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 …
There was a buzz in the air as a sell-out crowd packed the Smoothie King Center for the Pelicans return to New Orleans. The Pels led the Portland Trailblazers 2-0 in the first round of the NBA playoffs after winning both games out west to start the series. It was New Orleans first time in the playoffs since a first round exit in 2015, and the Pelicans clearly fed off the electricity from the crowd.
New Orleans led the game 18-16 after the first five minutes saw both teams get off to hot starts and trade early baskets. An ensuing six minute and forty-five-second scoring drought from the Trailblazers, that was ended by a Damian Lillard layup with two seconds …
The New Orleans Pelicans entered Wednesday night’s matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies needing to win in order to hold onto the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. As the NBA regular season is coming to a close, the Pelicans sat a half-game ahead of the Denver Nuggets for 8th place.
The Pelicans won the opening tip and got out to a hot start, leading the Grizzlies 10-0 to start the game. Anthony Davis provided early offense for the Pelicans, scoring 14 points in the first half and finishing with 21 points at halftime.
With 3:49 left to go in the second quarter, Pelican Ian Clark appeared to be injured on a contested fast break lay-up. Clark came into the …