Pelicans' Holiday out vs. Rockets with knee injury

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday will miss Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets with a left knee sprain and should be day-to-day in his recovery, multiple sources told ESPN.

Holiday injured the knee on a drive with 5:18 left in the third quarter in Friday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Holiday’s ankle turned as he was fouled and his knee was injured in the process. He made both free throws and played the rest of the game.

Sources told ESPN that the Pelicans had an MRI done on Holiday’s knee Friday night and it revealed no structural damage.

It was a relief for New Orleans, which is already without No. 1 pick Zion Williamson for six to eight weeks because of a torn meniscus.

Holiday has struggled from the floor in the first two games. He’s averaging 10.5 points and 7.0 assists, but he’s 8-of-26 from the floor and 1-of-9 from deep.

Holiday is spending a lot of his energy on the defensive end of the floor.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Holiday, a first-team All-Defensive team selection in 2017-18 and a second-team honoree last season, is holding opponents to a 37.9 shooting percentage (11-of-29).

In the opener against Toronto, Holiday held Pascal Siakam to 0-of-5 shooting when he was the primary defender, and he held Luka Doncic to 3-of-9 shooting on Friday.

After playing at Houston on Saturday, the Pelicans host the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

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