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Tyreke Evans has sprained ankle, out at least a week

Dec 9, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

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Tyreke Evans drove to attack Kevin Durant off the dribble Friday night — Evans had been very aggressive all game, largely carrying the reserves in the first half — he went up for the shot and when he can down he sprained his ankle.

That sprain is going to keep him out a week, maybe two the Pelicans announced Monday night. And while that’s not good, if you saw the injury and how Evans reacted at the time, this seems a lot better than it could have been.

Expect to see a lot more Al-Farouq Aminu and maybe some Anthony Morrow in the next couple weeks.

Evans has struggled to own the sixth man role with the Pelicans this season. He’s averaging almost 25 minutes a night scoring 11.8 points a game on 40.9 percent shooting. He’s shooting 10 percent from three.

Evans is still a slasher — 71 percent of his shot attempts have come within eight feet of the rim, the problem is he is hitting just 50 percent of those shots in close. His jumper from outside that range isn’t going to scare anybody.

  1. 00maltliquor - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    They’ll hardly notice he’s gone. NO is gonna really regret that sizable contract if he doesn’t step it up.

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