Before diving into the power rankings, a look back at the week that was for your Pelicans, who went 2-2 in the last seven days.
On Tuesday New Orleans solved the triangle, defeating the Knicks 104-93.
On Wednesday, the second night of a back-to-back, the Pelicans took Dallas down to the wire ultimately losing 112-107.
On Friday, without the services of Anthony Davis for much of the game, the Pelicans pulled away in the third quarter and held on in the fourth for a 119-114 win over LeBron James (who was absolutely on fire) and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sunday, again without Anthony Davis, New Orleans took Golden State to overtime before succumbing to the NBA's best team 128-122.
All 2-2 weeks are not equal. Considering the degree of difficulty and performance, would the Pelicans be rewarded?
Up two spots to 16th.
Anthony Davis is missing time with a chest injury, but the Pelicans aren't throwing in the towel. They went on to beat the Cavaliers and pushed the Warriors to overtime before finally folding. Tyreke Evans has been huge in both games, accumulating 35 points and 18 assists.
Up three spots to 15th.
Four different Pelicans scored 30-plus points in the last three games, and two of them (Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday) did it twice. They beat the Cavs and almost beat the Warriors without Anthony Davis (chest contusion). In their last six games, they've scored 113.6 points per 100 possessions and have allowed 113.0. That's entertainment.
Down one slot to 15th.
Sad as the nearly .500 Pelicans surely are when they look at the Southwest Division standings and see themselves in last place, they had a pretty good weekend all things considered. They beat Cleveland and took Golden State to OT without Anthony Davis and confirmed that The Brow isn't hurt seriously.
Up one spot to 14th.
Making the playoffs for the first time since 2011 will be difficult, but there's undeniable growth in New Orleans. The Pelicans took the Warriors to OT on Sunday without Anthony Davis (bruised chest) after defeating the Cavs largely without him. With Eric Gordon sidelined by a shoulder injury, the backcourt of Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday is thriving.
Unchanged at 16th for the second week in a row.
Jrue Holiday has averaged 22.2 points and 8.4 assists the past four games. More will be needed if Anthony Davis (chest) remains sidelined.
Stats of Note
The Pelicans have played the 4th most difficult schedule in the NBA. Things do not get any easier to end December. Nine games in 16 days, three home-road back-to-backs, a combined record of 123-98. Can New Orleans survive to January and the (L)Eastern Conference heavy portion of their schedule?