Omer Asik Injury: Updates on Pelicans Center Ankle and Return

Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 25:  Omer Asik #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts to an officials call during the second half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Smoothie King Center on January 25, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik hasn't played since suffering a right ankle sprain against the Detroit Pistons on Feb. 21. However, he's ready to return.

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Asik Active vs. Jazz

Saturday, March 5

Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate reported Asik will start Saturday against Utah.

Asik a Stabilizing Force for Pelicans Despite Lackluster Production

Although Asik doesn't put up big numbers while playing limited minutes alongside the often dominant Anthony Davis, he's still a notable piece of the Pelicans' rotation. He takes some pressure off the face of the franchise with reliable play in the paint when called upon.

He's battled various minor injuries in recent years. More notably, he missed an extended stretch during the 2013-14 campaign due to a lingering knee problem. He missed the start of the current season due to a calf issue suffered during training camp.

Asik won't bolster the Pelicans much on the score sheet, but his defensive presence will make it more difficult to score in the paint.