The Pelicans posted another impressive point total against Philadelphia last night. Guess this proves young teams who love to run, can't run us out of the gym.
Although we won every quarter, the game was significantly closer than one might believe by quickly glancing at the boxscore. In the first half, both teams shot 50% from the floor and the Sixers were able to overcome their turnover deficit by making 9 of 17 from beyond the arc. In the 2nd half, the Sixers made several runs, but in the end, our strong shooting continued, while there's did not. Oh, and for most of the game, defense was optional. This season, it has become a disturbing trend on how much we rely on steals and blocks on that end of the floor.
- Anthony Morrow started in place of Al-Farouq Aminu, who failed to make an appearance the entire game. Although Morrow's stats were unimpressive, even in limited run, it's hard to deem it as a success or failure. On the plus side, the spacing on offense was evident but it didn't appear to net us any direct positive gains. However, the downside was Aminu's missing length and athleticism was apparent on the boards.
- Anthony Davis started off slowly, going 0-5, but still ended up having himself an AD day: 22 points (11-20), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks. At the rate he's playing, he deserves to be a voted-in All-Star starter, so keep posting your ballots!
- Jrue Holiday needs to imagine he's playing his old team every single game. In his two starts against Philly, he's averaging a nifty 17 points, 12.5 assists (karate chop CP3), 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and only 1.0 turnovers.
- Jason Smith didn't do too much and that's the way we like it: 8 points (4-8), 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.
- Ryan Anderson was very active tonight getting up 16 shots and grabbing 8 rebounds in a tick under 26 minutes. The Arsenal may indeed be our second most valuable player.
- Eric Gordon's efficiency was a thing of beauty tonight - 26 points (on 16 shots) and only 1 turnover. He also chipped in 7 assists and a couple of steals. Have you started taking him for granted yet? I certainly feel like I have and it's truly been wonderful not having to talk about his injuries, desire or inept play.
- Tyreke Evans filled up the stat sheet: 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 1 block and 4 turnovers. However, he still hasn't overcome those nasty stretches of basketball. For instance, in roughly a 3 minute span to start the second quarter, he went 0-2 with 2 bad turnovers. In the long run, I still think he's a smart fit -- we need his contributions to continually be able to pound on the opponent for 48 minutes into submission.
- Tonight was Brian Roberts turn as the 8th man again. I know in the past I've said that the competition between he and Austin Rivers may be healthy and, for showcase purposes, both of them need court time. However, I think I'm ready to choose a side as it'd be nice to have solidarity within the lineup. I vote Austin.
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Tomorrow, the Pelicans will face the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. They're in quite a massive tailspin, having lost 8 straight games (3-12 overall). Let's try to make it 9, Pels yeah!