Two key Pelicans are getting closer to the court, but there's no guarantee they'll be ready to play in Saturday's home opener against Golden State.
Center Omer Asik and forward Luke Babbitt, who have yet to play through two games, will be evaluated after they warm up on Saturday and could see minutes against the Warriors, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Friday.
Babbitt, a reserve who has a strained left hamstring, hasn't played since an Oct. 12 preseason game at Chicago.
"He'll have to warm up and see how he feels and see if there's any kind of tightness there," Gentry said. "If it is, we won't risk it and if it's not, then maybe he'll be able to play tomorrow night. We don't know that for sure yet."
Asik, the Pelicans' projected starting center, has a strained right calf. He hasn't played since the preseason opener at Indiana on Oct. 3. His status is the same as Babbitt's, Gentry said.
"I think it's just kind of a (situation where) we'll let him work and see," Gentry said. "We anticipate him maybe being able to play a little bit, but that's not a definite by any stretch of them imagination."