Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson hoping to return Saturday

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson Show caption
Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson

Saturday could be the official start of the season for Ryan Anderson.

The New Orleans Pelicans forward said Friday that he expects to play at 7 p.m. Saturday when the Philadelphia 76ers visit the New Orleans Arena. Anderson, who finished second in the NBA in 3-pointers made last season, missed the team’s first nine games with a chip fracture of the second toe on his right foot. He had begun feeling pain in the toe during practice two days before the Oct. 30 season opener.

He was set to miss one to three weeks. This past Wednesday marked two weeks, and his status has been day-to-day since Nov. 8.

“That’s the plan,” Anderson said of returning Saturday. “I first have to get checked out by (the medical staff).”

He practiced Friday morning and, while working on his jump shot, leapt for a rebound and dunked hard, landing with no problems.

“It’s feeling much better,” he said.