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Shootaround update: Hawks at Pelicans

By: Jim Eichenhofer,, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Updates from Wednesday morning’s shootaround at the New Orleans Arena:

• Tyreke Evans (rib injury) is day-to-day. His status will be updated prior to tonight’s game. During the portion of shootaround that was open to the local media, Evans watched from the sideline, along with injured teammates Jason Smith and Ryan Anderson.

• Speaking of injuries, they have perhaps been the NBA’s biggest story of the first half of the season, with numerous key players missing extensive time, including guards Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe. One backcourt player who has enjoyed a nearly clean bill of health has been Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, who has appeared in 44 of 47 games. “I’m feeling pretty good right now,” Gordon said. “I look forward to playing every game for the rest of the year and as many minutes as I can. There are definitely still no limitations.”

• New Orleans will try to bounce back from Monday’s loss in which it couldn’t hold on to a fourth-quarter lead vs. San Antonio. The Pelicans are trying to improve on their 12-5 record against the Eastern Conference, including 6-2 at home. “I think we’re going to respond (well),” Gordon said. “We just beat ourselves (against the Spurs), turned over the ball, went through too many lapses without scoring. Tonight it’s a different (opponent) and I think we’re very capable of winning.”

• The Hawks did not hold shootaround this morning. Atlanta lost 89-85 to Indiana on Tuesday, after falling behind by double digits through three quarters.

• Atlanta is 25-22, good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, but a record that would not put the Hawks in the top eight of the West standings. New Orleans (20-27) is 12th in the West but would be ninth in the East given the same record.