Biloxi Blues, Reds, and Golds

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Published: October 13, 2013
Monty Williams worked with Jeff Withey on his post offense and post D on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans opened their home preseason schedule with a win in Biloxi over the Atlanta Hawks, 105-73. The Hawks never led after the Pelicans opened on a 9-0 run. Davis and Anderson scored at least 20 points each, while Morrow, Rivers, Aminu, and Holiday scored at least 10.

A 56% FG% and 18 of 21 from the line were high spots. 21 turnovers was the dark spot of the day.

There were no injuries in the game.

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis continued his high level of preseason performance. 23 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals, 4 turnovers, 4 fouls in 27 minutes. He had a nice alley-oop from Roberts and showed nice effort during his 3 quarters.

Greg Stiemsma, Arinze Onuaku, Jeff Withey

Jason Smith tweaked his hip, so he did not play. He should be ready for Thursday against the Thunder.

Steimsma started the game better than the other 3. He went 1 of 2 from the field, blocked a shot, and grabbed 3 rebounds in the first, committing just one foul. He added 2 rebounds and an assist in his 2:30 in the second quarter. He added another rebound later bringing his total to 6.

Arinze Onuaku’s first 3 minutes saw 2 of 2 free throws, 2 fouls, and a turnover. It did not really get much better afterwards. He grabbed 2 rebounds, but had 5 fouls and 3 turnovers (some were the same) in just 10 minutes.

Withey looked better. 6 points on 4 shots over 10 minutes. 6 rebounds, 1 steal, no turnovers.

Upcoming Games

The Pelicans travel to Tulsa later with week to take on the Thunder Thursday night at 7 pm CDT (UTS -5). 105.3 FM and the radio network will broadcast the game, and the rest of the preseason games, along with Fox Sports Oklahoma. Fox Sports New Orleans will be not air the game or any other preseason game

Saturday, the Pelicans take on the Wizards at the University of Kentucky, which will be a homecoming of sorts for the Wildcats on the both teams’ rosters: Anthony Davis, Darius Miller, John Wall. That game is at 6 pm CDT (UTS -5). LSU’s Garrett Temple is also on the Wizards roster.

Wednesday, October 23, the Heat come to New Orleans to play the Pelicans. The game will be the first in the renovated New Orleans Arena and tips at 7 pm CDT (UTC -5).

The Pelicans close the preseason in Orlando in a rematch of their contest in Jacksonville. The game is Friday, October 25th at 6 pm CDT (UTS -5).

After that, it’s finally on to games that count, starting Wednesday, October 30 at 7 pm CDT (UTC -5), against the Indiana Pacers in the New Orleans Arena.

Open Practice

The Pelicans are having an open practice at the New Orleans Arena on Saturday, October 26 from 11 am to 1 pm.

5 comments
Pelican Poster
Pelican Poster

Very encouraged by today's performance from our team, especially considering they did so without Smith, Gordon, Evans. Great job by Aminu defensively today on Korver...just about shut him down completely and hit some shots to score in double figures!  Withey not too bad today...would be great if he can develop to be our future center???

504ever
504ever

Holiday very efficient today..  He scored his 13 points on only 8 shots, and had only 2 turnovers to go with 6 assists  (team highs in assists and assist/turnover ratio) while working the point!  He had 2 steals, too.  Those are nice numbers for only 27 minutes of playing time.

slapdoghoops
slapdoghoops

Question: how come neither Tyreke Evans or Eric Gordon have played as of yet.? are they injured? 

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes moderator

@slapdoghoops Tyreke played a few minutes against Houston, but hurt his ankle landing after a shot. He has been practicing and should return Thursday, per the team. That can, of course, change. 

Gordon was cleared just prior to camp after his ankle scope in May. He's practiced some, but was limited due to conditioning. He's passed his conditioning tests and should be fully participating this week.

He is supposed to be "more than ready" for opening night, and some expect him to play some sooner.

slapdoghoops
slapdoghoops

@Jason Calmes @slapdoghoops Hopefully they will be ready by opening tip off because I was salivating to see an Evans, Holiday, and Gordon backcourt with Davis anchoring the paint at the four or five. I see a fast placed offense with that lineup with Davis taking a Lamar Odom type role pushing up the ball after a rebound and causing plenty of matchup problems.