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Pelicans’ Norris Cole Could Return in Early December

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New Orleans Pelicans reserve point guard Norris Cole could return from a sprained left ankle in early December, according to Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry told the media Sunday that that’s the expected timetable as long as there are no setbacks.

It’s been nearly six weeks since Cole suffered the injury, so it’ll likely be about two months missed before he finally returns. The point guard is just one of many Pelicans who’ve missed time this season. With Cole and Tyreke Evans out plus Jrue Holiday still not 100 percent, Ish Smith has taken on a large role, and he’s performed admirably.

Cole came over to the Pelicans from the Miami Heat last season. The 27-year-old averaged 9.9 points and 3.2 assists while shooting 44.4 percent overall and 37.8 percent from three in 28 games with New Orleans. His efficiency naturally dipped in the postseason against the Golden State Warriors.

With Cole set to return in a few weeks and Evans due back any day now, the Pelicans are finally getting healthy. New Orleans has won two in a row and is trying to get back into the thick of things in the Western Conference, although with a 3-11 record, there’s still a lot of work to do.

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