Tyreke Evans Re-Sprains Ankle As Pelicans Fall To Thunder
When you're the least experienced team in the NBA, you can ill afford to lose a key member of your team, much less two.
With Anthony Davis missing the next 4 to 5 weeks with a broken left hand, the New Orleans Pelicans (9-10) lost another key player to injury in Friday night's 109-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tyreke Evans (pictured) sprained his left ankle in the third quarter, as it went parallel to the floor. He sprained the same ankle in the preseason. Before the injury, Evans scored 11 points in a little less than 13 minutes.
Ryan Anderson, who is starting for Davis while his hand heals, scored a team-high 18. Since Anderson entered the starting lineup on Monday, the Pelicans bench has suffered. The only player who could consistently score of the pine was Evans. If he ends up missing significant time, New Orleans' bench will take a major hit.
"Tyreke went down and that took away our main guy that gets to the basket and that hurt us a little bit," explained coach Monty Williams after the loss.
Oklahoma City had plenty of scoring form their All-Star duo. Kevin Durant, who currently leads the NBA in scoring, finished with 29. Russell Westbrook added another 25.
The Pelicans will get several practices in before their next matchup, a Wednesday game versus the Detroit Pistons. Tip-off from the New Orleans Arena is set for 7:00.