The Pelicans Take Down the Pistons at Home

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Published: January 21, 2016

The Pelicans almost put together a complete game tonight against the Pistons. Really, the only thing missing was the 3 ball, but that was to be expected when Gordon went down for a few weeks. There was also a brief lull in the 3rd quarter, but they did finish the game as strong as they have all season. Also, should we really complain about a game where Asik goes four for four from the free throw line?

The answer is no. No, we shouldn’t complain.

Here are some of my thoughts and observations.

  • Replacing Gordon – In the preview post, I said I expected Alonzo Gee and Norris Cole to get some extra minutes. Those guys played around 17 minutes more than their season average. Toney Douglas took some of the minutes, as well. Alexis Ajinca got some run tonight too, though that probably had more to do with the competition than the injury report. We only got one minute of Luke Babbitt.
  • Anthony Davis – Not exactly a huge stat line, but 32 points on 23 shots is always impressive. He did add 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. AD looks focused. I think he might not be thrilled with not being named an All Star starter (for pride and financial reasons).
  • Tyreke Evans – He was great tonight, and he was actually pretty efficient… He was put into some very different positions tonight, which brings me too…
  • Pelicans Offense – The Pelicans are starting to look a bit different on offense. The go to play to end the game tonight was the Anthony Davis – Tyreke Evans pick and roll. Of course, there was some derivations here and there. Sometimes it was out of horns with Ryno. Other times Ryno was in the corner. This change in offensive philosophy has been happening over the last few games so it isn’t about Gordon. Maybe we are seeing Gentry meet his roster half way. Gentry may have said as much in his post game interview when he said, “So, this is kind of like what I envisioned, being able to run guys and spread the floor.” So.. kind of like that.
  • Andre Drummond – Is a monster. Full stop. Yes, his stats were absurd, but watching a man that big play defense that far away from the basket like that is incredible. He hasn’t put it all together yet, but if he does, I’ll trade anything to get him next to Anthony Davis.
  • Norris Cole – He wasn’t efficient, but he had a well rounded stat line. It’s hard to be upset.
  • KCP and Brandon Jennings – Remember when I said that one of the Pistons’ average shooters would go off against us? Well, KCP’s 3 point average this year was 32.2%. He went 3-7 (42.9%) tonight. Jennings was averaging 28.1%. He went 3-6. Ah, to be a Pelicans fans. Nevertheless, we held the Pistons below 100 points. Let’s just be happy.
  • Playoffs – You’re about to hear a lot about the Pelicans and the playoffs.  Right now, the Pelicans are 4 games out of the loss column for the 8th seed, which is currently occupied by the Sacramento Kings. Yes, the Pelicans have an easy schedule coming up, but don’t get your hopes too high. We still have to overcome the Jazz, Trailblazers, Kings, and Nuggets, and this team still has its faults. If the Pelicans do make a run, it will require them building some confidence off a win streak this week and next. Also, if the Pelicans make a solid effort and they miss, then their draft pick won’t be nearly as valuable as it could have been.

That’s all, folks! The Pelicans take on the Bucks this Saturday in New Orleans.

4 Comments

  1. Pelican Poster

    January 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    And to think we were one pick away from getting Drummond…I can still remember thinking as the picks went by of how awesome it would be if we got him and AD in the draft together…obviously the draft team did too as they were simply not able to recover from the shock of just missing on him, settling as a result for……Austin Rivers 🙁

  2. NOEngineer

    January 22, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Wins are the only way to fill that empty arena.   Shut up about the tanking, because we can’t come close to a spectacular draft pick,  If we did try, we would lose a lot of season ticket holders and fail.   The system won’t be rigged in our favor this time….
    Cole is a decent point guard on offense when he avoids seeking his own shot.  If he can resist that temptation he can climb out of the statistical hole he is in.
    Asik was player of the game last night.  Gee has been sixth man of the game the last two.   Douglas when defending the ball looks like  a pain in the aspirations of the opponent, which makes me smile.  His steal in the first half was awesome, and in general our steals seem to be picking up while our uncontested layups given up seem to be dwindling.
    Great couple of home wins against some decent players on bad teams.   Consistent winning is what we need but haven’t been able to achieve.  Let’s start by getting that third consecutive win against the Bucks!

  3. Ben.M

    January 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Pelican Poster Damian Lillard would have been nice too.

  4. Ben.M

    January 22, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Great win… we shot the lights out in the first half, I know Cole has been getting a bashing but its really nice to see a lot more movement from our guards, Cole is seldomly happy just staying put in the corner which I thought opened things up.

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