New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday will miss two to four weeks with what the team said Wednesday is a stress reaction in his right lower leg.
Holiday had missed the past four games with what the Pelicans said was “right ankle inflammation.” Additional tests by team doctors Tuesday revealed the stress reaction, the Pelicans said in a release two hours and 15 minutes before the team’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Smoothie King Center.
“He was listed as day-to-day, but it never got better to where we could put him back on the floor,” coach Monty Williams said 1½ hours before the game. “It’s unfortunate for Jrue, because he was playing well. He’s a big part of our team and another obstacle that we have to and will overcome.”
Holiday said after Wednesday morning’s shoot-around that the injury was to his ankle.
“It’s pretty much pain to where I can’t play,” said Holiday, 25, who is in his sixth season. “Obviously, there’s going to be nicks and knacks during the season that you can play through, but the ankle is something a little different.”
The injury is similar to one he experienced last season, a stress fracture in his right tibia, which is the lower leg, and he missed 48 games. The injury he has been diagnosed with, a stress reaction, precedes a fracture.
Holiday last appeared in a game on Jan. 12 against the Boston Celtics, in which he played 15 minutes, 54 seconds. Through 37 games, he was averaging 15.2 points, 7.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds. He also has 23 blocked shots, first among point guards.
Tyreke Evans has started in Holiday’s place the past four games. Evans began the season at small forward and shifted to shooting guard after Eric Gordon’s left labrum was torn during a game at Utah on Nov. 22. Gordon missed 21 games, returning Jan. 5 against Washington at home.
“It’s a lot on Tyreke,” Williams said. “He’s had to learn three positions, both guard spots. I’ve put a lot on his shoulders, and he’s handled it well.
“We’re going to need him and Eric to play at a high level at the guard positions. Some of our guys on the bench are going to get more opportunities.”