Each preseason game seems to bring new challenges for the Pelicans and tonight's matchup in Orlando will be no different. With Tyreke Evans undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday, New Orleans needs to determine how best to run Alvin Gentry's uptempo system in their remaining two preseason games.
For the foreseeable future, Jrue Holiday will be limited to 15 minutes so that means the other 33 minutes have to come from someone else not named Evans and Norris Cole. Yep, the Pelicans top 3 choices at point guard will all nearly be unavailable once the regular season kicks off in less than a week's time.
Through 2 games, Nate Robinson is averaging 7.5 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 turnovers in 19.2 minutes of action. However, he is shooting 33% from the floor and 28.6% from three-point territory. That's rather ominous considering he is coming off easily the worst shooting season of his career.
Bo McCalebb has not fared any better as evidenced by his averages of 4.5 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 turnovers in 15.5 minutes of play. He has a lowly 26.7 FG% and is yet to even attempt a three-point shot.
Gentry will likely lean on Eric Gordon until one of the walking wounded return, but he is still going to need to find some production from other players. Can Robinson or McCalebb fill the bill or will Dell Demps need to continue to scour the earth for an adept fill-in?
Wednesday's game will definitely help answer this question. Otherwise, maybe the Pelicans will be forced to test the theory that supposedly there is nothing Anthony Davis cannot do on a basketball court.