New Orleans Pelicans sixth man Tyreke Evans’ status remains in question for the first game in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, which tips off at 8:30 p.m. Friday (ESPN, Pelicans Radio Network) vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. Evans sustained an injury to his ribs during Monday’s game against San Antonio, forcing him to sit out Wednesday vs. Atlanta. Evans said at this morning’s shootaround that he has torn cartilage in his ribs, an injury he believes stemmed from taking an accidental elbow from an opposing player.

“I’m just taking it a step at a time,” Evans said of trying to return to the floor four days after initially receiving the painful injury. The fifth-year NBA veteran said he is experiencing discomfort when he tries to do some of his dribble moves. He participated in Pelicans shootaround today in non-contact aspects of the practice.

“I can move up and down, side to side. We’re going to see (if I can play),” Evans said. “I went through everything except contact. Everything’s fine shooting.”