NEW ORLEANS - The
injury-riddled New Orleans Pelicans could soon be getting some firepower
back in the form of sharp-shooting swingman Tyreke Evans.
looking at Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors to make his return
from an injured left ankle.
feeling a little better. It's frustrating," Evans said. "This is the first
time I've ever turned the same ankle twice in one year."
admits he probably came back from the initial sprain too quickly. This is the fourth time Evans' ankle has forced him to sit out this season. He doesn't want to
risk tweaking it again, yet he's also anxious to help his team.
have been playing hard every night, trying to win and competing with teams,"
Evans said. "For me just watching, I definitely see a lot of things out
there I can do to help. I've just got to keep getting treatment, and hopefully
I can come back soon."
his ankle last Friday against the Dallas Mavericks, but that's not the
only issue with his left foot. Evans also is battling a bone bruise on his
ankle that he thinks he sustained Jan. 3 in what's shaping up to have been
an infamous game in Boston.
felt sore. I really couldn't push off, and I knew something was wrong," Evans
said. "I don't remember hitting anybody, but I do remember banging knees
with Gerald Wallace."
unintentionally wreaked havoc on the Pelicans lineup that night, also colliding
with forward Ryan Anderson in an accident that's left Anderson sidelined for at
least 2 months with herniated discs, possibly requiring surgery.
training staff is using laser stem ultra sound treatment to send
electrical impulses into Evans' ankle to stimulate the healing process.
trying to get the bone bruise to heal up," Evans said.
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