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New Orleans Pelicans small forward Matt Ryan (elbow) won't play in Thursday's in-season tournament semifinal against the Lakers, missing a 10th consecutive game. Ryan initially landed on the shelf with a calf problem, but he's now dealing with a right elbow sprain. The 26-year-old played a pretty decent role for the Pelicans when he was healthy, but with other injuries clearing up, Ryan will probably find it difficult to earn consistent minutes once he's ready to return.
New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum (lung) has been removed from the injury report ahead of Monday's in-season tournament clash against the Kings. McCollum returned from a collapsed lung last week but sat out the previous game against Chicago. He looked good in the two outings he had and even logged a season-high 38 minutes in the second game, so McCollum should be a full go on Monday. McCollum is capable of giving fantasy managers something of everything, as he's averaged 21.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 9.0 blocks, and 1.8 steals for the season.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Matt Ryan (elbow) has been ruled out for the team's in-season tournament game on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings. The 26-year-old has been dealing with a right elbow issue that has kept him out of the last eight consecutive games with a ninth upcoming. The sharpshooting forward was playing around 22 minutes per contest before he got hurt and he mainly contributed threes for fantasy managers. With the rest of the team getting healthier, this shouldn't affect the lineup too much.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III made his season debut on Friday but then missed the second half of the back-to-back so that he didn't overdo it right out of the gate. He's off of the injury report again ahead of the team's knockout-stage game in the in-season tournament on Monday night. He'll likely see around 20-to-25 minutes again like he did in his first game back as he gets acclimated to game speed again. Murphy was a solid depth piece for fantasy managers in deep leagues last year as he averaged 14.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado (ankle) will play in Saturday's meeting with the Chicago Bulls. The 25-year-old missed the start of the season before making his 2023-24 debut in mid-November. He was gradually ramping up his minutes. However, he sat out Friday's loss to the Spurs because of a sprained ankle. Nevertheless, with CJ McCollum getting the night off to rest, Alvarado should see some action, although likely not enough to be trusted for fantasy lineups.