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Pelicans' Matt Ryan: Drains two triples
Ryan posted six points (2-2 FG, 2-2 3Pt), one rebound and one assist across 12 minutes during Tuesday's 115-92 win over the Knicks.
Ryan dropped in two three-pointers Tuesday, seeing minutes for the third time in the past four games. While he has been able to carve out a rotation spot, it comes as a result of injuries to other players rather than his impressive play. Outside of being a speculative stream option, he holds no sustainable fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Larry Nance: Passive performance Tuesday
Nance logged four points (2-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes during Tuesday's 115-92 win over the Knicks.
Nance was quiet on both ends of the floor, continuing his underwhelming production of late. Despite playing at least 19 minutes in eight of the past 10 games, Nance has topped double-digits only once, adding a combined 11 steals and blocks in that time. As a player who is outside the top 200 for the season, Nance can be safely left alone outside of deeper formats.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Trey Murphy: Leads all scorers in win
Murphy accumulated 26 points (9-14 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal across 36 minutes during Tuesday's 115-92 win over the Knicks.
Murphy tallied at least 20 points for just the fourth time all season, leading all scorers with 26 points including six triples. In what has been a disappointing season, Murphy could be someone to consider adding should he be available. He has played at least 30 minutes in five straight games, producing on both ends of the floor.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Brandon Ingram: Returns to game
Ingram (ankle) checked back into Tuesday's game versus the Knicks at the start of the second quarter.
Ingram had an injury scare in the first quarter that sent him limping to the locker room, but he was only in the back for a few minutes before returning.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Brandon Ingram: Goes to locker room
Ingram left Tuesday's game against the Knicks with an apparent ankle injury and went to the locker room, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
Ingram initially stayed on the bench after tweaking his ankle to get it looked at by the trainers, only to limp to the back a few minutes later. For now, he should be considered questionable to return.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' CJ McCollum: Officially out Tuesday
McCollum (ankle) will not play Tuesday versus New York, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
McCollum will miss his second consecutive game due to a left ankle sprain. Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson (foot) will likely split the majority of playmaking duties, while Matt Ryan and Jordan Hawkins should see upticks in minutes in the backcourt.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Good to go against Knicks
Williamson (foot) is available for Tuesday's game versus the Knicks, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Williamson has been upgraded from questionable to available Tuesday despite dealing with a left foot contusion. The star forward tallied 24 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes during his only other appearance against New York this season on Oct. 28.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Questionable for Tuesday
Williamson is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Knicks due to a left foot contusion, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Tuesday's game is the first half of a back-to-back set, so it's customary for Williamson to show up on the injury report. However, he recently played in both halves of a back-to-back set for the second time this season, playing 35 minutes and 36 minutes versus Houston and Miami, respectively. Over his last four appearances, Williamson has averaged 26.3 points, 8.8 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals in 34.5 minutes per game.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' CJ McCollum: Questionable for Tuesday
McCollum (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.
McCollum sprained his ankle during Friday's loss to Miami and missed Saturday's loss to the Bulls, but he was a full participant in Monday's practice session. It's not yet clear whether he'll be able to suit up Tuesday, but he seems to be trending in the right direction.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Brandon Ingram: Fills stat sheet in loss Sunday
Ingram closed Sunday's 114-106 loss to the Bulls with 22 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), three rebounds, six assists, one block and three steals over 39 minutes.
Ingram moved to the point guard role and delivered a solid outing across the board, filling the stat sheet admirably as he often does but also handing out six or more assists for the eighth game in a row. Ingram was returning from a two-game absence due to an illness, but he didn't show any effects in his return to the hardwood, meaning he should handle his regular workload going forward.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Jonas Valanciunas: Pulls down 17 rebounds Sunday
Valanciunas contributed 14 points (7-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt), 17 rebounds and one block over 28 minutes during Sunday's 114-106 loss to the Bulls.
Valanciunas is one of the most consistent centers in The Association and can record a double-double every time he steps on the court, as has been the case in each of his last three appearances. Even though the veteran can also produce on offense, he has a secondary role in the Pelicans' scheme, and that limits his fantasy upside a bit. Still, he's having another solid year and is just 0.4 rebounds per game shy of averaging a double-double for the fifth campaign in a row.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Sniffs another triple-double
Williamson ended with 19 points (9-15 FG, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, 11 assists and two blocks in 33 minutes during Sunday's 114-106 loss to the Bulls.
Williamson has experienced a remarkable uptick as a passer in recent games, and the numbers back that up, as he's averaging 6.6 assists per game over his last 10 outings, a sizable upgrade from the 4.6 dimes per game he delivered last season -- and a figure that constituted a career-high mark for him as well. Williamson will always be a dominant scorer in the paint and a force on the glass, but unlocking this side of his game could go a long way toward bolstering his fantasy upside for the final weeks of the regular season. On that note, he's averaging 24.5 points, 6.6 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game over his last 10 contests.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' CJ McCollum: Logs full practice Monday
McCollum (ankle) logged a full practice Monday but is still day-to-day, Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
McCollum left Friday's loss to Miami after spraining his ankle and was sidelined for Saturday's loss to Chicago. His return to practice is a good sign of his availability moving forward, but McCollum will likely still appear on the Pelicans' initial injury report for Tuesday's matchup in New York, which should drop Monday afternoon.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Brandon Ingram: Available Sunday
Ingram (illness) will play in Sunday's game against the Bulls, Erin Summers of Bally Sports New Orleans reports.
Ingram carried a questionable tag into Sunday's game due to a non-COVID illness that held him out of the last two games, but he will officially be back in action against Chicago. With Naji Marshall and Jose Alvarado inactive due to suspensions, Ingram could be in line for increased usage.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Cleared to play
Williamson (foot) is available for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Erin Summers of Bally Sports New Orleans reports.
Williamson was considered a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup, but he's been cleared to suit up after participating in pregame warmups. Over his last four appearances, he's averaged 25.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds in 35.0 minutes per game.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Brandon Ingram: Viewed as game-time call
Ingram (illness), who is listed as questionable, is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt against Chicago, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
The Pelicans will decide on the statuses of both Ingram and Zion Williamson (foot) after observing the two in warmups. Ingram has missed the Pelicans' last two games with the illness, but he took part in the team's morning shootaround and could be thrust into more of a facilitating role if he gets the green light to play ahead of the 7:00 p.m. ET tipoff. The Pelicans are without their top two point guards in CJ McCollum (ankle) and Jose Alvarado (suspension).... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Considered game-time call
Williamson (foot) is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Erin Summers of Bally Sports New Orleans reports.
Williamson is officially questionable for Sunday's matchup, and the Pelicans will need to see how he fares during pregame warmups before determining his status. If he's unavailable, Trey Murphy and Naji Marshall could see increased run.... See More ... See Less