Tyreke Evans Injury: Updates on Pelicans Guard's Knee and Return

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New Orleans Pelicans' Tyreke Evans waits for a pass during an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Monday, March 9, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
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New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans suffered a right knee injury against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. However, he has been cleared to return to the court. 

Continue for updates.

Evans Active vs. Hornets

Friday, Jan. 15

John Reid of NOLA.com reported Evans will play against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

Evans Had Fluid Drained From Knee

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Evans said he would have his knee drained, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. 

Injury-Plagued Evans Continues to Struggle With Consistency 

It's been a frustrating 2015 for Evans, who was forced to miss the first 17 games of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee just a week before the beginning of the regular season. 

Prior to this injury, Evans had taken over starting duties at shooting guard, averaging 16.7 points. He's been a bit rusty, and head coach Alvin Gentry knew he had to make adjustments. 

"The thing that we're trying to make (Evans) understand is that, when he gives it up, we're going to give it back to him," he told the Advocate's Brett Dawson. "He wants the ball moving from one side of the floor to the other via passes, rather than having a single player dribble the ball for seconds at a time."

But Evans said the plan "kind of messed my rhythm up a little bit."   

The Pelicans have Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday, but Evans' return will give them a much-needed lift in the backcourt. 


Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.