New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday said he doesn’t know how long he will be sidelined with a stress fracture in his right tibia, but he suggested it could be a month.
The team said Holiday will be out indefinitely, the latest in a spate of injuries that have hit the Pelicans. Forward Ryan Anderson also is out indefinitely with a herniated disk.
“I really couldn’t tell you (when the injury happened),” Holiday said before Friday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks at the New Orleans Arena. “It’s been a minute. ... I’m sure everybody in (the locker room), their shins have hurt at one time. It’s part of the game. But the last couple of games, I felt a little different.”
Asked when he thought he would return, Holiday said, “It’s up to my leg.”
“I’m going to go back, get MRIs, CT scans and see what happens,” he said, adding that would happen in “probably” a month’s time.
Coach Monty Williams said Holiday had been putting an ice pack or a heat pack on his leg “for at least the last couple of weeks.”
“It’s probably just pushing through it and not knowing it was a fracture,” Williams said.
Holiday said when the “nagging pain” grew worse after the Pelicans’ game Wednesday against Washington, he told trainer Jon Ishop, and X-rays were taken. The Pelicans announced the stress fracture before Friday morning’s shoot-around. Holiday said the fracture is in the middle of the tibia, near the top.
“(The doctor said) it was a nice little fracture,” he said. “It wasn’t completely to the outside of the bone — kind of like an open Pac-Man — but there is a crack in there. ... You can’t put a number on how people heal. So it’s going to take time.”
Holiday was held out of the fourth quarter against Washington. He said that was Williams’ decision; the Pelicans trailed by 21 points entering the period and ended up losing 102-96.
Holiday struggled in his past four games, scoring four, eight, four and eight points. He averaged 6.0 points on 31.4 percent shooting (11-of-35) and 5.5 assists.
For the season, he has averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds. Holiday is valued as a tough on-the-ball defender who can disrupt the opposing offense and as a point guard capable of carrying the team for stretches with his ability to drive and shoot from outside.
Backup point guard Brian Roberts started Friday’s game, the first of back-to-back matchups against the Mavericks and the start of a stretch of four consecutive games against Southwest Division opponents.
“It’s just another opportunity for me,” Roberts said. “It’s unfortunate that Jrue is going to be out for a little bit, so we just have to have guys rally around and pick up the slack.”
Other than Holiday’s and Anderson’s injuries, the Pelicans have had to endure a broken left hand that kept power forward Anthony Davis out for seven games and backup center Greg Stiemsma missing six weeks with a sprained left knee. Shooting guard Eric Gordon missed three games in late December with a bruised right hip. Also, Anderson started the season sidelined with a broken left toe and backup Darius Miller had a stress fracture in his left foot.
Roberts started in place of Gordon at Houston on Dec. 28 and scored five points. He started two games last season and had memorable performances replacing starter Greivis Vasquez: He played 43 minutes in a home victory against Portland on March 10 and had a career-high 18 assists in a win over Denver on March 25.
“I’m trying to keep that streak going,” Roberts said. “I think, mentally, having that experience is going to help me.”