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Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday out for season after surgery on tibia

Feb 28, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

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The Pelicans’ new look roster had potential — if all the new pieces could meld and Anthony Davis could start to blossom they would be a very interesting team the second half of the season.

Injuries undid that dream — Ryan Anderson led a list of key Pelicans who have had to miss significant time this season.

Jrue Holiday was part of that mix. The point guard had been out since Jan. 8 and now we know why — he just underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right tibia, the team announced Friday. He will not return this season.

Holiday’s numbers dipped a little this season (14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game) but some mistook that for his game taking a step back — rather than having to score Holiday had a variety of weapons to set up and with that both his true shooting percentage and assist percentage actually climbed. He had a PER of 17.4 this season.

Holiday came to the Pelicans on a draft-day trade with the Sixers that sent Nerlens Noel back to Philly (he has yet to play). Holiday should be back next season healthy. If he and the rest of the Pelicans’ core is maybe then things get interesting in New Orleans on the court.

In the short term, Brian Roberts is your New Orleans point guard.

  1. asimonetti88 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Geez. Austin Rivers can’t even crack the starting lineup with Holiday out. Dude has not shown much in the NBA yet at all.

    • pfic15 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      I watched Austin Rivers the other night play against the Mavs…not sure what’s happened to this kids came since high school but he was hot garbage.

  2. nokoolaidcowboy - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    “Pelicans”, ha!

  3. csilojohnson - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Ive been waiting to see an article on this team. Just to knock the name. Looks like you beat me to it nokoolaid… Either way…
    Pelicans? Really? Was the goal to not attract any fans outside of the home town? This is a prank right? Pelicans? Who’s idea was this? I have to see the face of the person that would name an NBA team the Pelicans. Or any sports team. With the exception of maybe shuffle board.
    Guess its a safe bet nobody will ever be offended. (probably not)
    Pelicans! wtf?

  4. sumkat - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Bad news for Jrue and the Pelicans. Great news for the Sixers, this basically assures that their pick won’t go much further up the charts than it is now

  5. tcclark - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    here’s to hoping that draft pick now falls into the 7-8 range

  6. JT - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Salty I traded for Jrue right before the injury. #fantasyfail get well Jrue

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