Pelicans’ Holiday expected to play vs. Spurs

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams says guard Jrue Holiday ”should be ready to play” in Wednesday night’s high-stakes regular season finale against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Pelicans would clinch their first playoff berth since 2011 with a victory. A loss would likely end New Orleans’ season unless Oklahoma City is upset by league-worst Minnesota that same night.

Williams says Holiday is well-rested after sitting out Monday night’s victory at Minnesota but remains on minute restrictions.

Holiday has played in two games – about 15 minutes in each – since returning last Friday from a lower right leg injury that sidelined him for 41 straight games.

For the season, Holiday, a former Eastern Conference All-Star with Philadelphia, has averaged 14.9 points and 6.9 assists in 39 games.