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Tyreke Evans hopes to return Thursday vs. Thunder

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

New Orleans Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans played just 10 minutes with his new team before turning his ankle on a drive into the paint in Houston. Over the past two preseason games, he’s had to watch from the sideline as his teammates secured narrow wins over Dallas and Orlando.

Evans hopes his brief stretch as a Pelicans spectator will be over soon. Following Saturday’s practice, the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder said he won’t play in Sunday’s game vs. Atlanta, but hopes to return this week. He is targeting Thursday’s game against Oklahoma City, which will be played at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

“It’s a little tender when I land, but it’s much better,” Evans said of his left ankle. “I want to see how I feel after practice and things like that. Just take it day by day. I don’t want to rush back (if) it’s still weak. The way I play, I don’t want it to happen again, so I just want to be real careful about that.”

After Saturday’s practice was over, Evans spent extra time working with assistant coaches, shooting one-dribble pull-ups and testing his ankle.

“Cutting kind of hurts a little bit,” Evans said. “I’m just trying to do what I can do to be healthy for the first game of the season (Oct. 30 vs. Indiana). I’m trying to work as hard as I can to come back and help this team win games.”