December 23, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says forward Terrence Jones is unable to play in Friday night's game against Miami because of nausea and stomach problems.

Jones has been among New Orleans' more productive scorers in the front court. He is averaging nearly 11 points per game and scored 21 points in a loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

Gentry says it's unclear whether Jones' absence will lead to more playing time for 7-foot centers Omer Asik or Alexis Ajinca because the Heat tends to use a lot of small lineups.

New Orleans often moves 6-11 star Anthony Davis from power forward to center when opposing teams use relatively small lineups and do not have a physically imposing center on the court.

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