Pelicans’ Holiday sidelined with ankle injury

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday.

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The Pelicans have lost starting point guard Jrue Holiday for the near future to a right ankle injury.

Holiday’s ankle is inflamed; the pain started flaring up during Monday’s game in Boston versus the Celtics. Holiday sat out the second half and is now day-to-day.

"We’re not going to put a timetable on Jrue," head coach Monty Williams said. "One thing our fans have to understand is that if Jrue is in pain, he’s in pain. He plays through a lot of stuff. I had to be the his brains the other day in Boston. I sat him down. He wanted to keep going, but I didn’t like what I saw from him."

The concern amongst inner circles is that Holiday’s injury could develop into something more serious than inflammation. The swelling is high on Holiday’s ankle, a place that can prove hard to heal. It’s also on his right side. Holiday lost much of last season, 48 games to be exact, to a stress fracture on his right shin. Doctors operated to correct the issue in Holiday’s tibia.

Holiday plays hard, night in and out, putting a lot of pressure on his lower extremities with the way he starts and stops.

No doubt he’d love to be back in action Friday when the Pelicans head to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers, the team that drafted Holiday in 2009.

Until Holiday is back on the court, expect Williams to address the point guard position by committee: Tyreke Evans and Jimmer Fredette handling the ball; Eric Gordon picking up some of the defensive work. Newcomers Quincy Pondexter and Nate Walters may see more minutes sooner than expected as well.