When the Phoenix Suns play host to the New Orleans Pelicans.
With the Suns off to a surprising 33-24 start and looking like a safe bet to make the playoffs and the Pelicans, featuring the top overall pick of the 2012 draft and a player who is quickly becoming a superstar in power forward Anthony Davis, it seems like a good idea.
However, both teams have been hit hard by the injury bug – the Suns have been without breakout guard Eric Bledsoe and the Pelicans have been missing starting point guard Jrue Holiday and power forward Ryan Anderson, who was the Pelicans’ leading scorer before going out with a herniated disc.
On Friday night, the injuries could take an even bigger toll as both teams may be without their best player, according to ESPN.com.
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek says it will be a game-time decision whether Goran Dragic plays Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Meanwhile, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis says his injured shoulder is improved but coach Monty Williams says the star forward’s participation Friday will also be a game-time decision.
Dragic did not sound as optimistic as Davis. The Suns’ playmaker says his injured right ankle still is quite sore and he needs to be at 100 percent to play the way he needs to play
The Pelicans and Suns will tip-off at 10:30 pm EST.