PHOENIX — New Orleans Pelicans ahead Brandon Ingram got here to Tuesday night time’s postgame information convention together with his proper ring and pinkie fingers taped up in black athletic tape, however he insisted he’ll be good to go for Recreation 6 on Thursday.
“It’s superb,” Ingram mentioned following the Pelicans’ 112-97 loss to the Phoenix Suns. “It received somewhat banged up through the sport, however I’ll be all proper.”
With 4:07 remaining, Ingram drove baseline and was met on the rim by Suns heart Deandre Ayton. Ingram crashed to the ground and landed on his bottom but additionally jammed his two fingers within the course of.
On the following Pelicans possession, Ingram misplaced the ball in a crowd of Suns after taking successful to his elbow and hand, inflicting him to increase his arm downward as he was heading again up the courtroom.
“[The fingers] received jammed. They’re fairly sore proper now,” Ingram mentioned. “However nothing that therapy can’t repair and get higher by subsequent sport.”
The harm occurred because the Pelicans have been making an attempt to make their ultimate push to get the Suns’ lead right down to a two-possession sport.
When Ayton fouled Ingram, Ingram made one among two free throws to chop the result in 100-93, one among thrice the Pelicans have been capable of lower the result in seven within the fourth quarter. Every time, the Suns answered.
After he injured his fingers, Ingram had one turnover and was 0-for-3 from the sector.
It was an off night time for Ingram total, who regardless of ending with 22 factors was 7-of-19 from the sector, 1-of-5 from 3 and 7-of-11 from the road.
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In reality, the Pelicans didn’t shoot nicely as a workforce, capturing 40% from the sector and 5-of-25 from distance.
“Yeah, we gotta get off to raised begins particularly in opposition to the sort of workforce, they usually feed off the gang,” mentioned Pelicans guard CJ McCollum, who had 21 factors on 7-of-22 capturing.
“They began making photographs, occurring runs and scoring in transition, however we received to do a greater job. However you knew was going to be a dogfight. We knew we have been going to compete, and it’s encouraging, you understand, that to have an opportunity to type of lower it to a two-possession or one-possession sport, however it shouldn’t come right down to that. We gotta get stops, we received to maintain the ball. These are issues that you may management.”
The Pelicans and Suns will sq. off Thursday night time in New Orleans in Recreation 6.