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Pelicans' Larry Nance: Late scratch Wednesday
Nance is out for Wednesday's game versus the 76ers due to a non-COVID illness.
Nance was a late addition to New Orleans' injury report and will be held out of Wednesday's contest. Cody Zeller, Naji Marshall and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl are candidates to receive extended minutes in his absence. Nance's next chance to suit up is Friday's matchup with the Spurs.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' CJ McCollum: Upgraded to probable Wednesday
McCollum (lung) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.
Earlier Wednesday, McCollum announced his intentions to return from a 12-game absence, so the Pelicans' decision to upgrade him from questionable to probable doesn't come as a major surprise. According to Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, McCollum will play again Friday versus the Spurs if all goes well Wednesday, though he won't be available for Saturday's game in Chicago since he's still facing some restrictions with air travel while he works his way back from a small pneumothorax in his right lung. However, McCollum does plan to make the trip to Sacramento to play against the Kings on Dec. 4.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' CJ McCollum: Plans to play Wednesday
McCollum (lung) announced on his podcast, "The CJ McCollum Show," that he intends to play Wednesday against the 76ers, Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
The Pelicans officially list McCollum as questionable for Wednesday's game, but based on his own comments, the 32-year-old is likely closer to "probable" as the 8 p.m. ET tipoff approaches. McCollum is scheduled to take part in the Pelicans' morning shootaround, and if all goes well, the team could confirm shortly thereafter that he's been cleared to return from a 12-game absence due to a cracked rib and collapsed right lung. McCollum will most likely reclaim his role as the Pelicans' starting point guard if he's cleared to play Wednesday, though he could be on a soft minutes restriction.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Matt Ryan: Doubtful for Wednesday
Ryan (calf) has been upgraded to doubtful for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia.
Ryan has missed the Pelicans' past five games due to a mild right calf strain. He was given a 10-to-14-day recovery timeline after being diagnosed with the injury Nov. 20, and he appears to be firmly in line to return at some point during that window. While Ryan is unlikely to be available Wednesday, he could have a better chance at returning to action Friday versus the Spurs. With Trey Murphy (knee) also trending toward a potential return to action Friday, however, the Pelicans may not have room for Ryan in their rotation.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Trey Murphy: Upgraded to doubtful
Murphy (knee) has been upgraded to doubtful for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia.
Though Murphy is unlikely to play Wednesday, he appears to be closing in on making his season debut now that he's been listed as anything other than "out" on the NBA's official injury report. The 23-year-old underwent a partial meniscectomy and received a biologic injection in his left knee in early September, with the procedure carrying a projected recovery timeline of 10-to-12 weeks. Thursday will mark the 12-week point in his recovery, and if he's able to practice in some fashion that day, he could be cleared to make his debut Friday against the Spurs.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' CJ McCollum: Could make return Wednesday
McCollum (lung) will participate in shootaround Wednesday and could be cleared to make his return to the Pelicans lineup later that night in Philadelphia, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports. He's officially listed as questionable.
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Pelicans' Jordan Hawkins: Posts 13 points from bench
Hawkins totaled 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt) and five rebounds in 25 minutes during Monday's 114-112 loss to the Jazz.
Hawkins went back to the bench to make room for Zion Williamson, but with Hawkins putting up 25 points in Saturday's start, the team may be missing out on a valuable opportunity. Dyson Daniels isn't getting it done at the point, and although Hawkins played off-guard in college, the team would do well to give the first-round pick a crack at point guard before CJ McCollum (chest) returns. An eventual lineup of McCollum, Hawkins, Ingram and Williamson could be the future setup, so consider stashing Hawkins on your bench if he's available.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Naji Marshall: Sniffs double-double from bench
Marshall racked up 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and three steals over 28 minutes during Monday's 114-112 loss to the Jazz.
The box score fails to tell the full story behind Marshall's solid total. Although he initially took the floor to spell Zion Williamson, the Pelicans utilized a hybrid lineup without Herbert Jones until the fourth quarter, when Marshall and Jones shared the court. The variable in this scenario appears to be Dyson Daniels, who has failed to be the answer for CJ McCollum (chest), and the gap in production is one reason for the rotation changes.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Logs team-high 26 points in return
Williamson ended Monday's 114-112 loss to the Jazz with 26 points (9-16 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 7-9 FT), four rebounds, seven assists and one steal across 34 minutes.
The Pelicans dropped the first of a two-game set versus Utah with Williamson out for rest purposes, and although the Pelicans came closer to a win in Monday's rematch, they still fell short. The team has cemented a pattern where Williamson sits during one game of back-to-back sets, and he's taken a seat for the second half of the set in each instance thus far. Fantasy managers need to be aware of this pattern if they depend on Williamson for consistent production.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Jordan Hawkins: Not starting Monday
Hawkins is not in the starting lineup to face the Jazz on Monday, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Nothing surprising here, as Hawkins will move back to the bench so Zion Williamson can start at his regular power forward spot. Hawkins is averaging 11.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game off the bench this season.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' CJ McCollum: Aiming to return this week
McCollum (chest) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Jazz, but he's planning to suit up either Wednesday versus Philadelphia or Friday versus San Antonio, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
McCollum is set to miss a 12th straight game Monday due to a small pneumothorax in his right lung, but he returned to full practices last week and is expected to suit up during the Pelicans' upcoming two-game homestand. New Orleans ends the week with a Friday/Saturday back-to-back, so even if McCollum is cleared to suit up, it's unlikely he'll play more than two games this week. The star shooting guard will presumably be on a minutes restriction for his first few games back in action.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Trey Murphy: Not yet ready to make debut
Murphy (knee) will not play Monday at Utah, Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
The Pelicans have not provided much information on the status of Murphy, who has yet to play this season after undergoing surgery on his left knee back in early September. Earlier this month, Murphy was spotted shooting around at practice without noticeable limitations, but the Pelicans appear to be taking caution with his return-to-play plan. Murphy was initially given a 10-to-12-week recovery timetable following surgery, which would imply that he could be ready to return at some point in the next week or two. His next chance to make his season debut debut will arrive Wednesday against the 76ers, though he doesn't appear especially likely to be available for that contest.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' CJ McCollum: Still out
McCollum (chest) won't play in Monday's game against the Jazz.
McCollum is set to miss his 12th consecutive game due to a small pneumothorax in his right lung. The 11th-year pro returned to practice Tuesday with full participation, so a return to game action seems to be coming in the near future. McCollum's next opportunity to suit up will come Wednesday against Philadelphia.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Good to go Monday
Williamson (rest) is off the injury report ahead of Monday's game against the Jazz.
Williamson sat out of the team's last game, which was the second game of a back-to-back, for rest purposes, but he will be available for Monday's game in Utah. Williamson has posted four straight 25-plus-point performances and sports averages of 27.3 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 33.0 minutes per game over that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Jordan Hawkins: Goes off for 25 points Saturday
Hawkins chipped in 25 points (8-17 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal across 40 minutes during Saturday's 105-100 loss to the Jazz.
During the second night of a back-to-back set, Hawkins moved into the starting lineup with Zion Williamson resting. The move obviously did wonders for Hawkins' confidence, as he scored 25 points, the most he has delivered in almost two weeks. Although his contributions have scaled back a little, he remains a must-roster player in most formats as long as points and threes are high on your list of priorities.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Dyson Daniels: Tallies six steals in loss
Daniels totaled six points (3-14 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, five assists, one block and six steals over 34 minutes during Saturday's 105-100 loss to the Jazz.
Daniels was a beast on the defensive end despite the loss, racking up a career-high six steals to go with one block. Unfortunately, he shot just 3-for-14 from the field, somewhat negating his defensive masterclass. Nonetheless, he remains a must-roster player across most formats, at least until CJ McCollum (chest) returns from his injury.... See More ... See Less
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