OAKLAND – New Orleans guard Tyreke Evans suffered a left knee injury in the first half of Game 1 against the Warriors, and his status is in question for Monday’s Game 2.
New Orleans coach Monty Williams said after the game he was “not sure” about the severity Evans’ injury. An MRI was scheduled for later on Saturday.
“He got hit pretty hard on his knee and something happened,” Williams said. "I’m not quite sure yet. I think he had a little bit of swelling in his knee, so we don’t know if he jarred something or if he just had an irritation.”
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Williams said the injury was not something that was preexisting with Evans.
Evans was the Pelicans’ second leading scorer in the regular season, averaging 16.6 points per game, but played just 11:34 on Saturday at Oracle Arena with one point and one rebound. The Warriors won, 106-99, taking a 1-0 series lead.
Norris Cole took most of Evans’ minutes in the second half, scoring eight points on 3-for-10 shooting from the floor.
If Evans is out, “I’ll be ready,” Cole said. “Obviously we want Tyreke to be healthy, but if he’s not, everyone else has to be ready. It’s a team sport and this is the playoffs. You can’t hold anything back.”
Jrue Holiday said: “Obviously we need him. He’s a big part of our team. … We want Tyreke to come back, but if not we’re just going to have to fight without him and go from there.”