New Orleans Pelicans starting point guard Jrue Holiday will miss three more weeks with a lower right leg injury, the team announced Wednesday.
Holiday has been out since Jan. 14 with what the team said was a stress reaction in the leg. The Pelicans said then that he would miss two to four weeks.
The injury appears similar to that of last year, when he missed 48 games with a stress fracture in the same area of the leg. Coach Monty Williams said, however, that he doesn’t think the injury is the same.
“He was rehabbing, doing some stuff on the floor, trying his best to get back on the (court) with us,” Williams said. “So, he was doing some light stuff and felt some pain after a move or something like that.
“It’s a setback for him and for us. I just feel bad for Jrue because he was aiming for this Friday, this weekend to get back on the floor. … Unfortunately in the process of rehabbing, he had a setback. And, it’s just something we have to deal with.”
Holiday already had missed 16 games with the stress reaction. He has said he doesn’t remember a particular game in which the injury occurred. Williams said it appears to be more related to wear and tear. However, he played just 15:54 at Boston on Jan. 12, and hasn’t played since.
Holiday is the team’s best on-the-ball defender, and that was expected to be a key element in the team’s push to make the playoffs during the final 29 games. New Orleans currently is in the 10th spot, with eight teams making the Western Conference playoffs.
Additionally, power forward Anthony Davis, who sat out the All-Star Game with a sprained right shoulder, returned to practice, which was noncontact, and said he expects to return Friday at the Orlando Magic.
Power forward Ryan Anderson, the team’s key player off the bench with his 3-point shooting, said he will try to come back from his sprained right elbow. He also practiced Wednesday.
Both missed the past two games, at home against Utah and Indiana, both losses.
Both were injured the previous game, at home against Chicago. Davis fell hard during the second quarter after dunking on a fast break. Anderson said he got tangled with Bulls forward Taj Gibson, felt pain while driving home that night and noticed the next morning that it had gotten worse.