On Wednesday night, the Pelicans took on a struggling Washington Wizards team at the Smoothie King Center. After a four-game losing streak, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was looking to make a change that would spark his team. With injured point guard Elfrid Payton out until January, Gentry inserted former Wizard Tim Frazier into the starting lineup.
Despite the Wizards recent struggles, they had been one of the teams that had contributed to the Pelicans losing streak. An Anthony Davis-less Pelicans team traveled to Washington on November 24th and got handed a 124-114 loss. On Wednesday night, the Pelicans were determined to come out fast. That’s exactly what they did as they took an early lead versus the Wizards and never …
The New Orleans Pelicans lost two major contributors to free agency this offseason: DeMarcus Cousin and Rajon Rondo. The average NBA fan saw Cousins as the bigger loss. To those who followed the Pelicans closely, it was clear that Rondo would be missed more.
While Cousins was an All-Star as recently as last season. However, he clogged up the floor on offense and the Pelicans clearly played better after his season-ending injury. Rondo, on the other hand, was the team’s floor general and played tenacious defense. The Pelicans playoff run last year highlighted Rondo’s skills as many of his teammates credited him for their success.
These reasons are why a feeling of dread crept into the hearts of Pelicans fans …