Shootaround update: 76ers at Pelicans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Updates from Saturday morning’s shootaround at the New Orleans Arena:
• After being sidelined for the first nine games of the regular season, Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson will make his 2013-14 debut tonight vs. the 76ers. New Orleans was 7-1 in preseason with Anderson on the floor, but the reserve suffered a broken toe in the days prior to Oct. 30 Opening Night. Anderson practiced Friday and felt fine, clearing the way for him to play Saturday. “Heck yeah,” Anderson said when asked if he was looking forward to playing. “It’s tough sitting out. It’s tough wearing a suit and sitting behind the bench. As a player, it’s something you definitely don’t want to do for a long time. I’m really excited to get back out there. I hope that (the toe) feels great tonight, and I think it will.”
• Anderson on the additional spacing he hopes to provide as a three-point threat: “I think that’s something that is part of our offense that we take advantage of with different lineups. We’ve started off games extremely well and shown that we can play with any team. I think it’s just maintaining that. If I can do anything to help in that way, that’s great. You can’t say I’m the specific reason (for the team’s 3-6 start), but we’ve had specific quarters where teams have outplayed us a little bit. I’m going to come in knowing that and try to do whatever I can to eliminate that.”
• Tyreke Evans noted this morning that he has lost 12 pounds since returning from his ankle injury, which prevented him from running due temporarily. Evans said that starting with Tuesday’s game at the Lakers, he has felt 100 percent. “I was 235 (pounds), but now I’m 223,” he said. “It’s a big difference and I feel even quicker. In the Utah game, I was getting out and running the floor, and that’s how I play basketball. I’m feeling better.” Evans scored 19 points at Utah on 8-for-13 shooting, frequently getting into the lane.
• Philadelphia did not hold shootaround this morning due to playing Friday at Atlanta. The 76ers are listing point guard Michael Carter-Williams as doubtful due to a foot injury. The rookie standout did not play in the loss to the Hawks last night. Philadelphia (5-5) used James Anderson and Tony Wroten as its starting guards.
• Jrue Holiday on the 76ers, the team he played for in the previous four seasons: “The way they’re playing is pretty impressive. They move the ball from side to side, they attack the basket and pretty much get the shots they want. It’s an efficient offense… I had been there for four years. They still have a core group of guys who I played with. It’s definitely going to be good to compete against them.”