will be his second game out in a row. Frank Jackson and Tim Frazier should have their minutes extended today with Frazier being a DFS option today in a tougher matchup.
Dec 12 - 6:01 PM

E'Twaun Moore (lower leg strain) is questionable to play Wednesday against the Thunder.

Moore sat out Monday's game with what the team labeled a "rest" day, but it's clear that the leg issue has been affecting him for over a week. We'll have a better idea on his status following shootaround, but if he is forced to spend another game on the sidelines, Solomon Hill and Darius Miller will soak up most of his minutes.
Dec 11 - 6:13 PM

Nikola Mirotic (right ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

Mirotic has been fighting through the pain in his right ankle since November, but it just hasn't gotten any better, so the Pelicans will hold him out until he's clearly back to 100%. Julius Randle will get all the run he can handle while Mirotic is out, and there will be more minutes available for Cheick Diallo.
Dec 11 - 6:10 PM

Tim Frazier scored eight points (3-of-6 FG) with ten assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes Monday against the Celtics.

Frazier made his tenth start of the season Monday night, and while he didn't have much of an impact from a scoring standpoint he did reach double figures in assists for the second time this season. Over his last five games, all starts, the Penn State product is averaging 8.8 points, 7.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds in just over 27 minutes per game.
Dec 10 - 10:32 PM

Jrue Holiday scored seven points (3-of-10 FG) with six assists, three steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes Monday against the Celtics.

One night after scoring a season-high 37 points in a win over the Pistons, Holiday struggled against a Celtics team that was without five players including PG Kyrie Irving. It's possible that this is a matchup issue for the point guard more than anything, as the Celtics harassed him into eight turnovers in the first meeting between the two teams back on November 26 (a 17-point Celtics win).
Dec 10 - 10:27 PM

Julius Randle scored 20 points (7-of-13 FG, 6-of-8 FT) with 11 rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes Monday against the Celtics.

While Randle shot the ball well and posted his 14th double-double of the season, reaching the 20-point mark for the fifth straight game, he did turn the ball over five times. He's now turned the ball over ten times over the last two games, more than double his average for the season (2.4 turnovers per game). Randle's obviously a valuable fantasy option, but he can be even better if he gets that turnover count down.
Dec 10 - 10:24 PM

Nikola Mirotic (sore right ankle) left Monday's game against the Celtics and did not return, prompting coach Alvin Gentry to tell reporters after the game that they will hold him out until he's healthy.

Mirotic has dealt with issues with his right ankle for quite awhile now, dating back to November. Gentry said that Mirotic is a gamer and has wanted to play through it, but it's simply not getting any better. Julius Randle will continue to see most of the work Mirotic will vacate, but Cheick Diallo, Darius Miller, and Wes Johnson will also see more minutes as long as he's out.
Dec 10 - 10:19 PM


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