Diallo scored 10 points (3-8 FG, 4-4 FT) to go with 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 15 minutes during Saturday's 118-107 loss to Minnesota.
After only playing more than 10 minutes in five games this season, Diallo has now played at least 15 minutes in back-to-back games for the Pelicans. On Saturday, the forward collected his first double-double of the season. In fact, it was the first time that Diallo surpassed double-digits in either points or rebounds all season long. However, he has not played more than five games in a row without being declared inactive for at least a game. At this point, Diallo is not a consistent part of the rotation for New Orleans.
Diallo had three points (1-1 FG, 1-2 FT) and three rebounds in seven minutes during Wednesday's 105-102 loss to the Grizzlies.
Diallo made his 21st appearance of the season, in part due to the absence of Anthony Davis (ankle). Nevertheless, Davis is expected to rejoin the lineup for Friday's game against the Trail Blazers. Regardless of whether Davis does indeed suit up on Friday, Diallo shouldn't be expected to contribute much, as he has seen double-digit minutes on just five occasions in 2017-18.
Diallo could be in position for an increased role early in the season.
With both Alexis Ajinca (knee) and Omer Asik (illness) currently on the shelf, the Pelicans are rather starved for frontcourt depth behind their two-headed monster of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. While veteran Dante Cunningham will no doubt factor into the mix, Diallo is more of a "true" center and should pick up minutes behind Davis and Cousins, in addition to being perhaps the top replacement should one or both get into foul trouble. As a rookie, Diallo appeared in only 17 games, averaging 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He was impressive when given a chance late in the season, however, averaging 12.7 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.0 block in 27.4 minutes per game over the Pelicans' final three contests.
Diallo (ankle) isn't listed on the injury report for Friday's preseason finale against the Grizzlies.
Diallo has been dealing with a left ankle sprain and has missed the last few exhibitions. However, he was able to go through practice earlier this week and doesn't appear to be dealing with any lingering soreness following the increase in activity, so he's been given the green light to take the floor. Diallo is expected to open the season as the team's backup power forward.
Diallo (ankle) was able to practice Tuesday, Will Guillory of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Diallo missed the Pelicans' last two preseason games with a left ankle sprain. Since the 21-year-old is behind the powerhouse duo of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, Diallo won't likely see anything more than reserve minutes during the regular season.
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