Holiday to make season debut Friday
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday will play for the first time this season Friday night against the Trail Blazers, GM Dell Demps said Tuesday.
Holiday has been on indefinite leave since summer to care for his wife, retired international soccer star Lauren Holiday, who had brain surgery last month, just weeks after giving birth to the couple’s daughter.
Demps said he expects Holiday’s return to be gratifying for Pelicans players and staff on both personal and professional levels.
“He’s just a great person — just bringing him back and getting him back with the group, from a social standpoint,” is most important, Demps said. “From a basketball standpoint, we don’t want to put pressure on him and make him feel like he’s the savior.”
Celtics C Al Horford returned to practice but still is dealing with the lingering effects of a concussion he suffered during practice Oct. 31 and is uncertain when he’ll play again. The Celtics have gone 3-4 in the seven games Horford has missed. ... Cavs GJ. R. Smith missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle. Richard Jefferson started in his place against the Raptors.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cam Atkinson scored 37 seconds into overtime as the Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Capitals, 2-1, Tuesday night.
Atkinson buried a wrist shot off a faceoff from the right circle past Washington goaltender Philipp Grubauer to win the game and extend Columbus’ home winning streak to six.
Zach Werenski scored the tying goal with just under seven minutes remaining for the Blue Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots.
Nicklas Backstrom scored late in the second period for the Capitals, and Grubauer finished with 20 saves.
Columbus started slowly, struggling to penetrate Washington’s defense and getting off just 12 shots in the first two periods.
Backstrom scored his second goal of the season when he skated through traffic and shot from the right circle past Bobrovsky’s glove side with 4:17 left in the second. The Blue Jackets tied it with 6:58 left in the third when Werenski rocketed a wrist shot off the post and past Grubauer.