Tyreke Evans not likely to make return at Phoenix

by Jim Eichenhofer

PHOENIX – Barring an unforeseen positive development in the time leading up to tip-off at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Tyreke Evans probably will not make his 2015-16 regular season debut Wednesday, according to Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry.

“I would say we’re probably leaning (toward) not playing, unless he comes in (to the locker room) and says something amazing happened in warmups,” Gentry said. “We’re just not going to take that risk, until we know that he’s absolutely ready to go.”

During pregame, it was announced that Tyson Chandler (illness) will not play for Phoenix, resulting in Alex Len moving into the starting center role. Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe (knee) is a game-time decision.

Other notes from pregame:

  • Anthony Davis has scored 36, 20 and 32 points in his last three full games (29.3 average), while grabbing 11, 18 and 19 boards (16.0 average). “I think he’s played with a lot more force,” Gentry described of the two-time All-Star’s play. “He’s done a great job of finding alleys to drive and been real selective in his shot selection from the outside. He and Ryan Anderson together have really helped each other. They’ve created situations where you just can’t double the post. We’ve been able to get Ryan some open shots on the perimeter.”
  • Gentry on the Pelicans’ injuries: “It’s been frustrating, but it’s reality. No one wants to get hurt. When it happens, you just have to deal with it. Injuries are a part of the NBA. Eventually we’re going to get some of these guys back, and when we do, we’re going to be a good basketball team.”
  • Gentry said he’s grateful to be able to spend time before and during Thanksgiving in Phoenix, where he owns a home. He also has a son who is a senior at a local high school.

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