The Pelicans got bailed out as a WIDE OPEN Ersan Ilyasova three rimmed out as time expired to pull out an 85-84 victory tonight in the Smoothie King Center. The offense struggled mightily in the second and fourth quarters as open three after open three just did not find its way to the bottom of the net. Milwaukee could not do much better and the bricks laid tonight should be handed out to attending fans as souvenirs.
New Orleans could not get production off the bench all night. Alexis Ajinca had one of his worst games as a Pelican I can remember, but like everyone else I felt like the shot attempts he produced were quality looks. The same running hooks and turn around fade aways that were automatic against Toronto (twice) rimmed out repeatedly. Even a Dream Shake demonstration failed to find the basket.
Every Pelican not named Quincy Pondexter contributed to the ice fortress built at the blender tonight. Tyreke Evans looked hobbled and struggled mightily to finish at the rim, blowing two transition attempts in the process. Anthony Davis went a putrid 6-18 from the field with a number of drives resulting in uncalled contact.
There were some positive signs. 26 assists on 29 made field goals is excellent. There should have quite a few more baskets and assists but the Pelicans could not find the range tonight behind the arc. Still, all told a win is a win and counts the same in the final tally. Maybe this improbable win is payback for the ridiculous overtime loss against the Spurs? Who knows.