New Orleans Pelicans small forward Tyreke Evans and guard Eric Gordon were ill and missed the team's game Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies at Smoothie King Center, the team said.
The announcement was made at approximately 6:15 p.m. For the game, which began at 7, and 45 minutes after Coach Monty Williams met with the media for his pregame interview.
Both players were at the Pelicans shoot-around practice Wednesday morning.
While being interviewed on Tuesday concerning teammate Ryan Anderson's road back from two herniated disc, Gordon, who was injured the past two seasons, said he was happy to have only missed three games this season, with a strained right hip.
“Right now, the only thing that I want to improve on is my consistency,” he said.
After being a key player off for most of the season, Evans was inserted into the starting lineup on Feb. 28 in a road game against the Phoenix Suns and has been a starter since. In the six games, he has averaged 22.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists. New Orleans had won its past three games, the past two at home. He is averaging 13.1 points, 46 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season. He has missed five games due to ankle sprains.
Gordon has played in 60 games this season, his most since playing in 62 during the 2009-10 season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He is averaging 15.6 points, third on the team but second among active players.
He played in just nine games in the 2011-12 season, during which he had knee surgery. Last season, he missed 40 games while rehabilitating the knee.
The Pelicans were already depleted by injuries to three key players – Anderson, point guard Jrue Holiday and center Jason Smith. Holiday and Smith have been ruled out for the season, and Anderson has not played since Jan. 3.