Pregame report: Magic at Pelicans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
News and updates from the New Orleans Arena prior to Sunday’s game interconference game between Orlando and New Orleans:
• Tyreke Evans (illness) is a game-time decision for New Orleans. If he plays, the Pelicans will have 11 available players for the first time in several games. Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Jason Smith remain out for New Orleans (17-25).
• Orlando’s injury report includes Nikola Vucevic (concussion) and Ronnie Price (foot), who both are listed as out for Sunday’s game.
• Monty Williams on the Magic, who drained 11 three-pointers in the Nov. 1 meeting between these clubs, en route to a 110-90 victory: “They spread the floor and put three or four shooters on the floor. The thing about that is they have guys who can attack the basket also. You’ve got to be able to guard the ball for at least two dribbles, and not try to overhelp.”
• Williams on Pelicans point guard Brian Roberts, who has played well after struggling in his first few starts after the Jrue Holiday injury: “He’s been steady for us. We need that every night.”
• A Super Bowl 48 prediction from a grinning Williams: “It’s going to be cold.”
• Today’s 4:30 p.m. (Central) Fox Sports New Orleans pregame show will feature an interview with LSU product Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who sat down with Jen Hale. Davis is Orlando’s starting center.