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Southwest Division99.8 (4th)99.4 (3rd)
Western Conference10th6th
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The basketball gods decided to wait until after the All-Star Break to ruin their season (Anthony Davis out at least two weeks, Ryan Anderson out 2-4 weeks). I don't know whether that's merciful or more cruel. Their making the playoffs seems like it would be a miracle at this point.
Over the last 10 games, Tyreke Evans is averaging 17 points and, more importantly, nine assists per game. He's not getting enough credit for how much he's helped the Pelicans stay in the playoff race. It's not just Anthony Davis. (But seriously, Anthony Davis is amazing.)
Did you know the Pelicans have the best division record of any team in the Southwest Division? Or they're 8-9 vs. Western Conference playoff teams? Or they've won 6 of 8 eight? Every time we bury them and put the tombstone in place, Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans demolished the grave and leap out. They're not out of the playoff race by any measure.
New Orleans Pelicans: On Sunday, they won their third game in a row for the first time. Better late than never?
They had no margin of error and then Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis got hurt. Honestly the playoffs are probably over for them. They can't string together a winning streak and they can't stay healthy. They aren't good enough to make it without great luck, and they've had pretty bad luck.
The Pelicans only really need one strong winning streak, a five or six-gamer, to sneak back into serious playoff contention. But they can't seem to string anything together. It's like they're running on netting, and even if they land their foot clean, when they pick it up, it gets caught and they trip.
Their 95-93 loss on New Year's Eve to the Spurs should have been a win if not for Omer Asik's accidental assistance on Tim Duncan's tip-in to force overtime. Still, wins over the Rockets and Suns are impressive. They're playing well. Can they build some consistency for once? Eric Gordon's set to return this week. Is that a good thing?
Their last six games: W-L-W-L-W-L. But they beat the Rockets, Thunder, and Spurs in that stretch. Their bench is so atrocious, though, and it still feels like just a matter of time before they run out of time on holding off Oklahoma City, and Phoenix has already blazed past them. There's just not enough room in the West for them. Is that on Monty Williams? The guards? The bench? It's an impossible riddle.
In the East, they'd be the sixth seed with cushion to make the playoffs, and the highest upside of any team after the top five. In the West, they're hanging by a thread and not expected to make it after Oklahoma City finishes tearing through everybody. And if OKC doesn't fall off, who in the top eight is falling out? The Pelicans have no room for error, and a lot of guys who make a lot of errors.
A .500 team but you have to consider their coach on the hot seat. No team that has yet to make the playoffs with the same core is as criticized as this one. The question is what's broken: The roster or way it operates? Some believe the roster, others the coach, but everyone believes something is underperforming.
2014-15 Team Leaders
PPGAnthony Davis , PF23.9
RPGAnthony Davis , PF10.2
APGTyreke Evans , PG6.4
FG%Anthony Davis , PF54.4
FT%Ryan Anderson , PF85.5
3P%Eric Gordon , SG45.7
BLOCKSAnthony Davis , PF128
STEALSAnthony Davis , PF71
MPGAnthony Davis , PF35.2
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