Randle (rest) will not play Tuesday against the Warriors, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Randle has played his final game of the season -- his first with the Pelicans. He set a career high in scoring, averaging 21.4 points per game, doing so on 52.4 percent shooting. He also chipped in 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists across 30.6 minutes.
Randle will only play in an emergency situation in Sunday's game against the Kings, Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports New Orleans reports. This will essentially be a night off to rest for Randle, who has taken on huge workloads in the second half of the season. Christian Wood will get the start at power forward in Randle's likely absence Sunday.
Randle managed 31 points (13-24 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-11 FT), 14 rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes in the Pelicans' 133-126 overtime loss to the Suns on Friday. Randle was the leading scorer for the Pels in the high-scoring affair, as he enjoyed extra responsibility on the offensive end with Anthony Davis (back) sitting out the contest. Randle has been stellar all season while shuttling between the first unit and bench, and he's now scored over 30 points in three of his past four games on the strength of 55.3 percent shooting.
Randle finished with 34 points (12-19 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 115-109 loss to the Hornets. Randle played through his finger injury Wednesday, scoring a game-high 34 points to go with 11 rebounds and a full line. The Pelicans are well and truly done for the season but Randle continues to put up big numbers on a nightly basis. His playing time has been a little up and down over the past couple of weeks, however, that is to be expected given their desire to lose as many games as possible. As long as he is healthy, it appears as though he should remain on the court and could be a major factor down the stretch in those leagues that are still active.
Randle played 23 minutes in Sunday's 130-102 loss to the Lakers before exiting in the second half with an injury to his left index finger, the Associated Press reports. He finished with 17 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one steal. The Pelicans relayed that X-rays conducted after the game returned negative, so Randle is likely just dealing with a sprain or soreness rather than any structural damage to the finger. Considering the Lakers' large margin of victory, Randle probably wouldn't have played many more minutes than he received even if the injury hadn't cut his night short. With New Orleans off the schedule until Wednesday against the Hornets, Randle has a fair chance at being available, though it's possible the lottery-bound Pelicans hold him out as a precaution.
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