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The Pelicans continue to struggle with injuries and they were forced to go without starting point guard Tyreke Evans on Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers because of his sprained left ankle. Evans aggravated his left ankle during Friday's loss to Golden State that caused him to leave the game in the third quarter after playing only 18 minutes. Evans initially sprained his left ankle in Thursday night's loss game to the Phoenix Suns. Two weeks ago, Evans sprained his left ankle against the Milwaukee Bucks and was forced to miss the Pelicans' March 10 game against the Brooklyn Nets. New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 20, 2015 Updates

Marc J. Spears: Pelicans will be without Anthony Davis (ankle) versus Warriors tonight while Tyreke Evans (ankle) is a game-time decision. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

New Orleans Pelican star Anthony Davis rolled his left ankle during the team's shootaround and had to sit out the game against the Phoenix Suns later Thursday night. The injury comes with the Pelicans in a tight battle for the No. 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference. USA Today Sports

March 19, 2015 Updates

''I have matured more,'' Gordon said. ''But I would say a lot of people doubted me because you know they thought I didn't want to be here. I'm here to do what's best for the team as always. It has been a different road, but the support system is a lot better. I just believe when you think about winning, people do things and think positive. I just tried to get healthy, do the things that I can do to help this team.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 18, 2015 Updates

Last season, Gordon was relatively unscathed until the final month of the season, even leading the Pelicans in minutes played for a good stretch of the year, when knee issues cost him the last 18 games of the season. And it could have been more of the same this year were it not for Gordon's resolve to rehabilitate a painful torn labrum in his left shoulder instead of undergoing surgery that essentially would have terminated his season after only a dozen games. "He just doesn't get enough credit for that," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "He could have had the surgery months ago when it happened and gotten himself ready for next year, which would be a contract year for him. Most guys would have opted for that. "His decision to hold off on that and help our team, I think, has been one of the unsung acts of this year, him not having that surgery. Who knows where we'd be if we didn't have Eric. And who knows where we would have been had he been healthy those 20 (actually 21) games." New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 16, 2015 Updates

Davis is also eligible for the "fifth year 30 percent max criteria," which allows eligible players on rookie deals to get a four-year extension and make up to 30 percent of their team's cap if they reach certain criteria. In Davis' case, he could reach the criteria if he is voted in as an All-Star starter for a second time in 2015. Davis was voted in as an All-Star starter this year, though he was injured and could not play in the game. Davis' representatives have not yet decided how to proceed with the Pelicans, two sources said over the weekend. NBA.com

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For example, why is New Orleans guard Eric Gordon, who entered this season as a career 36.8 percent three-point shooter, connecting on a sizzling 46.1 percent of his attempts this season, the second-best rate in the NBA? According to Pelicans assistant coach Fred Vinson, a former NBA guard who works extensively with the team’s backcourt players, it’s almost entirely been a matter of Gordon’s improved health. Gordon has battled injuries since coming to New Orleans in 2011, most often related to his right knee, causing him to miss 100-plus games over four seasons. He’s rarely entered a Pelicans training camp at 100 percent. The fall of 2014 was finally different, however, with the seven-year NBA veteran able to go through training camp and preseason without any limitations. NBA.com

 

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