New Orleans guard/forward Tyreke Evans confirmed that he has torn cartilage in his right ribs and said he could miss additional time allowing it to heal.
However, he said he would try to play in Friday night's game, nationally televised by ESPN, against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Smoothie King Center. It appears unlikely.
Evans put himself through a test during Friday morning's shoot-around, he said.
“I can move up and down (the court) and side to side,” said Evans, who sat out Wednesday's home win against Atlanta. “It's just that when I get into my mix and cross (dribble moves), I feel it popping and out of place.
“We're going to see. It'll be a game-time decision. I went through everything (during shoot-around) except contact. We'll see how it feels tonight.”
Evans played 5 minutes, 13 seconds in Monday's home game against the San Antonio Spurs. When the quarter ended, he stood on the court near the Pelicans' bench, bending over and grimacing in pain. He did not re-enter the game.
However, he said the injury did not occur in that game, but in the one before, against Chicago on Feb. 1, when he was elbowed by Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer.
“I told (Pelicans trainer Jon Ishop) that it wasn't that bad,” Evans said. “We played San Antonio, and I did an in-and-out (dribble move) and passed to (Al-Farouq Aminu) in the corner, and I felt something pop out. From right there, I knew something was wrong.”
During warmups for the second half, Coach Monty Williams said, Evans could not raise his arms above his head. Evans can shoot now, he said. However, he would have to have the ribs wrapped with a bandage to play. It was wrapped at shoot-around.
“It's a pain tolerance (issue) when I make the movements, that hitch, when I stop when I'm going to the basket or making my hard cuts,” he said. “Maybe if it doesn't get better I'll take time off to let it heal and just rest. But I'm going to try to go tonight and see how it feels because I want to help my teammates.”