The Pelicans haven't offered a clear return date for Nikola Mirotic (right ankle).
Advice: The assumption is that New Orleans' light upcoming schedule (one game in six days) will help Mirotic and E'Twaun Moore (strained leg) get over their injuries. "Hopefully it helps a lot," said Anthony Davis. "You get a chance to recover, rest up and let our bodies heal." It's possible New Orleans will rest Mirotic and Moore for Sunday's game to give them the full six days of rest, but for now we're considering them day-to-day.
Mirotic, who left Monday's game against the Celtics with a right ankle injury, will not return Wednesday.
Advice: Mirotic sprained the same ankle last month and missed two games, and Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said following Monday's contest that the forward is still bothered by the injury. Gentry added that they plan to give him some time off to get healthy. Mirotic, averaging a career best 17.4 points per game, had three points on 1-of-5 shooting before exiting.
Nikola Mirotic (right ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.
Advice: Mirotic has been fighting through the pain in his right ankle since November, but it just hasn't gotten any better, so the Pelicans will hold him out until he's clearly back to 100%. Julius Randle will get all the run he can handle while Mirotic is out, and there will be more minutes available for Cheick Diallo.
Nikola Mirotic (sore right ankle) will not return on Monday vs. the Celtics.
Advice: For what it's worth, this is the same ankle that bothered him in November. He lasted just seven minutes in this game, finishing with three points on 1-of-5 shots. Julius Randle will continue logging heavy minutes as the starter, while Cheick Diallo and Darius Miller will pick up a few extra minutes as well.
Nikola Mirotic (sore right ankle) left Monday's game against the Celtics and did not return, prompting coach Alvin Gentry to tell reporters after the game that they will hold him out until he's healthy.
Advice: Mirotic has dealt with issues with his right ankle for quite awhile now, dating back to November. Gentry said that Mirotic is a gamer and has wanted to play through it, but it's simply not getting any better. Julius Randle will continue to see most of the work Mirotic will vacate, but Cheick Diallo, Darius Miller, and Wes Johnson will also see more minutes as long as he's out.
Nikola Mirotic scored 12 points Sunday on 5-of-13 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Detroit Pistons 116-108. Mirotic pulled down seven rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -9 in his 30:29 on the floor. He added one block. Mirotic went 2 of 8 from behind the arc.
Nikola Mirotic scored 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting during Sunday's 116-108 win over the Pistons, adding seven rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block across 30 minutes.
Advice: This was a nice bounce-back performance for Mirotic following Friday's four-point, 1-of-6 shooting disaster, and he started the second half with Anthony Davis going down with a hip injury. Davis did return to play, but looked hobbled, so there's a chance he'll need to sit out Monday's game against the Celtics; which could result in Mirotic getting a start. Alvin Gentry mentioned after the game that Mirotic lost six pounds in a day when he was out with his illness, and indicated that he's still not quite recovered from that.
Mirotic is not on the Pelicans' injury report for Friday's game against Memphis. He's sat out the team's last two games with an illness.
Advice: Mirotic should see his usual allotment of minutes after getting some time to rest up. The stretch forward is on his way to a career year, as he's averaging 18.9 points and 10.0 rebounds in 22 games while ranking in the top 15 in the NBA with 60 made 3-pointers.
Nikola Mirotic will come off the bench against the Grizzlies on Friday.
Advice: Coach Alvin Gentry said he likes Mirotic off the bench to help scoring in the second unit. Perhaps now that Gentry has seen Randle crush with a high-minute total, Mirotic's minutes get dialed back a little from his 31.5 per game. Mirotic is obviously a must-start option in standard leagues.
Nikola Mirotic (illness) scored four points off the bench with two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 20 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.
Advice: Yuck. Before the game, coach Alvin Gentry said he wanted to help the bench with more scoring, but Mirotic was brutal. The Pelicans did lose this game and maybe it was because Mirotic was rusty after missing the last two games. Plus, maybe Gentry wanted more size vs. Memphis. Mirotic owners should be rooting for him to get back in the first unit, and this could create a buy-low chance.