OAKLAND, Calif. — Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans started Friday as a gametime decision, and that may be the case on Sunday as well.
Evans gutted it out and started Friday’s game with New Orleans in the hunt for a playoff spot, playing just 14 minutes while only scoring two points, to go along with five rebounds and four assists on Friday night.
The 25-year-old guard out of Memphis said after the game that his ankle injury was affecting his play in the 112-96 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
“I just wasn’t myself,” Evans said after the game. “I couldn’t push off like that. I should’ve thought more carefully about it before I came out there. I didn’t really get a chance to move like that last minute. I wanted to help my teammates, and I tried.”
His teammates appreciated seeing him try to gut out a game despite not being 100 percent.
“It’s always great when you see guys pushing their limits even though they are hurting and banged up,” Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca said. “It shows a lot of character, a good person. It shows that you don’t want to give up and let us go, just like that, let the team down. That’s a good thing, now, so yeah, know his body and make sure that it’s not getting worse. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”
The Pelicans will now head down to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers on Sunday, with Evans’ status for the game unknown.
“Too early to tell,” Evans said on his status for Sunday. “Just going to treat it as much as I can on the plane and tomorrow and see how it feels on Sunday. I’ll see how it feels.”