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Prominent Pelican Holiday back in 5-on-5 action after long rehab, Anderson soon to follow.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, right, defends New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Holiday missed more than half of last season with a stress fracture in his right tibia, which was surgically repaired on late February. Holiday recently started participating in five-on-five scrimmages and expected to participate fully in training camp, which begins Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, right, defends New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Holiday missed more than half of last season with a stress fracture in his right tibia, which was surgically repaired on late February. Holiday recently started participating in five-on-five scrimmages and expected to participate fully in training camp, which begins Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Jan. 3, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson flashes a thumb-up while being taken off the court on a stretcher following an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Anderson hasn't played since a hard collision with Celtics’ Gerald Wallace left Anderson with a herniated disk in his neck. He had surgery in April and recently has been cleared by doctors to play without restrictions. He expects to participate fully in training camp which begins Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

    In this Jan. 3, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson flashes a thumb-up while being taken off the court on a stretcher following an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Anderson hasn't played since a hard collision with Celtics’ Gerald Wallace left Anderson with a herniated disk in his neck. He had surgery in April and recently has been cleared by doctors to play without restrictions. He expects to participate fully in training camp which begins Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)  (The Associated Press)

Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday has been feeling the best kind of pain this week — that general muscle soreness that comes from finally playing the sport he loves again.

Sharp-shooting forward Ryan Anderson will have that same feeling in a week or so, and he can't wait.

The prominent pair of Pelicans have been medically cleared for 5-on-5, full-speed court action after months of rehabilitation from surgery.

Neither has played since last January. A frightening collision with Gerald Wallace in Boston left Anderson with a herniated disk in his neck. Holiday, meanwhile, was sidelined with a stress fracture in his right tibia.

Holiday says he's still trying to regain his rhythm on the court. Anderson says he feels normal and not hesitant to return.