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Game 69: Pelicans vs. Heat

2013/2014 NBA Season



March 22, 2014, 7:00 PM CDT
New Orleans, LA
Projected Starters
Brian Roberts Mario Chalmers
Eric Gordon Dwyane Wade
Tyreke Evans LeBron James
Anthony Davis Udonis Haslem
Greg Stiemsma Chris Bosh
Advanced Stats (2013/14)
92.2 (22) Pace 92.1 (23)
107.4 (12) ORtg 111.6 (3)
110.1 (27) DRtg 106.0 (13)


- Trying to figure the Heat's starting lineup has been a useless endeavor this season. Wade has been benched in the majority of back-to-backs, Oden can still be considered in the early stages of a full comeback and just recently, Haslem replaced long-time starter Battier. Why all the turmoil? Well, the Heat haven't been playing up to their standards as evidenced by a 6-6 record for the month of March. With the playoffs around the corner, Spoelstra is frantic to stop the losses to teams like the Nuggets and Celtics.

- 3 things to watch:

  • The starting lineup. The last time these teams met, Holiday, Aminu and Ajinca were the starters. The Pelicans actually had a 6 point lead at halftime yet wilted woefully after. The team has been playing better of late, but it will require the services of Gordon or a not-slumping Morrow to have a legitimate chance for the win. There is only so much Evans and Davis can do.

  • Small ball. Nearly equally important will be Monty's substitutions. Will he attempt to first roll out with his typical rotations or will he go straight to some small ball unit? One thing is for certain, Luke Babbitt should get an opportunity after last night's performance.

  • Anthony Davis. Seriously, most that still tune into the Pelicans are concentrating on the 7 foot piece of eye candy. According to HoopStats, did you know Anthony Davis has been neck and neck with Kevin Durant for the most efficient player in the NBA in the last 10 games? It really makes it all the more laughable Blake Griffin won the last player of the week in the Western Conference. Oh, and after beating the Hawks and posting his 7th straight 28+ point effort, Anthony Davis claimed he wasn't at full strength. No doubt the rest of the league isn't smiling.

- Geaux Pels!