New Orleans Pelicans’ Eric Gordon to Play Tonight Against Thunder

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Published: October 17, 2013

The New Orleans Pelicans are on the road tonight to face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Tulsa at 7. The game is not being televised in New Orleans but the game will be on FS Oklahoma and appears to be on League Pass tonight according to the Cox guide here in New Orleans. Also, the game will be broadcast on WWL radio 105.3 FM in New Orleans and the rest of the radio network.

Expect the Pelicans to continue playing their usual starters in Holiday, Aminu, Davis and Stiemsma with the one difference being the returning Eric Gordon instead of Morrow and Rivers who started in the 4 prior games. Tyreke Evans is still listed as day-to-day, which to the Pelicans fans most like means he’s out for tonight. Jason Smith, who suffered a hip injury prior to Sunday’s game against the Hawks appears to be out tonight.

The main story of the night will be Aminu defending Kevin Durant. This is a make or break season for Aminu in his fourth year. If the Pelicans want to push for a playoff spot they will need him to, at the very least, become a strong defender. He has worked with the Pelicans’ coaches all summer to improve on that side of the ball, and Durant, who is averaging 27 points per game in the preseason, is going to be a good measuring stick of his progress. No one is expecting him to mark Durant out of the game tonight, but he at least needs to fight hard and try to slow down the league’s second best player.

But overall, tonight, expect more of the same. Monty has said he wants to keep trying to build synergy between players so expect to see a lot of the Holiday/Davis combination with Anderson and now Gordon spotting up for kickouts. Let us know your prediction for tonight’s game in the comments!

7 Comments

  1. zlwool

    October 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Just a note — I don’t think Smith’s injury came during the ATL game.  I was there in Biloxi.  Smith didn’t play.

  2. Caffeinedisaster

    October 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I predict I MAY actually get to watch it.
    And Durant goes for 20 in 1st half.  Sits most of 2nd.
    Brow gets 20-10-3 blocks

  3. mazonmafia

    October 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    My prediction is that EG10 plays limited minutes.  Game becomes a small ball game with Ibaka and Davis playing the 5 and 3 guards on the court for both teams for periods of time.  Jrue will have less than 5 turnovers.

  4. Caffeinedisaster

    October 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Gordon’s looking good so far. 1/1 from three.
    Just started heating up tied at 13 and timeout by coach Monty. Durante has hurt finger from aminu/Davis mug-steal. Mainly got hit by HUGE screen from Ibaka but poked the ball out while Davis recovered.

  5. Caffeinedisaster

    October 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Davis with 2 fouls in first 6 minutes. BOTH moving screens.

  6. Caffeinedisaster

    October 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Aminu has 2 steals and 3 layups in first 8 minutes. Good D.

  7. mateor

    October 17, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I guess that you deleted my comment. Just a long time reader saying I didn’t understand the article I was commenting on. What an agressive way to handle that.

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