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Pelicans cannot gain ground on the road in NBA Power Rankings

It is going to get better eventually, right?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

If not for a disaster against the Phoenix Suns, on national television no less, the New Orleans Pelicans actually had a pretty good week. Facing a daunting five game road stretch spanning three time zones with a team that left the Crescent City 1-10 away from home rarely results in a positive.

Instead the Pelicans scratched together a 2-3 record. Two of those losses, at the Chicago Bulls (on the second night of a back-to-back) and at the Portland Trail Blazers, were by just four points a piece. Victories in the altitude at Salt Lake City and Denver for a team based below sea level have been few and far between. In fact, prior to this road trip New Orleans was just 2-10 at Denver and Utah in the Anthony Davis-era. They doubled that win total in the span of a week!

Unfortunately, there was that Phoenix game. It wasn't even competitive. Look at this game chart from

Game Chart

It wasn't even competitive. The Pelicans trailed by at least double figures for the entire second half. Alvin Gentry blasted the team's effort in interviews after the game.

How did power rankers react to a surprising 2-2 week on the road with one awful loss? Meh.

Last Week: 27 - This Week: 26

A couple of big offensive games in Utah and Denver (road wins Nos. 2 and 3) have the Pelicans hanging on to some hope. They've outscored their opponents by 12.7 points per 100 possessions in 147 December minutes with Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis on the floor together, and Holiday is set to have his minutes restriction lifted at the end of the month. The play two more big games within the conference this week.


Last Week: 24 - This Week: 24

Last Wednesday in Utah marked the first time in 26 tries that the Pels won a game when trailing after three quarters. It appears that wasn't the turning point to their season, either, given Alvin Gentry's reaction to what happened in Phoenix, but a 2-2 week -- all on the road -- might well rank as the best week of the season so far for The Brow & Co.

Sports Illustrated

Last Week: 25 - This Week: 26

We’re nearing the two-month mark and the Pelicans are healthy, but the defense still hasn’t shown much improvement, allowing a league-high 108.2 points per game. Until they can stay consistent and put together some wins, it’s hard to take them seriously.

CBS Sports

Last Week: 27 - This Week: 26

The Pelicans are the model of "a good idea gone bad." They acquired good players and a good coach and none of it has worked together.