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    Darren’s Detailed Defense

    The Pelicans had offense in mind when they hired Alvin Gentry. However, offense was not Gentry’s main concern when answering questions at his introductory press conference. When asked about what he...

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    The Pelicans’ Surprisingly Reasonable Path to a Top-10 Defense

    As we all know, the Pelicans have again endured countless injuries which have again derailed the team’s quest for its first playoff berth since Chris Paul left town. Despite this recurring theme,...

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    Weakside Eyes for Your Ears

    ((Gerry is not only writing articles, but he is also delivering short podcasts here at Bourbon Street Shots. We posted these in the open thread the other night, but here they...

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    The New Orleans Pelicans’ Biggest Problem

    I am about to introduce a ground-breaking concept, so prepare to be amazed. In the game of basketball, there are only three ways (excluding the clock expiring at the end of...

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    Offense isn’t the Problem and Opponent BS Rate

    Everyone always spends a lot of time talking about offense.  We rail at players shot selection, wonder why Jrue doesn’t generate more free throws, boo and hiss at the jumpshots of...

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    The Pelicans Defense – and why they can’t hold a lead

    The season is young, and game to game numbers can shift fairly dramatically as the Pelicans run into teams that are hot – or not – or having babies like they...

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    Beneath the Screen: Anatomy of a Defensive Breakdown

    I wanted to switch gears a little bit this week and focus on defense. This season, the Hornets clearly have not played up to the level that their defense-first head coach...

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    The Hornets are not a good Defensive Team

    At least the Hornets are one of the top defensive teams, right? Not so fast!

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    Why you should appreciate Ariza

    This play from Friday’s game against the Wolves just stuck in my head.  Maybe two months ago, I was on the Podcast saying I was done with Ariza.  This play is...

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    Emeka Okafor’s Importance to the Hornets by the Numbers

    To get straight to the point, I’m a pretty big believer in Emeka Okafor’s role as the key to the Hornets’ success on defense. Below, I utilized four key statistical categories...

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    Get Better, Emeka!

    Although Jason Smith and David Andersen are playing well offensively in the absence of Emeka Okafor, they don’t have the same presence in the paint as Mek. As long as Okafor...

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    Anatomy of a Defense and Game On: Hornets @ Thunder

    Matchup: Hornets(32-18) @ Thunder(30-17) Off Efficiency: Hornets 103.3(16th), Thunder 107.4(7th) Def Efficiency: Hornets 99.0(3rd), Thunder 105.0(17th) As always, thanks to the estimable Dariusz for the game day banner. We’ve talked about...

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    The Hornets Defense – or Why New Orleans is 5-0

    This morning, the Hornets awake sporting the 5th most efficient defense in the league.  While that sounds good, I want to put it in perspective.  Unlike many teams sporting tough defenses,...