Shootaround update: Nets at Pelicans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Updates from Monday morning’s shootaround at the Smoothie King Center:
• New Orleans shooting guard Eric Gordon is listed as day-to-day with left knee tendinitis. His status will likely be updated prior to game time. If Gordon is unable to play, the Pelicans will have 11 players available.
• For Brooklyn, Kevin Garnett (back spasms) and Brook Lopez (fractured right foot) are both listed as out. Lopez is done for the season. Garnett hasn’t played since Feb. 27.
• Tyreke Evans’ numbers as a starter are the best of his career, including his Rookie of the Year campaign with Sacramento in 2009-10. Evans is averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists since joining the first unit Feb. 28. “It’s been going good,” Evans said this morning. “I’ve just been in a good flow. I’ve been playing pretty good basketball. I’m just going to keep it up tonight.”
• Evans on his and the team’s recent play: “I’m feeding off of guys and (Anthony Davis) is playing good. Our team is getting better. That’s helping me out on the court, gaining confidence.”
• Evans on the Nets: “They’ve been playing great. They’re healthy. They’ve got all of their guys there. They’re a veteran team. We want to pressure them, make everything hard. When we were up there (in Brooklyn), they kind of pushed us around and got us off to a bad start. We just want to get off to a good start tonight.”
• This is the final game of the 2013-14 season for the Pelicans against the Eastern Conference. New Orleans is 18-11 vs. the East, a winning percentage of .621. Asked to explain the Pelicans’ success, Evans said “I didn’t really notice that. The West is tough. The East has some good players. Every night you know you’re going to go up against somebody good, so we have to be ready.”
• LSU product Marcus Thornton, a former teammate of Evans in Sacramento, has been hot lately for Brooklyn. “He’s a good basketball player,” Evans said. “He’s going to look to be aggressive. He’s playing at home in front of his mom and his friends. It’s going to be a key matchup for us.”