Cole (back) will miss Wednesday's season finale against the Timberwolves, ESPN.com's Justin Verrier reports. Cole wasn't officially ruled out for the season due to his ongoing bout with back spasms, but with 19 consecutive absences heading into Wednesday, he was never expected to return. The veteran point guard is set to become a free agent this offseason, and it's uncertain if the Pelicans are interested in bringing him back, especially if Jrue Holiday (eye) and Tyreke Evans (knee) both enter the coming season at full health. Cole was at least a dependable rotation player when called upon this season for the injury-plagued Pelicans, averaging a career-high 10.6 points (on 40.5% shooting from the field) to go along with 3.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.7 three-pointers across 26.6 minutes in his 45 appearances.
Cole (back) will remain out for Monday's game against the Bulls, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports. As expected, Cole has not been cleared to return Monday, and at this point with only one more game remaining, the point guard's season is likely over. In his absence, Toney Douglas and Tim Frazier will continue to see increased roles.
Cole (back) is listed as questionable for Friday's tilt with the Lakers, Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate reports. The Pelicans continue to list Cole as questionable in advance of every game, despite coach Alvin Gentry's acknowledged that the point guard will likely be shut down for the season. There's been little to indicate Cole is showing enough improvement with his back to play Friday, so expect the status quo to remain in place here.
Cole (back) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the 76ers, Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate reports. We're taking this with a major grain of salt, as there's been no indication that Cole has resumed practicing yet. Coach Alvin Gentry acknowledged that it's likely Cole will miss the rest of the season, so it's probably not worthwhile to hold the point guard in any yearly leagues.
Cole (back) remains without a return timetable, Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate reports. Cole has missed the last 12 game with nagging soreness in his back, and coach Alvin Gentry admitted Saturday that it's becoming "more and more unlikely" that both Cole and Ryan Anderson (hernia) will play again this season. Gentry stopped short of ruling Cole out, however, so continue to consider the point guard day-to-day until the team says otherwise. New Orleans is off Saturday before taking on the Nets in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon.
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