Tyreke Evans will be shut down until after All-Star break, Kevin Love out for Cleveland

by Jim Eichenhofer

CLEVELAND – Hoping to ensure that Tyreke Evans’ second half of the regular season goes more smoothly than the past few weeks have, New Orleans has decided to have the guard sit out the remaining four games prior to the All-Star break, including tonight against the Cavaliers. Evans (right knee tendinitis) has not played since Jan. 25 vs. Houston, missing the past five games.

“We’re probably going to hold him out until after the All-Star break,” Alvin Gentry said during pregame at Quicken Loans Arena. “That gives him a situation where he has almost two weeks where he can rehab it and hopefully get it back. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go right after the All-Star break and we’ll be able to play him for the rest of the stretch (of the schedule).”

Evans initially missed the Jan. 2 game at Dallas due to the injury, then was sidelined again Jan. 18 at Memphis. Against Houston, he only played 16 minutes before being taken out of the game, suffering from the same issue.

“I think it’s just rest,” Gentry said of what it may take for Evans to get past the injury. “It’s one of those situations with tendinitis, where you rest and it feels better. That’s better than having him play two games, then sit out one (and have his status in flux). This may help him be able to play the last part of the season, without sitting out.”

Other notes from Saturday’s pregame:

Recently-hired Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said both Kevin Love (hip) and Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) will miss Saturday’s game against the Pelicans. …

Dante Cunningham will move into the New Orleans starting lineup at small forward. Gentry on the change: “He played really well against this team the last time we played them (Cunningham had six points and eight rebounds in the win over Cleveland on Dec. 4). He played well the other night (vs. the Lakers), so we try to reward guys who play well in games. We’re going to stick him in the lineup and see what happens.”

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