The New Orleans Pelicans may need the extra help.
In wake of recent injuries to Jameer Nelson's left ankle, Tony Allen's left knee and Anthony Davis' pelvis/thigh, the Pelicans have recalled guard Charles Cooke and forward Jalen Jones from the Gatorade League's Greensboro Swarm, the team announced Monday morning.
With their respective injuries, Nelson, Allen and Davis all will miss Monday's game at the Houston Rockets, the Pelicans later announced Monday afternoon.
In 11 G League games, Cooke is averaging 17.6 points per game on 50.7 percent shooting from the field. Jones is averaging 21.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in 10 games. The Swarm, the Charlotte Hornets' G League affiliate, does not have another game until Dec. 15.
The Pelicans (14-13) complete a home-and-away back-to-back against the Rockets (20-4) Monday at the Toyota Center — and will do so without Nelson, Allen and Davis.
Nelson missed Sunday's 131-124 win against the Philadelphia 76ers as a precautionary measure, coach Alvin Gentry said before Sunday's game, and will also miss Monday’s game, the Pelicans announced Monday afternoon. Nelson's absence Sunday was his first missed game since joining the Pelicans as a free agent in late October.
Allen, who also will not play versus Houston, played 1 minute and 16 seconds before exiting Sunday's game with a left knee injury. The 35-year-old veteran guard missed four games in mid-November with left knee inflammation and it's unclear if the two injuries are related.
Prior to Monday's game, Gentry said Allen and Nelson are "day-to-day" until more information regarding their injuries becomes available.
"We won't know that until the doctors fill us in on that," Gentry said Sunday of Allen's knee. "So it's hard to say to what extent it is."
Davis missed three consecutive games from Dec. 2-6 with a strained left adductor and began clutching what appeared to be the same area of his left leg/groin in Sunday's second half. Davis' absence Monday will be his fourth missed game since Dec. 2 with the lingering adductor issue.
"Yeah, he was, that's why we took them out at the end of the game," Gentry said Sunday. "We didn't want to try to have him do something that might keep him out. So the minute we saw him doing that, we took him out."