Jrue Holiday PG NOP 11 hours ago

Holiday played 11 minutes and scored six points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-3 FT) to go along with two rebounds, one assist, and one steal in Monday's preseason win over the Bulls.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Holiday has remained healthy throughout the preseason, but Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry doesn't appear to be budging from his earlier declaration that the point guard will be capped at around 15 minutes per game and will sit out at least one game of back-to-back sets through the first few months of the regular season. It looks as though Holiday will retain a starting role in spite of those restrictions, however, the expected downgrade in minutes will work to the benefit of Tyreke Evans, the team's top option off the bench. Evans' ability to play both guard spots should allow him to finish with a higher playing-time count than both Holiday and the Pelicans' other injury-prone backcourt starter, Eric Gordon.

Jrue Holiday PG NOP 2 weeks ago

Holiday said Thursday that his surgically-repaired right leg is pain-free, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Holiday has suffered from recurring problems with the right leg during his first two seasons in New Orleans, limiting him to just 74 games with the club. Though he finally seems to have a clean bill of health and is participating fully in training camp, the Pelicans don't seem to be budging from their stated plan to reduce Holiday's minutes this season in an effort to keep him on the court throughout the campaign. Holiday will be capped at around 10 minutes per game during the preseason, and once the regular season begins, coach Alvin Gentry has stated that the point guard would see somewhere in the range of 15 minutes per night through January. Additionally, the Pelicans plan to hold Holiday out for one game of back-to-back scenarios, all of which conspires to dampen his fantasy appeal. It's expected that the Pelicans will relax Holiday's restrictions in the second half of the season, which could make him an excellent trade target at that point in time, but only if he makes it through January with no setbacks on the health front.

Jrue Holiday PG NOP 2 weeks ago

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he expects Holiday to be limited to around 15 minutes per game until January, Jennifer Hale of FOX Sports New Orleans reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Leg injuries have been a trouble spot for Holiday in both of his two seasons in New Orleans, and it appears that in an attempt to keep him on the court for a full campaign, the Pelicans will reduce his workload. According to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Gentry plans on holding Holiday out of back-to-back scenarios, further dampening the point guard's outlook for the upcoming season. Though it's possible Holiday will retain the starting title in the Pelicans' backcourt, expect Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole to log a lot of minutes at point guard. Given his historical health concerns along with his diminishing role, Holiday's fantasy stock is falling in a significant way.

Jrue Holiday PG NOP 2 months ago

Holiday is expected to be ready for the start of the season, though he'll likely have a minutes restriction, Scott Kushner of The Advocate reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Coming off of another season plagued by injury, Holiday underwent surgery in May to remove a screw from the rod in his right shin. The Pelicans haven't said much about the procedure throughout the offseason, but Holiday will apparently be ready to play when the season gets underway at the end of October. Plenty could change over the next two months, but at this point it appears Holiday may be limited for the first few weeks of the season, meaning Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole could each see an uptick in minutes at the point guard spot.

Jrue Holiday PG NOP 4 months ago

Holiday (leg), for the second year in a row, had a season plagued with a leg injury, and as a result played in just 40 games and finished with averages of 14.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 33 minutes per game. Holiday still has two years left on his 4-year, $41 million deal that he signed with the 76ers back in 2012.

Since his All-Star season in 2012-13, Holiday has had bad luck in dealing with leg injuries and has not been able to stay healthy. Holiday did undergo successful surgery in early May, but that is now his second leg surgery in as many years, and there is definitely cause for concern when looking at the long-term health of Holiday. When he is on the court, though, Holiday can be one of the most effective point guards in the NBA with both scoring and distributing. Before the All-Star break, Holiday was healthy and played and started in 37 games, and in that time he posted averages of 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists over 33.7 minutes. So, it is clear that Holiday has fully proven he is a starting point guard in this league and it is now just a matter of staying healthy. With the emergence of Anthony Davis as a true superstar, he and Holiday could be a lethal one-two punch in the pick-and-roll in the coming seasons should the point guard get over these leg ailments.

Jrue Holiday PG NOP 5 months ago

Holiday (leg) underwent successful surgery to remove a screw from the rod in his lower right leg and there is no timetable for his return.

Holiday only played in 40 games in the regular season after a stress reaction injury in his leg sidelined him for a large portion of the year. John Reid of the Times Picayune noted that this was Holiday's second surgery in as many years.

Jrue Holiday PG NOP 6 months ago

Holiday (soreness) will play in Game 4 against the Warriors on Saturday, broadcaster Sean Kelley reports.

Holiday has dealt with some soreness throughout the playoffs but he'll ultimately be available off the bench in his expected role Saturday. Playing behind Tyreke Evans, Holiday has averaged 19 minutes on the court in the series with Golden State.

Jrue Holiday PG NOP 6 months ago

Holiday (soreness) is considered a game-time decision for Saturday's Game 4 against the Warriors according to coach Monty Williams, the Times Picayune reports.

The Pelicans are still being cautious with Holiday as they've now listed him as a game-time decision for all four of their playoff games thus far. Official word should be passed down ahead of the game, but Holiday is only expected to have a limited role off the bench if he does in fact take the court for the third time in the series.

Jrue Holiday PG NOP 6 months ago

Holiday isn't on the Pelican's injury report in advance of Saturday's game against the Warriors.

Holiday missed Game 2 of the first-round series due to soreness in his leg, but in his other two appearances, he's averaged 7.5 points (on 36 percent shooting), 4.5 assists, and 1.5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Although his workload will likely be capped around 20 minutes, he remains behind Tyreke Evans as New Orleans' primary ball handler at this time.

Jrue Holiday PG NOP 6 months ago

Holiday (soreness) came off the bench for 17 minutes in Game 3 against the Warriors on Thursday. He finished with 10 points, one rebound, four assists, and one block.

Holiday dealt with a major leg injury during the regular season and is still only able to play limited minutes off the bench for the rest of the playoffs. With that in mind, Tyreke Evans will continue to see the majority of minutes at point guard as the Pelicans look to stave off elimination in Game 4 on Saturday.