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Bird Feed: Injuries Nagging Pelicans in Preseason

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The Advocate has a good article about how Monty is dealing with the injuries in the backcourt that he's faced early this year. Buried halfway through the article, naturally, is the news that the Eric Gordon two-week timeline of return is getting a little bit squishy:

Williams gave a timetable that suggested Gordon likely won't play until about the Oct. 19 game against the Washington Wizards in Lexington, Ky., at the earliest. It's possible, though, that he won't play until the season opener on Oct. 30 against the Indiana Pacers at New Orleans Arena.

So Gordon might not play a single preseason game? This sounds like last season's plot.

John Reid writes that "The Pelicans' Talented Backcourt is Meeting Expectations"- only it's not, of course, Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon, and Jrue Holiday, it's Anthony Morrow, Austin Rivers, and Brian Roberts. The preseason has done a bit of a switcheroo on us in terms of backcourt personnel, and I'm interested to see how our guards perform at the start of the season when they've hardly played with each other.

Zach Lowe puts all the NBA teams in tiers - I think putting New Orleans at the bottom of the playoff contender tier is reasonable, but I really do think the Pelicans will be better than the Mavericks this season. He repeats the old chestnut that lineups with both Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson are defensive liabilities, which I think is utter hogwash.

There's another game tonight! 6PM CT at Orlando, but the game will be held in Jacksonville. Frankly, I have no idea how I'll watch this one, but hopefully David can find another live stream for us.

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