The last time the Pelicans faced the Celtics New Orleans came out on top 95-92 to push themselves within just one game of .500 and four games out of the playoffs. The real image of that game, instead, is of Ryan Anderson lying on the court and eventually being carted off on a stretcher. That injury has sidelined Anderson (and Pelican post season aspirations) for the season. Jrue Holiday also played on January 3rd and has been sidelined.
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|2013/2014 NBA Season|
|March 16, 2014, 5:00 PM CDT|
|New Orleans, LA|
|Brian Roberts||Rajon Rondo|
|Eric Gordon||Jerryd Bayless|
|Tyreke Evans||Jeff Green|
|Anthony Davis||Brandon Bass|
|Alexis Ajinca||Kris Humphries|
|Advanced Stats (2013/14)|
|92.1 (23)||Pace||93.3 (17)|
|107.1 (12)||ORtg||101.8 (28)|
|109.8 (27)||DRtg||106.1 (14)|
-The Celtics will not play a center tonight at all. Kelly Olynyk (7'0) is the only player who will see the floor for coach Brad Stevens taller than 6'9". Despite this lack of height, Boston makes a living crashing the offensive glass, especially with Olynyk (11.9% OREB%) and Fish favorite Jared Sullinger (13.6% OREB%). Keeping those two and Kris Humphries off the glass is critical.
-Tagging along with the above point, playing Ajinca or Stiemsma long minutes serves no true end. Ajinca collects rebounds but rarely boxes out, Stiemsma often fails on both points. Withey and Babbitt are under contract next year and need to see minutes tonight. Serves the double motivation of development and attempting to win.
-Push the pace. When the Pelicans elect to walk the ball up after a defensive rebound the ball goes to Roberts and we wait 8-10 seconds while he dribbles, directs traffic, and attempts to solve cold fusion. When the defensive rebound is passed to Tyreke Evans a fast break occurs more often than not. As coach Popovich always yells, "Pace! Pace! Pace!"
-Even if Tyreke Evans does not start (he should), Monty needs to get him in quickly. Evans has been on a tear lately and the long minutes have done him (and the Pelicans) well.
Tyreke's last seven games: 21.1 PPG 6.5 APG 6.4 RPG 51.9% FG% 38.8% 3PT% 87.5% FT% Not worth $11M annually? I disagree.— David Fisher (@usnfish) March 15, 2014
-Go to CelticsBlog for a Boston perspective.
-Geaux Pelicans and Happy Saint Patrick's Day tomorrow!