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- The Pelicans added forward Luke Babbitt to their roster Tuesday, a nod to New Orleans’ injury situation at the position. Forward Ryan Anderson hasn’t played since herniated a disc in his back on Jan. 3 while forward/center Jason Smith saw his season end when surgery was required to clean out lose cartilage from his right knee. “He’s a guy that can shoot the ball and also has the ability to play the three,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said Wednesday. “In a pinch, he can play some four. I worked him out. … He’s a serious kid and I’m looking forward to getting him in.”
- Speaking of injuries, the Pelicans (20-27) could be without guard Tyreke Evans, who injured his ribs during Monday night’s loss to San Antonio. Evans is averaging 12.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists this season. “He got some treatment (Tuesday) and he went through some of the workout this morning,” Williams said. Evans wasn’t in the locker room during pregame media availability.
- In four games against New Orleans last season, forward Paul Millsap averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists. New Orleans hasn’t had an answer for him over the course of his career. Of course, many other teams haven’t, either, and this season he’s averaging 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists this season. He’s one of only three players in the NBA this season to average at least 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block per game.
- Atlanta (25-22) saw its two-game win streak snapped Tuesday night against an Indianapolis team whose length proved difficult for the Hawks to handle. Atlanta will face a less-veteran and less-long team tonight in New Orleans. Not that it will be any easier to get to the rim. “It’s about (Anthony) Davis. He’s a really good young player,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He’s got great length and does a lot of things extremely well. He’ll have a big impact on the defensive end of the floor with blocked shots and his overall play.”
– Bradley Handwerger