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- Pelicans sharpshooter Ryan Anderson remains in a Boston hospital after being diagnosed with a cervical stinger in their 95-92 win Friday night in Boston. With team personnel present, Anderson, who was taken off on a stretcher last night, has been undergoing a series of tests. “We ask all of our fans, and people who aren’t our fans, to pray for him and his family,” said Pelicans coach Monty Williams, who still hasn’t personally spoken with his player. “He’s had a rough year. He’s a strong kid, but he’s still had a rough year.”
- Pelicans center Jason Smith will miss his fourth straight game due to a left shoulder sprain.
- Pacers recalled Solomon Hill from the D-League, after he played two games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In two games, the Pacers’ rookie averaged 17 points and 3.5 rebounds in 29.5 minutes per game. “It’s helpful to get work playing, but we don’t want him to be away from the team too much because you fall behind a little bit,” said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. “We’re going to try to keep him with the team as much as possible and if we see opportunities, we’ll look at those.”
- Indiana has the league’s best defense, allowing just over 89 points per game. New Orleans is 3-12 this season when held below the century mark.
- The Pacers starting lineup remains the same: George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert.
- New Orleans will start Jrue Holiday, Indianapolis native Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Anthony Davis and Alexis Ajinca.
- Indiana faces its second straight opponent that with a win, can move them to .500 on the season.
– Scott Agness