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Jrue Holiday’s Return this Season in Doubt

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday has only played 37 games this season and hasn’t played since Jan. 12 because of a stress reaction in his lower right leg, and it’s looking more and more likely that Holiday won’t play again this season, according to John Reid of The Times-Picayune.

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams hasn’t ruled out a return, but at this point it appears doubtful, especially considering Holiday is still experiencing pain in his leg:

Holiday’s time in New Orleans has been marred by injury ever since coming over from the Philadelphia 76ers in a draft night trade in 2013. The 24-year-old played just 34 games last season because of a broken right leg, the same leg that’s bothering him now.

Holiday has been productive when healthy in New Orleans, averaging 14.3 points and 7.9 assists last season and 15.2 points and 7.1 assists this season. He shot 39.0 percent from three last year and is at 36.7 percent from three this year. The point guard is owed nearly $22 million over the next two seasons after this one.

Even without Holiday plus a host of other injuries, the Pelicans are right in the thick of things for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Heading into play against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, New Orleans controlled its own destiny for the postseason.




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