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Southwest Division100.2 (5th)99.6 (4th)
Western Conference11th8th
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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.
It's probably time to start taking a good long look at the Pelicans, their roster and their coach to figure out if this is going to work. Because they can't really afford to waste time with Anthony Davis. He's too good not to do everything in their power to help him succeed.
Trouble is brewing. They're losing games with evenly matched squads. They could build a resume vs. inferior competition in the East, not in the West. And their December schedule isn't exactly cuddly. If they can't get right by Christmas, it could get rough for Monty Williams.
They have head-to-head wins over the Spurs, and the Kings. So why this low? That Nuggets loss is a game they should have gotten, and they weren't "up" for it. They get the East and the Thunder before a brutal stretch starts in December. There are inconclusive signs this team is figuring it out, though. Related: Anthony Davis? Not human.
A solid mix of quality wins and losses, including a win over the Spurs (which looks less impressive right now than usual, which is odd). A tough loss to the Cavs in which they were right there until LeBron went LeBron. Huge game looming this week against the ... Kings? Where am I? Speaking of ...
2014-15 Team Leaders
PPGAnthony Davis , PF24.2
RPGAnthony Davis , PF10.4
APGJrue Holiday , PG7.1
FG%Anthony Davis , PF55.7
FT%Ryan Anderson , PF84.5
3P%Jrue Holiday , PG36.7
BLOCKSAnthony Davis , PF113
STEALSAnthony Davis , PF60
MPGAnthony Davis , PF36.1
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