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Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic: Ruled out Monday
Mirotic (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Raptors.
Despite going through shootaround Monday morning, Mirotic is set to miss a second straight game as he continues to deal with a sprained right ankle. Look for Julius Randle to benefit with the forward out, while Mirotic's next chance to play will come Wednesday against the Timberwolves.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic: Will be game-time call
Mirotic (ankle) will be a game-time call for Monday's game against the Raptors, Daniel Sallerson of NOLA.com reports.
Mirotic missed Saturday's game with a sprained right ankle, but he was able to go through shootaround Monday morning. At the time, he looked to be more probable than questionable, but the Pelicans will now wait until just before game-time to make a final call on his status. If Mirotic is ultimately held out, Julius Randle would stand to gain most, from a fantasy perspective.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Elfrid Payton: Out again Monday
Payton was ruled out for Monday's game against the Raptors, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
Payton will miss his eighth straight game with a right ankle sprain. The absence is in line with what was expected, as coach Alvin Gentry indicated that Payton would likely rest despite Payton being officially listed as questionable. The fact that there was a possibility that Payton would play indicates that he has made some progress, although the exact date for his return is still unknown. Payton's next chance at returning will come on Wednesday against the Timberwolves.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic: Probable to play Monday
Mirotic (ankle) is probable for Monday's game against Toronto, Pelicans studio host Daniel Sallerson reports.
Mirotic was held out of Saturday's blowout win over Phoenix with a sprained right ankle, but coach Alvin Gentry downplayed the issue at shootaround Monday. The expectation is that Mirotic will return to the starting lineup, though Gentry noted that a final call won't be made until closer to game-time.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Elfrid Payton: Likely out again Monday
Payton (ankle) is unlikely to play Monday against Toronto, Pelicans studio host Daniel Sallerson reports.
Speaking after shootaround, coach Alvin Gentry said Payton is officially listed as questionable, but the point guard is leaning toward sitting out again Monday, which would mark his eighth consecutive absence. Assuming that is, ultimately, the case, Payton's next chance to play would come Wednesday in Minnesota before the Pels host New York and Denver on a Friday/Saturday back-to-back.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic: Questionable for Monday
Mirotic (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Raptors.
Mirotic missed the Pelicans' last game with a sprained right ankle. He's having a strong season thus far, averaging 20.6 points and 11.7 rebounds over 31.4 minutes per game. Julius Randle started in place of Mirotic, and would likely draw another start if he were to miss another game.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Elfrid Payton: Questionable for Monday
Payton (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest at Toronto.
Payton has missed the last seven games because of a lingering right ankle sprain but is officially listed as questionable for Monday's date against the Raptors. If Payton remains out, Jrue Holiday will likely run the point guard duties once again.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Julius Randle: Double-double in win over Suns
Randle scored 22 points (9-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 38 minutes during Saturday's 119-99 win over the Suns.
While all eyes were on the marquee matchup at center between Anthony Davis and 2018 first overall pick Deandre Ayton, Randle went about his business and out-rebounded both of them to grab his third double-double of the season, as well as his fifth game with 20-plus points. Nikola Mirotic (ankle) isn't expected to miss much action, and Randle will get bumped back to the bench when he returns, but the 23-year-old's had plenty of success so far as the Pelicans' sixth man.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Anthony Davis: Big double-double in win over Suns
Davis scored a game-high 26 points (7-18 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 12-12 FT) while adding 13 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal in 36 minutes during Saturday's 119-99 win over the Suns.
Matched up against 2018 first overall pick Deandre Ayton, Davis emerged the winner both in the standings and on the scoresheet while recording his second straight double-double and seventh in nine games, although the rookie certainly held his own. Davis appears fully recovered from his elbow injury, and while his 24.5 points per game so far is still very good, it shouldn't be long before he's back among the NBA's scoring leaders.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Julius Randle: Starting Saturday vs. Suns
Randle will start at power forward Saturday against the Suns, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Randle will start with Nikola Mirotic (ankle) out. When seeing at least 24 minutes this season, Randle is averaging 19.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic: Out Saturday vs. Suns
Mirotic (ankle) is out Saturday against the Suns, Sean Kelley of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Mirotic picked up a sprained right ankle during Wednesday's game against the Bulls. He was previously listed as questionable, but is ultimately in too much pain to play. Julius Randle and Wesley Johnson are likely to see increased run in Mirotic's place.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Elfrid Payton: Out Saturday vs. Suns
Payton (ankle) is out Saturday against the Suns, Sean Kelley of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Payton was previously listed as questionable, but he'll ultimately end up missing his seventh straight contest. Payton's next chance to play arrives Monday against the Raptors.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic: Questionable Saturday
Mirotic is questionable for Saturday's game against the Suns due to a sprained right ankle, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Mirotic seems to have picked up the injury during Wednesday's game against the Bulls when he went 4-of-14 from the field for nine points in 30 minutes. An update on his status may arrive following Saturday's morning shootaround. If he's unable to play, Julius Randle and Wesley Johnson could see more run.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Elfrid Payton: Will be game-time call Saturday
Payton (ankle) will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Suns, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
A sprained right ankle has kept Payton out over the past six contests. More word on his availability for Saturday may arrive following morning shootaround, but it sounds as if a final decision won't be made until close to tipoff. Prior to his injury, Payton was averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal across 32.0 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic: Struggles from the field Wednesday
Mirotic had nine points (4-14 FG, 1-8 3Pt), 15 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 107-98 victory over the Bulls.
Mirotic struggled to get anything going on the offensive end Wednesday, able to contribute just nine points in the tough victory. Despite the poor shooting, Mirotic has now recorded double-digit rebounds in six consecutive games, however, some of these have been without Anthony Davis on the floor. Mirotic finds himself in the most stable role of his career and looks set to reward the trust afforded by the coaching staff by putting up some career-best numbers across the board.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Jrue Holiday: One assist shy of triple-double
Holiday totaled 17 points (6-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and two blocks in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 107-98 victory over Chicago.
Much like Anthony Davis, Holiday was able to contribute everywhere Wednesday, coming within a single assist of recording his first triple-double for the season. The Pelicans made hard work of it but were eventually able to overpower the Bulls to record a much-needed victory. Their recent form slump certainly had nothing to do with the play of Holiday, who has been magnificent over the past two weeks. It appears as though last season's elevated numbers were no fluke and he should remain a top 25 player moving forward.... See More ... See Less