New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday To Return to action on Tuesday November 15th 2016 according to ESPN.
A key piece to the success of the Pelicans in recent years and a viable scoring threat behind Anthony Davis, the starting point guard has missed the first nine games during which the Pelicans have compiled a 1-8 record, in order to care for his wife Lauren. During the Christmas holidays of 2015, Lauren received news that doctors discovered a benign tumor on the right side of her brain. Lauren, a retired soccer star who played for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2007–2015, was about six months pregnant at the time of the diagnosis. She was scheduled to have surgery after giving birth last month.
Jrue Holiday said in early September that “My family comes before basketball, I’m obviously blessed to play this game and be in the position I am in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world to me. She comes before anything else.” News spread throughout the team, league and amongst Pelicans fans who gave full support to them both during their difficult ordeal. His upcoming return is positive news to the Pelicans who notched their first victory of the season after losing eight straight games. Holiday, the fiery 26-year-old, is coming off a strong 2015-16 season where he averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game and will replace Tim Frazier who did an amazing job averaging 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
An improved front court should help to improve The Pelicans offense which often lacks spark and results in early deficits where in several games, The Pelicans have fell behind early because of poor offensive movement and flow. This should be positive news for Buddy Hield who should be able to get into the game’s flow more efficiently and hopefully get increased shot opportunities because of an additional scoring threat in Holiday.
The Pelicans remain without Tyreke Evans who suffered a knee injury and normally average 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game and Quincy Pondexter.