Pelicans Win With 38th Different Starting Lineup

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Published: March 31, 2016

The Pelicans might only have the 25th best record in the league, but they have used the most starting lineups thus far into the season, that’s got to count for something, right? The Pels’ more recent starting lineup choices have been based on availability rather than strategy, but the type of players added in the wake of injuries gives us a glimpse of the type of player Dell Demps and Alvin Gentry will be targeting this summer and beyond. Their choices so far seem to be great fits. The Pels as a team had 29 assists on 40 baskets tonight, and every single player that played contributed in someway.

It is the type of passing and ball movement Gentry would expect to see at this point in the season, regardless of who is playing, the Head Coach was quoted as saying after the 101-95 win.

It was a team win, a total team effort, and that sounds like a such a ridiculous thing to say when the team that was actually put together and had some experience playing together struggled to put that together all season. These guys have been playing together for weeks, days. It took replacing 4/5 starters and most of the bench ~70 games into the season for us to see a good representation of a Gentry offense. It is a testament to what the right personnel can do. With the season seeming over weeks ago, the Front Office has spent the time finding guys who can raise the floor of this Pelicans team and help establish the mentality of the style of play Gentry wants.

The loss doesn’t totally knock Denver out of the playoffs, but the clock is getting close to striking midnight on their season. They were led by Darrell Arthur off the bench, he had 24 points on just 15 shots in 22 minutes. Gary Harris and Emmanuel Mudiay both had decent nights as well for the Nuggets, with a combined 29 points and 8 assists. The Pelicans were led by Toney Douglas and Luke Babbitt, who both record double-doubles (22pts-10rebs for Luke, 20pts-10asts for Toney). Tim Frazier shined late as well. He continued his good play for New Orleans, putting in another efficient performance: 17pts-8asts-5rebs on 50% shooting in 29 minutes.

The way the Pelicans are playing it looks very unlikely that they will be able to catch Minnesota, but it also looks unlikely that either the Kings or Knicks will catch the Pels, so the 6th spot looks like what it’ll be for New Orleans.

Also Toney Douglas’ Kid is a major cutie.

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Next up for the Pelicans is a 12pm Noon game, this Sunday, 4/3, in Brooklyn against the Nets.

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