Jrue Holiday has been on the court the past week shooting and dribbling the ball, but not practicing with his New Orleans Pelicans teammates.
He has been out since Jan. 12 as a right lower-leg stress reaction continues to heal. So when Holiday said Friday he didn’t know whether he would play in a game again this season, it seemed to lend credence to the long-felt notion he would not return this year.
Coach Monty Williams said before Friday’s win against Sacramento that he expects Holiday to play, even though there are only 10 games left.
“I don’t think he’s going to be out for the rest of the season,” Williams said. “I’ve watched his workouts the past few times he’s been on the floor. The way I’ve watched him ramp up his workouts, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s back in the next week or so.”
The regular season ends April 15.
Holiday and Ryan Anderson, who has been out since Feb. 21 with a sprained MCL, were playing two-on-two games Saturday against athletic development director Carlos Daniel and assistant coach Jamelle McMillan. Williams said he has talked to the doctors and trainers and formulated a plan centering on the minutes Holiday would play if he returns.
Holiday said he has a rod from the top of the knee to his ankle, held in place by a nail, from when it was fractured Jan. 3, 2014. He missed the rest of that season.
This time, he seemed ready to come back after the All-Star break, but he had a setback. Holiday now said he doesn’t want updates concerning his progress.
“If (the doctor) told me, I’d probably try to test the waters before I’m supposed to do it,” he said. “Obviously, this is my second year doing this.”
Taking a toll
After Anthony Davis missed 8 of 14 free throws in Wednesday’s 95-93 loss to Houston, he returned to the court after the game and stayed until he made 100.
“I thought (Wednesday) night, he took too much of the blame, to me,” Williams said. “He’s going to have more games like that because he plays a lot.
“He feels he let his team down. I waited around until he left just to explain to him it doesn’t come down to that. All of it goes together.”
On March 22 at the Los Angeles Clippers, one of Eric Gordon’s front teeth was knocked out. Gordon had a cap put in the next day.
“It’s been knocked out before,” Gordon said, shrugging.
In the Pelicans’ first game since the tooth was knocked out, against Houston on Wednesday, it happened again.
In the two tooth-losing games, Gordon shot 2-of-11, including 0-of-8 on 3-pointers, and scored a total of 10 points.