Moore will sit out Wednesday's preseason game against the Heat for rest, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports. The Pelicans close out their preseason schedule with a back-to-back set Wednesday and Thursday, so Moore is simply being held out for precautionary reasons to keep his workload down in meaningless games. Look for him to rejoin the lineup Thursday and he should also be a full go for the start of the regular season. Look for guys like Darius Miller and Solomon Hill to get more run in the meantime.
Moore turned in four points (2-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt), two rebounds and one assist across 20 minutes during the Pelicans' 116-102 preseason loss to the Hawks on Monday. Moore was one of the Pelicans' most consistent shooters last season, but he's opened the exhibition slate running cold. The eight-year veteran sunk just five of his 16 attempts through two preseason games, and he hasn't been able to make up for it elsewhere on the stat sheet. Despite the early struggles, Moore once again projects as a solid complementary option to the likes of Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis and Julius Randle in the coming season.
Moore finished with 10 points (4-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists and two assists across 40 minutes during New Orleans' 113-104 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series. Moore was far from efficient, but he managed to wrap up the postseason with six consecutive double-digit scoring efforts. Although he finished the series against the Warriors with an impressive 47.5 percent success rate from the floor, Moore did shoot under 40.0 percent twice overall, both losses for the Pelicans. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Moore made big strides in his first opportunity as a full-time starter this past year, posting career bests in scoring (12.5), shooting percentage (50.8), rebounds (2.9) and steals (1.0).
Moore registered 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-8 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 36 minutes during New Orleans' 121-116 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series. Moore rounded out a strong offensive night for the Pelicans' starting five with his third straight double-digit scoring effort. Even though his shooting dipped under 50.0 percent for the first time since Game 2 against the Trail Blazers, Moore made up for it with a postseason-high four made three-pointers. He'll strive to remain similarly aggressive when New Orleans looks to cut the Warriors' series lead in half during Friday's Game 3.
Moore supplied 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt), two rebounds and one steal across 22 minutes during New Orleans' 123-101 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of their Western Conference second-round playoff series. Moore surprisingly checked in second only to Anthony Davis in team scoring on the night, with his 63.6 percent success rate from the floor serving as his best of the postseason thus far. The 29-year-old now has consecutive double-digit scoring efforts as well, factoring in his 14-point haul in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers in the first round. Moore will look to continue contributing in similar fashion when the Pelicans try to bounce back in Tuesday's Game 2.
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