New Orleans Pelicans @ Los Angeles Clippers

This afternoon, the New Orleans Pelicans (11-24) on (I hate) the Los Angeles Clippers (24-13) at the Staples Center. This is the first of the teams 3-game California road trip; we have the Lakers Tuesday (watch party at Tracey’s) and the Kings Wednesday. The game is at 2:30 pm CT (UTC -6) and is on Fox Sports New Orleans and the Pelicans Radio Network, 99.5 FM locally.

Despite several indication from the team that changes are coming, Quincy Pondexter remains inactive, though he was Questionable recently. This is will likely remain the case for the road trip, but we may see a change later this week. Some are less than optimistic about his return, however. The starting lineup remains Asik, Davis, Evans, Gee, and Gordon. Davis is day-to-day with a back injury, but is at the Staples Center. His evaluation showed no structural damage; he’s just bruised, however badly.

Update: Davis is out, Anderson will start.

Griffin is out for the Clippers, but Wesley Johnson is probable. The probably starters are Paul, Pierce, Redick, Jordan, and Mbah a Moute.

The Clippers have won 8 in a row, but one of those was a game the Pelicans had a shot at winning. Paul was weak in that game, and that can’t be relied upon. The main things this afternoon for the Pelicans are perimeter defense, effort, and decent offense. Effort was no issue last game, but this is a bigger issue on the road for this team. Paul and Redick and put this game out of reach handily if left to operate, but none of it matters if the Pelicans’ offense sputters against the Clippers.

At this point, the Pelicans will need help, and first from themselves.

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