Tyreke Evans was slated to start the New Orleans Pelicans’ Friday night game against the Phoenix Suns, and he made it to the U.S. Airways Center on time, but just barely.

Why? He was trapped in an elevator at the team’s hotel in Phoenix.

It doesn’t get much stranger than that. Just about nothing has gone right for New Orleans this season — extended injuries to Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday have all but taken them out of the playoff hunt, and Anthony Davis has missed time as well. And now this.