Asik (calf) is officially listed as questionable for Friday's game against Atlanta but the Pelicans also listed him as their projected starting center, John Reid of the Times-Picayune reports.

Even though there's a chance Asik still won't play Friday, the fact that he's listed as a potential starter suggests his right calf strain is subsiding after sitting out Tuesday against the Magic with the ailment. Fellow center Alexis Ajinca started in place of Asik on Tuesday and Ajinca is the clear favorite to once again start if Asik is ultimately deemed unfit, assuming coach Alvin Gentry doesn't shift Anthony Davis down to the five slot.

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