Tyreke Evans Out 1-2 Weeks due to Ankle Sprain

The New Orleans Pelicans announced that guard Tyreke Evans will miss between 1-2 weeks with a sprained left ankle. From the team website: “The Pelicans (9-10) announced Monday that Tyreke Evans will be out 1-2 weeks with a sprained left ankle, the same injury that caused Evans to miss six preseason games. Evans joins (Anthony) Davis and reserve center Greg Stiemsma on the New Orleans injury list, leaving the Pelicans with just 12 available players. A year ago, New Orleans began 2012-13 at an encouraging 3-2, but after an extended stretch of missed games by Davis and Eric Gordon, the then-Hornets lost 21 of their next 24 games. By the time Gordon debuted on Dec. 29, any hopes of contending for the playoffs were already extinguished. [….] “(Austin Rivers) has the ability to come in and do some of the things that Tyreke has done,” said head coach Monty Williams, whose wing depth has limited Rivers to a total of just 10 December minutes. “That’s why you’ve got to keep your mind right, because he’s going to get a chance to do that. Guys have to step up. We’re not going to sit here and roll over because we have a few guys out. I’ve never been that way. Our bench has to play a lot better. Guys who have an opportunity to play have to step up. We’ve got to get better, that’s the bottom line.'”