The Pelicans plummet from 10th to 18th. After going 0-3 last week this is going to be a theme.
New Orleans hit a rough patch, losing all three of their games last week. DeMarcus Cousins won the Kentucky big man rematch on Tuesday. Then, the Hawks held Anthony Davis to 14 points (5-of-14 shooting) and 11 rebounds on Friday. Finally, Tyreke Evans shot them out of their game against the Wizards Saturday. All this team can do is lick its wounds and get back to the grindstone.
Again New Orleans falls to 18th, this from 14th last week.
An offense that ranked third just a week ago has hit the skids, scoring less than a point per possession as the Pelicans have lost four of five. Eric Gordon (out with a torn labrum) hasn't shot well since he left L.A., but he spaces the floor better than new starter Austin Rivers, who along with Tyreke Evans may be the league's worst shooting wing combo.
No one pushes the Crescent City lower than Marc Stein, who moves the Pelicans down from 11th to 20th.
Anthony Davis moves into December with a Jordanesque PER of 33.4 ... and a sub-.500 record despite the fact his Pels managed to go 2-2 during the recent absence of key sidekick Omer Asik. The sad reality is that the game's most impressive individual, at the moment, remains a playoff longshot.
18th seems to be a common theme this week. New Orleans falls from 13th.
Eric Gordon's injury is looming larger than you would think for a player that was averaging 9.5 points per game. New Orleans has averaged just 86.6 ppg since Gordon was sidelined indefinitely with a torn labrum.
Marc Spears has the Pels sliding from 13th to 18th.
The Pelicans have dropped three straight and now play Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook, Golden State and the Clippers next.
Stats of Note
Pelican Advanced Stats via @NylonCalculus ORtg - 109.5 (9th) DRtg - 107.2 (15th) Net Rating - +2.3 (11th)— The Bird Writes (@thebirdwrites) December 1, 2014
Even after a terrible week New Orleans is still an above average team despite their record. It is important to note that just six of 15 games have been played at home, where the Pels are 4-2. Basketball Reference ranks New Orleans schedule the 7th most difficult to date.