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    How Many Open Shots is “Normal?”

    I never thought I’d say this, but the Pelicans finally have an average to above average defense.  Not a great one,  but one that isn’t an eyesore, and one that features quick,...

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    NOLA’s Resurgence – Not Just Holiday-Related

    *Note: this column was written before the Pelicans’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 25th* After starting the season 0-8, the Pelicans appear to have finally started turning things...

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    Examining Lineup Data – the Value of Continuity

    *Note – this column was written in advance of the Pelicans’ November 10th victory against the Bucks* Key Takeaway: Pelicans lineups that have played more than 5 minutes together this season (making...

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    The Bourbon Street Shots Pelicans

    With another NBA season set to kick off this week, I find myself thinking about where I was last year at this time. I had started a brand new job in...

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    Quick Wins and a Path Forward

    We are right in the thick of the 2016 NBA preseason, and it seems as if the only buckets being filled up for the Pelicans are ones full of bad news. First,...

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    Why Jrue Holiday is Still Coming off of the Bench for the Pelicans

    In the first month of this calendar year, Jrue Holiday played just under 30 minutes per game in the Pelicans’ 14 contests. He finished the month with a PER of 23.0, 6th highest...

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    Meet and Dine with Joel Meyers, Jrue Holiday, and Toney Douglas

    Disclosure: My father donates his time to this organization, serving on its board of directors. No one on the 3 Point Club’s Executive Committee or Board of Directors receive any kind of financial compensation...

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    Examining Lineup Data – Get Well Soon, Q-Pon

    With the return of Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole last week, the Pelicans inched ever so close to the roster that the team envisioned before the season; unfortunately, results since their return...

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    Omer Asik’s Contract Incentives

    When news first broke that Omer Asik would be signing a contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans, it was originally reported as a 5-year, $60 million deal. That estimation was quickly proven...

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    Maximizing Roster Output – Time for a Rotation Change?

    First, a word of warning: the last time I suggested a rotation change, it involved benching Eric Gordon last November, which looks hilariously bad in hindsight. I clearly jumped the gun on that...

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    How to Prematurely Evaluate a Head Coach Hiring

    With about two and half weeks now passed since the Pelicans announced that Alvin Gentry, the lead assistant coach for the newly crowned NBA champion Golden State Warriors, would be the team’s next...

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    The Pelicans’ Roster Under Gentry – What to Expect Next

    First, Alvin Gentry. Soon after, Darren Erman & Robert Pack. The core of an excellent new Pelicans coaching staff is now in place, and with that being the case, the natural next...

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    New Orleans Pelicans Season in Review: Jimmer Fredette

    Allow me to start out Jimmer Fredette’s season review with this player comparison table. Time to play a little game I like to call “guess that player”! If you guessed “the same...

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    New Orleans Pelicans Season in Review: Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson’s 2013-14 season was unfortunately cut far too short as a result of an in-game collision in early January with the Celtics’ Gerald Wallace. Prior to that accident, though, Anderson was having...

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    The New Orleans Pelicans’ 2015 Salary Cap Situation

    With the New Orleans Pelicans’ 2014-15 season now officially at an end, it is time to start thinking about the summer and where the team stands within the rules of the...

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    The Dawn is Coming

    On March 31st, I booked a flight back to New Orleans landing at 7:20 PM on April 23rd to surprise my mother for her birthday on the 24th (today). At the...

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    Learning from the Warriors’ Losses

    The Golden State Warriors finished the 2014-15 regular season with 67 wins and 15 losses, easily the best record in the NBA this year. That level of dominance certainly makes the Pelicans’...

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    Pelicans Scoop – The Final Playoff Push

    Some of the Bourbon Street Shots writers discuss five key questions heading into the Pelicans’ final three games of the regular season, tied with the Thunder for the 8th and final playoff...

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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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    Pelicans Fill Backup PG Void with Trade for Norris Cole

    The Pelicans entered the day with few expecting them to make any sort of move at the 2014-15 NBA trade deadline. Around 2 PM, Dealer Dell struck again, as he was able...

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