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Pelicans Derailed by Injury, Poor Second Half Performance Once Again

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We're not saying that the Pelicans are going to go 1-81 but...

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What else can be said right now?

Once again the New Orleans Pelicans are losers tonight, falling 115-98 at home to the Denver Nuggets. Through 11 games this season the Pelicans have won exactly once. Anthony Davis had to leave six minutes into tonight's game thanks to a shoulder injury sustained on this play:

Tonight was just an all around bad night for the Pelicans so let's just go ahead and get to the recap:

Game Notes- Denver

  • Once again the Pelicans got off to a slow start, and entered the second quarter trailing 31-21. Denver, who let's remember was coming into tonight's game 22nd in the league in three point percentage, hit four of their first seven shots in the opening quarter. Unfortunately for New Orleans Denver would continue to buck the trend the rest of the night. Denver closed the first quarter on a 19-9 run to give themselves a 10-point lead after the first quarter.
  • Give credit to the Pelicans for coming back strong in the second quarter. They were in a hole, but dug themselves out of it thanks to making 14-19 shots in the second. Normally teams that shoot 74 percent in a quarter have a larger lead going into halftime, but that's what New Orleans gets for being down 10 to start the second.
  • Thanks to the influx of jump shots taken by both sides, neither team got to the free throw line much tonight. New Orleans didn't attempt their first free throws until there were 51.8 seconds left in the second quarter. For the night Denver attempted 13 free throws and New Orleans shot 11.
  • The second half, once again, proved to be a tough go of things for New Orleans. The Pelicans started the half up two, trailed by eight after three and went on to lose the game by 17. This was thanks in large part to...
  • Denver shot the lights out in the second half. The Nuggets hit 64 percent of their shots the final 24 minutes. For the season Denver shoots about 32 percent from three-point land. Tonight they made 50 percent of them, going 15-30. If you factor out the Nugget players who didn't make any of their three point attempts (Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Emmanuel Mudiay and Kostas Papanikolaou), Denver shot 68 percent from three. Do I need to remind anyone that this is a team that was coming into the night shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc?
  • Danilo Gallinari kills more Pelicans than all of the pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. Gallinari scored 32 points on 19 shots, picked up eight rebounds and handed out eight assists. He also has made history as the first Italian to have terrible hair.
  • Emmanuel Mudiay had a nice night. The No. 7 overall selection had 12 points and eight assists to only two turnovers. He also threw up two really nice alley-oops to Kenneth Faried and Gallinari in the first half. Way to go, Sacramento. And because it bares repeating, remember everyone: Vivek Ranadive, despite needing a point guard, didn't want to draft Mudiay because he refused to workout for the Kings. Ladies and gentlemen, your Sacramento Kings!
  • Foul trouble prevent Kenneth Faried from having a bigger night than 11 points and seven rebounds. If he could've played more than 26 minutes, Faried could've had a 20-15 night.
  • Mike Malone sorta has a Walter White goatee going on. I dig it.

Game Notes- New Orleans

  • Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon had decent nights but their combined inefficiencies really dragged the team down. The two combined for 29 points but they only hit 11 of 30 total shots tonight.
  • Ryan Anderson had no such problem getting the ball to go through the hoop however. Anderson scored 24 points and hit 10 of 17 of his shots. I know MVP's are usually reserved for players on playoff teams but does the same unwritten rule apply for Sixth Man/Comeback Player of the Year?
  • With Omer Asik out thanks to a stomach ailment and Anthony Davis being forced to leave early, is anyone at all surprised that the Pelicans were out-rebounded by 10? Anyone?
  • Wow Alonzo Gee and Alexis Ajinca were bad tonight. Gee was held scoreless and Ajinca only contributed four total points. The two had more fouls, seven, than points, four. The foul trouble is less than ideal when New Orleans had so few bigs available tonight.
  • Luke Babbitt had the best game of his season (read best game since he cut his hair), putting up an 11-point, seven-rebound performance. He even hit three of his four three pointers.
  • He still defies logic, but Ish Smith had another nice night. His line for the night: 13 points (6-9, 1-1 3FG), 8 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal. No free throw attempts tonight and that's incredible considering how often he gets to the rim.
  • Jrue Holiday's shoes were serious "what are thooooooose" material.