Norris Cole

#30 PG / New Orleans Pelicans / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 175 lb Age: 27 College: Cleveland State

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    Pelicans' Norris Cole: Provides 15 points in Thursday blowout loss

    Cole provided 15 points (5-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists and five rebounds over 27 minutes in Thursday's 121-95 loss to the Thunder. Save for a two-point clunker versus the Lakers on Feb. 4, the 27-year-old has proven to be a serviceable replacement for Tyreke Evans at point guard. Cole played reasonably well against Russell Westbrook, and upped his aggressiveness on offense in light of the matchup. The four-year veteran's shot attempts were back in the teens after back-to-back games under that figure, and the four visits to the charity stripe equaled a season high. Cole heads into the All-Star break with 11 double-digit scoring outings in his last 12 games, and solid averages of 14.3 points, 5.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals over 29.0 minutes in seven February contests.

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    Pelicans' Norris Cole: Scores career-high 26 points in homecoming game

    Cole supplied a career-high 26 points (10-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 34 minutes in Saturday's 99-84 loss to the Cavaliers. Though his team was soundly defeated, Cole had a happy homecoming in his return to Cleveland, where he spent his college days as a member of Cleveland State. Cole has been one of the top beneficiaries of Tyreke Evans' extended absence due to right knee tendinitis, and while he should regularly clear 30 minutes, he's occasionally prone to some inconsistent shooting nights. Look no further than his 1-for-10 mark from the field in the Pelicans' previous game Thursday against the Lakers as evidence of Cole's sometimes shoddy marksmanship.

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    Pelicans' Norris Cole: Matches career-high with 23 points Monday

    Cole contributed 23 points (9-15 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 38 minutes during the Pelicans' 110-95 loss versus the Grizzlies on Monday. Cole started once again while Tyreke Evans (knee) sat out yet another game. Cole has scored in double figures during six straight contests, with very serviceable overall numbers during that timespan. As long as Evans remains out, Cole is likely to see heavy minutes, but it's unclear what his role will be once Evans does return.

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    Pelicans' Norris Cole: Double-doubles in Thursday start

    Cole registered 17 points (8-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 10 assists, seven rebounds and a steal over 38 minutes in Thursday's 114-105 victory over the Kings. With Tyreke Evans (knee) sitting out, Cole took full advantage of his extended playing time. Up against Rajon Rondo's questionable defense, the 27-year-old equaled his second-best scoring tally of the season while dishing out a season-high 10 dimes. With Evans either set to miss or play limited minutes in the Pelicans' next tilt on Saturday versus the Nets, Cole looks to be in for another solid allotment of playing time that will keep him as a very appealing short-term fantasy option in all formats.

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    Pelicans' Norris Cole: Scores 10 points to go with four boards in loss

    Cole tallied 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, and four assists across 35 minutes in Monday's 112-111 loss to the Rockets. In his three games since replacing Eric Gordon (finger) in the starting lineup, Cole is averaging 11 points, five rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.7 three-pointers while shooting 40.6 percent from the field across 31 minutes. The playing time figures to remain plentiful for Cole, especially after Tyreke Evans (knee) exited Monday's game with an injury that could cost him further time, but Cole's ceiling remains rather limited due to his lack of efficiency, which often prevents him from posting huge scoring totals. His season-high scoring mark sits at a mere 18 points.

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    Pelicans' Norris Cole: Will start Thursday

    Cole will move into the starting lineup Thursday against Detroit, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. In the wake of Eric Gordon's finger injury, there had been some indication that Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans would be the Pelicans' starting backcourt tandem. However, Cole will draw into the lineup Thursday in place of Holiday. He'll be going against a Detroit team that is middle of the pack in terms of limiting opposing point guards, giving up an average of 40.0 fantasy points per game.

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    Pelicans' Norris Cole: Scores 10 points in Monday's start

    Cole contributed 10 points (5-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt), four assists, two steals, and one rebound in 30 minutes during the Pelicans' 101-99 loss to the Grizzlies on Monday. Cole drew the start with Tyreke Evans sitting out with knee soreness and Jrue Holiday remaining in his off-the-bench role. Cole turned the ball over four times, and had more shot attempts than points. Over the last five games, he is averaging 9.4 points (41.5 FG, 27.3 3Pt), three assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, and 0.4 blocks in 24 minutes per contest. If Evans' injury proves problematic long-term, Cole could have decent value in deep leagues since he and Holiday play plenty of minutes together with the latter covering the bigger guard. Still, Cole is known primarily for being a solid defender, and is unlikely to be much of a factor in fantasy.

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    Pelicans' Norris Cole: Expected to start

    Cole is expected to start in place of Tyreke Evans (knee) on Monday against Memphis, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Evans will be held out Monday due to soreness in his right knee, so both Cole and Jrue Holiday project to see expanded roles. Cole has been up-and-down of late, scoring 18 points on Wednesday in Sacramento, then following up with just two points in Friday's win over Charlotte. Considering he may end up competing with Holiday for minutes Monday, he's a relatively risky daily option.

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    Pelicans' Norris Cole: Scores season-high 18 points in win

    Cole tallied 18 points (8-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt), two assists, and two rebounds across 26 minutes in Wednesday's 109-97 win over the Kings. Cole was able to take advantage of Tyreke Evans' premature exit due to right knee tendinitis, and the increased minutes coupled with some hot shooting aided him to a season-high scoring mark. If Evans' injury prevents him from suiting up in Friday's game against the Hornets, Cole could be a candidate to enter the starting five and would likely be in line for another 25-to-30 minute workload.

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    Pelicans' Norris Cole: Pulls down career-high 12 boards in start

    Cole scored 16 points (7-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go with a career-high 12 boards, four assists, and four steals across 38 minutes in Saturday's 105-98 win over the Mavericks. Cole drew the start at point guard in place of the injured Tyreke Evans (knee) and delivered a scintillating performance in what was just the second double-double of his career. Thus far, it's been reported that Evans is just experiencing some tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right knee, but there's a chance it could still keep him out for some additional games, which may make Cole an interesting speculative pickup.

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