It might not happen tonight, but it's going to happen soon.
Whether or not his strained left hamstring lets him play in tonight's home opener against the Golden State Warriors, Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt is confident he'll be back on the court before long.
"I'm feeling like I'm pretty close," Babbitt said after this morning's shootaround. "It's just a matter of time. I'm not trying to rush it, though."
Babbitt says "most of the sharp pain is gone" from the hamstring he strained in an Oct. 12 preseason game in Chicago. Mostly he's dealing with tightness and soreness, though even that has been "feeling better the last couple days," he said.
"It feels pretty good today," Babbitt said. "The one thing you never really know is when you open it up into a full sprint. That's the one thing that kind of bothers hamstrings the most is when you're really going 100 percent."
Babbitt, a reserve forward who averaged 10 points and 3.3 rebounds in three preseason games, will go through pregame warmpus and then determine if he can play against the Warriors. And though he admits frustration with sitting out through the Pelicans' 0-2 start, he won't force the issue.
"It's still early in the season, so you got to keep it in perspective," Babbitt said. "You don't want to do something to cause you to miss a large portion of the season. If it's just a couple games, that's better than half a season."
Starting center Omer Asik, like Babbitt, is listed as questionable for tonight's game. Asik, who has a strained right calf, declined to speak to reporters after shootaround this morning.