Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt said he'll return to the court soon, 'It's just a matter of time. I'm not trying to rush it, though' _lowres

Associated Press photo by GARY McCULLOUGH -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt drives while defended by Atlanta Hawks guard Justin Holiday on Oct. 9 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The injury hits keep coming for the Pelicans.

Backup forward Luke Babbitt strained his left hamstring in Monday night’s preseason win in Chicago, the team announced Thursday. A timetable for his return will be announced at a later date.

The Pelicans are without their top two centers, starter Omer Asik (calf strain) and backup Alexis Ajinca (hamstring strain). Point guard Jrue Holiday is on a minutes restriction as he recovers from a stress reaction in his right leg, and backup point guard Norris Cole is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain.

The 6-foot-9 Babbitt is averaging 10 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game through three preseason games. He is 6 of 19 from 3-point range. Last season he averaged 4.1 points per game in 63 games for the Pelicans last season, including 19 starts. He averaged 4.1 points and shot 51.3 percent from 3-point range.

“Eventually we’re gonna get all the guys back and we’ll have a full team and we’ll have depth and we’ll be able to play the way we want to,” coach Alvin Gentry said after Thursday’s practice. “In the meantime, we just got to compete. As I said to the guys, we don’t make excuses. We don’t have any excuses. We don’t deal in luck.”