The Pelicans have lost five straight to start season, including a 121-115 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
New Orleans didn’t expect Perkins, 30, to play a major role on the floor this season, but an injury to starting center Omer Asik made it necessary to move Perkins into the starting lineup. His presence had been considered important to the Pelicans’ coaching staff, which considered him a needed veteran voice in the locker room.
Perkins had been a starter in three Pelicans games – averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds – before going down with the pec injury Saturday against Golden State.
Perkins was thrust into the Pelicans' starting lineup because of a calf injury to Asik, which has forced the Pelicans to play smaller lineups. Alexis Ajinca has been New Orleans’ only healthy player at center.
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