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Jrue Holiday out indefinitely with tibia stress fracture

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com

Exactly one week after the New Orleans Pelicans lost one of their most important players to injury in frightening fashion in Boston, the team announced that it will be even more short-handed for an undetermined amount of time.

The Pelicans said Friday morning that point guard Jrue Holiday will be out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right tibia. The 6-foot-4 point guard had been the only New Orleans player to appear in all 34 games this season. The durable fifth-year NBA veteran played in 78 games last season, as well as 65 of 66 games during the shortened 2011-12 campaign. As a second-year pro in 2010-11, Holiday appeared in all 82 games.

In his first season as a member of the Pelicans after a draft-night trade from Philadelphia, Holiday is averaging 14.3 points and 7.9 assists, the latter tied for seventh in the NBA. He played just 29 minutes in Wednesday’s loss to Washington, registering eight points and three assists before sitting out chunks of the second half.

A week ago, Pelicans leading scorer Ryan Anderson collided with Boston's Gerald Wallace, causing Anderson to sustain a herniated disc, an injury that also has sidelined Anderson indefinitely.