Jrue Holiday: Too early for injury timetable
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Over the past four games, New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday didn’t look much like the player who earned an invitation to the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. The reason for Holiday’s subpar play seemed to become clearer on Friday morning, when the Pelicans announced that the fifth-year pro is sidelined indefinitely by a stress fracture in his right tibia, which has affected his shin. Holiday was 11-for-37 from the field during the recent four-game span, with 12 turnovers and 22 assists. He was held to single-digit scoring each time, averaging 6.0 points.
“I’m not going to say that was the reason why,” Holiday said, declining to use the injury as an explanation for the rough stretch. “I wasn’t as aggressive. I’m not going to use that excuse. Everything I do, I try to do as hard as I can.”
On Friday’s Black & Blue Report on Pelicans.com, Holiday told host Sean Kelley that it’s premature to predict how long the injury will keep him out of uniform.
“It’s a little bit too early,” Holiday said. “We’re just going to take it slow. Obviously I’m going to do everything I can, and so are the trainers and the doctors, to make sure that it’s healthy, and get back as fast as possible. But it’s a little bit too early to know how long it’s going to be.”
The UCLA product had experienced pain in his shin recently, deciding to get the injury examined after Wednesday’s loss to Washington. Holiday shot 3-for-11 vs. the Wizards, with only three assists. He said in recent games he's only been able to be aggressive for one of the two halves.
“We use our legs so much. I hit my shins on things (frequently),” Holiday said. “It’s been hurting for a while. I always thought I hit something (and) I got treatment for it. The last game, it felt the worst, like everything I did (on the court), I felt it. Usually adrenaline kind of takes over. I said (to Pelicans trainer Jon Ishop) something really hurts. Something’s different.”
With Holiday out of the lineup, Brian Roberts is expected to move into the starting point guard job. Austin Rivers, who played key minutes during New Orleans’ fourth-quarter comeback attempt Wednesday, also figures to see an expanded role.
“BRob has been playing well,” said Holiday of Roberts, who has scored double-digit points in three of the past four games. “Austin got a little time last game, and played really well. Guys off the bench have been doing that all year, stepping up, and now’s a chance to do that.”