Shootaround update: Bucks at Pelicans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Updates from Friday morning’s shootaround at the Smoothie King Center:
• Not only has Tyreke Evans dramatically improved his play while he’s on the floor in recent games, but we’ve also seen a lot more of him. Evans was averaging about 25 minutes as a reserve, but has averaged 40 in the past four games. “I didn’t expect that. I didn’t know what Coach (Monty Williams) was going to do,” Evans said of his workload. “I did notice that I’ve been playing 40 minutes, or 35, in that range. When I’m on the floor, I feel like I always can make something happen for me or my teammates.”
• Asked if he feels more like the Tyreke Evans of his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2009-10, Evans said, “I’m attacking, shooting the ball, just playing my game, getting to the line, finding guys. I wasn’t playing on the ball as much (previously).” Evans also appears to be benefiting from playing more of his minutes with Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon. “I think (it’s easier) because I’m not a selfish player,” Evans said. “I look for my teammates. Even though there might be a few times when I get a bucket and there might be someone open, that’s not the case. I’m willing to find those guys, and get Eric and AD going. That opens up things for me, so that’s all I try to do.”
• Evans on New Orleans trying to push the pace, as it did in a 132-point barrage against the Lakers: “I think that’s the way we should play – run the floor. We’ve got guys who can finish on the wing, and AD running the floor like a guard.”
• Nothing’s changed on the Pelicans’ injury report in quite some time. Jrue Holiday and Jason Smith are out for the season. Ryan Anderson is out with a herniated disc and also may end up missing the rest of 2013-14, but he is awaiting more testing.
• For Milwaukee, Larry Sanders (fractured orbital bone) and Carlos Delfino (right foot surgery) are out. Ekpe Udoh (right knee swelling) is listed as questionable.