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Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday out indefinitely with stress fracture in leg

Jan 10, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

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The list of quality point guards currently out injured in the NBA includes Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Eric Bledsoe (even if he played some two guard)…

And now Jrue Holiday.

Pelicans starting point guard Holiday has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right tibia and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Friday morning. There is no timetable for his return, but this is going to be weeks at least.

Holiday had played in all 34 Pelicans games this season and played just shy of 34 minutes a night, averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds a game. The raw numbers are down slightly from when he had to carry the Sixers attack the year before, but this year he had better weapons to set up and with that was more efficient. However, Holiday struggled some the past week or so, this explains it.

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The Pelicans offense falls 7.3 points per 100 possessions when Holiday is off the court. This was a team that felt like it could come together and make a push in the second half of the season, but not without Holiday.

No Holiday means more Brian Roberts, plus expect Tyreke Evans to get a lot more time as the ball handler on offense. Maybe this means more Austin Rivers also, but not much.

The Pelicans traded for Holiday on draft day last June, sending Nerlens Noel to Philadelphia for Holiday.

  1. davidly - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    I suppose it’s possible that as aggregate athletic skill & acquired range of motion excels, it moves further and further beyond the average human’s physical sustainable durability. In other words, just because you can master extraordinary movement doesn’t mean your body can take it–the former being an easier acquisition than the latter.

    • ranfan12 - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Just give it a while. Athletes will start being bred with it in their genetics because of natural selection

  2. cmehustle - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Well, that turned out to be a good trade! At least they didnt give up a first round pick in one of the best looking drafts in the last ten years. Oh wait they did!

  3. misremembered72 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Stinks for Jrue but yay for my sixers! I thought we’d have the number one pick but I’ll take 2 in the top 12… maybe even, dare i say it, two in the top 10

  4. unfly - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM


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