New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Tyreke Evans will play in Saturday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Smoothie King Center, Coach Monty Williams said.
An MRI Friday showed that Evans had a right knee bone bruise and he said after Saturday's shoot-round he would try to play, but it would be a game-time decision.
Williams said he will take precaution with Evans.
“He's feeling a lot better,” Williams said. “He wants to play tonight. I'll make sure I monitor how he's moving around, but he felt really good (Saturday) morning. But he felt good (Friday) and felt better (Saturday).”
Evans didn't play in Thursday's victory at Houston, the first time this season he missed a game.
“It's at the top of my knee, and whenever I try to cut, I feel a sharp pain,” he said. “But it feels better after I ice it … and I'm getting treatment on it.”
Evans said the knee was injured during the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's home win against the Utah Jazz.
“(Anthony Davis) went to set a screen, and we bumped knees,” Evans said.
Evans said Friday that the knee had become swollen and stiff but that he was taking medication to alleviate that.
Coach Monty Williams said Evans was looking to play against Houston but that Williams decided to take precaution.
“When I saw him after the Utah game, and even the day after, he didn't have the same look about him that he typically has,” Williams said. “So, I already had it in my mind that I might hold him out.”
Evans had scored 34, 31 and 19 points in his past three games, shooting 34-of-64 (53.1 percent) along with 21 assists.