New Orleans Pelicans point guard Brian Roberts has a bone bruise in his left knee, and his availability for Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers will be a game-time decision, the team said.
Roberts' injured his left knee at 5:23 of the fourth quarter during the Pelicans' 109-104 overtime win against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at Smoothie King Center.
He did not participate in the Pelicans' shoot-around practice Wednesday morning and walked off the court with a limp when it ended.
“He kind of hyper-extended it (against Brooklyn),” Pelicans media relations director Matt Ryan said. “Right now, he's questionable. So, we'll see how he feels before the game tonight.”
Roberts is on pace to win the NBA's free-throw shooting percentage title. He is shooting 94.9 percent (111-of-117), but needs 125 made free throws to qualify. With the team having 12 games remaining, Roberts needs to make 1.67 free throws per game.
He was driving to the basket when he was fouled by Brooklyn power forward Mirza Teletovic and crumbled to the floor, clutching the knee. Roberts laid on the court for several minutes. After a timeout, he sank both free throws, his 29th and 30th in a row, trimming New Orleans' deficit to 89-87.
He began receiving treatment from Pelicans head trainer Jon Ishop immediately after Monday's game and did not practice Tuesday.
Roberts has not missed a game this season because of injury. He has sat out six games this season due to Coach Monty Williams' decision.
Roberts has played in every game since Dec. 23, and became the starting point guard on Jan. 10 after Jrue Holiday experienced a stress fracture in his right tibia that sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Roberts is averaging 9.5 points per game. Since Jan. 20, he has scored in double figures in 22 of 31 games, including nine of his past 11.