Moore is expected to start at shooting guard in next Wednesday's season opener against the Grizzlies, Will Guillory of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. This doesn't come as much of a surprise, seeing as though Moore was named the starter for preseason as soon as Rajon Rondo (sports hernia) was ruled out for 4-to-6 weeks. Coach Alvin Gentry did say that Ian Clark was also an option, but all signs are pointing to Moore starting alongside point guard Jrue Holiday on opening night. In his lone start this preseason, Moore posted nine points, nine rebounds, two assists and six turnovers across 36 minutes.
Moore will start at shooting guard in Sunday's preseason game against the Bulls. With Rajon Rondo (sports hernia) out for Sunday's exhibition, E'Twaun Moore will get the start in the backcourt alongside point guard Jrue Holiday. Moore is coming off a poor performance Friday against the Thunder, posting just one point and four assists in 16 minutes, but with Sunday's start, he could potentially see additional minutes and have an opportunity for a bounce-back performance.
Moore finished with 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 3Pt), one assist, one rebound and one steal across 21 minutes during Tuesday's 113-109 loss to the Bulls. Moore was aggressive in finding his shot Tuesday, though coughed up the ball five times, dampening his fantasy impact. Capable of playing two, maybe three positions, Moore may function as the team's first option off the bench this season. Additional preseason games will likely help clear things up.
Moore (ankle) will play in Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers, Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com reports. Moore was given a probable designation earlier Wednesday, so he was already fully expected to be cleared against the Trail Blazers. It remains to be seen what kind of role he'll have, but the Pelicans could opt to limit his minutes with Wednesday's game essentially meaningless. If Moore doesn't move into the starting lineup, look for Tim Frazier and Jrue Holiday to work as the team's backcourt duo.
Moore (ankle) is listed as probable for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Trail Blazers. Moore was held out of Saturday's matchup with the Warriors because of a sprained left ankle, but the added time off has allowed him to make a full recovery and he's expected to take the court Wednesday. It remains to be seen if he'll reclaim a spot in the starting lineup next to Jrue Holiday or if Tim Frazier will stick there, so look for further clarification on that front as tip off nears.
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