The New Orleans Pelicans 9-man deep rotation tonight, an odd mixture of both regulars and a number of backups to other backups, lost as expected. However, it was with the manner they crumbled in defeat to the Golden State Warriors that left everyone perplexed.
Anthony Davis, 2016 MVP candidate, was off his game more than any of his teammates. Although he finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, he was an absolute no-show when the game mattered. At certain points of the game, he was 1-15 from the floor, 4-9 from the foul line and was stuck on 2 rebounds for the longest. In fact, he picked up his third turnover before grabbing his third board during the second half.
Eric Gordon (5-17) and Ryan Anderson (2-7) also had difficulty finding the mark. Dante Cunningham left the game with concussive symptoms.
The most consistent performers for the Pelicans were Ish Smith (17 points, 9 assists, 3 steals), Kendrick Perkins (10 points on 5-5 shooting) and Alonzo Gee (8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals).
The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry: 40 points, 7 assist, 6 rebounds and 5 threes. In the first quarter alone, he tallied 24 points! I guess he wanted to show NBA pundits that they're wrong for not considering him the favorite for another Most Valuable Player Award.
Stay tuned for the full recap in a bit, in the meantime, give the Pelicans some votes below. Be kind, remember that practically half the rotation is out and they had to kick off the season inside the Oracle.