New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry has described his team's current run of injuries as 'comical'.
Despite beating the New York Knicks 99-91 on Monday, the win came at a price with two more injuries added to the ever-growing casualty list on the team's roster.
Alonzo Gee went down in the third quarter with a right quad injury and point guard Jrue Holiday had to leave the game in the final minutes due to a right eye injury, forcing Gentry to call for any kind of help to address the team's unfortunate run of injuries.
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"I am gonna send out an all-points bulletin to anybody in the French Quarter or anywhere else," Gentry said after the game. "We need a voodoo doctor or something here. We've gotta find the bones under this place. We've got to do something because this is becoming comical."
The Pelicans have already shut down Anthony Davis (knee and shoulder), Quincy Pondexter (left knee), Tyreke Evans (right knee), Eric Gordon (right finger) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (right wrist) for the remainder of the season.
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On top of that, Ryan Anderson missed his fifth straight game with a left groin injury and Norris Cole was out for his 11th consecutive match with a lower-back injury.
As a result, the Pelicans have used 36 starting lineups this season, which is the most in the NBA.
Holiday, who returned to the team after missing two games with a left toe injury, was struck in the face by Kristaps Porzingis with 56.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter and Gentry confirmed that he will need to have his orbital socket examined.
"It's frightening because we needed to add another ball handler in the game, and I look down the bench and we had [centers] Omer [Asik], [Kendrick Perkins] and Alexis [Ajinca] there," Gentry said. "I didn't really feel comfortable with them as a ball handler in the game.
"I don't know, I think you've got to laugh at it. I don't know what more we can do. We now have over 100 points a game sitting out. If we score seven the next game, just understand it."
With spaces on the roster opening up with each game, Gentry joked that players in the D-League are eagerly anticipating a phone call and to be given a chance.
"Every guy in the D-League right now is sitting by his phone going, 'OK. This might be my chance,'" Gentry said with a laugh. "What are we gonna do?"
In the final minute of the encounter, play was interrupted momentarily when a young fan wandered onto the court to hug Knicks star Carmelo Anthony before returning to his seat in the stands.
Gentry described the moment as "great" but also jokingly added: "Got to be careful, though. He could slip and fall and hurt himself, OK?"