Team RankingPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Southwest Division99.4 (4th)98.6 (3rd)
Western Conference11th4th
Power Rankings
The Pelicans, like the Bulls, went with "Let's try the exact same ship with a different captain" plan. Can Alvin Gentry take them from a borderline playoff team to a contender? Their roster complications remain and Omer Asik cost them a lot of money for a guy they couldn't play in the playoffs. But they kept the Unibrow, so they won no matter what.
I don't know how the next two games will play out for the Pelicans or Thunder. But I do know that if we don't see him there this weekend, we'll be seeing Anthony Davis in the playoffs very soon.
Are you impressed they're over .500 and battling for a playoff spot into the last two weeks of the season? Or are you underwhelmed by how much they struggle while having Anthony Davis? They are the NBA's example of glass-half-empty, glass-half-Brow.
Beat the Grizzlies and Bucks, lose to the Celtics and Nuggets. They're like a toddler who face-plants when starting to walk too fast.
They beat the Grizzlies, which would have really helped them, had it not been for the fact that they lost to the Celtics. New Orleans is 13-14 vs. the East this season. If they miss the playoffs, that's going to be why.
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.
2014-15 Team Leaders
PPGAnthony Davis , PF24.4
RPGAnthony Davis , PF10.2
APGTyreke Evans , PG6.6
FG%Anthony Davis , PF53.5
FT%Ryan Anderson , PF85.4
3P%Eric Gordon , SG44.8
BLOCKSAnthony Davis , PF200
STEALSTyreke Evans , PG100
MPGAnthony Davis , PF36.1
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