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Pelicans Plummet in NBA Power Rankings, Week 21

1-3 week is not going to get the job done. The schedule was hard. The players all injured. It matters not.

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SB Nation

Down one spot to 15.

Injury woes may push the Pelicans too far off to make a move for the playoffs this season. Anthony Davis has missed time throughout the season with dings, but it's the time his teammates are missing that really put the nail in the coffin. The Pelicans have tried to stay competitive even when Davis isn't around, but it's hard to overcome the kind of roster replenishment New Orleans needs.

NBA.com

Steady at 13.

The Pelicans had been holding their own against the other teams in the West's top 10, but have lost three straight against the group to drop three behind the Thunder. Anthony Davis has put up ridiculous numbers when he's been healthy (and when he gets touches), but has now missed 47 games in his first three seasons with a plethora of minor injuries.

ESPN

Down two spots to 15.

In spite of the myriad minor injuries that have plagued Anthony Davis all season, as summed up neatly here by our NBA.com pal John Schuhmann, New Orleans really had an opportunity to snag that final playoff spot. We've just seen too many crunch times The Brow didn't get the ball enough.

Sports Illustrated

Down four spots to 15.

Injuries continue to be a cruel thorn in the side of the Pelicans. After going 9–2, New Orleans has lost four of five as it deals with injuries to Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik and Ryan Anderson.

Yahoo! Sports

Down three spots to 15.

The Pelicans are in desperate need of some late-season heroics from All-Star Anthony Davis to revive their fading playoff hopes.

CBS Sports

Down five spots to 19.

You ever seen a pelican soaring through the air, reaching majestic heights? Or do you see them scrumming around the dock for spare fish parts. Yeah, that's what I thought. Pelicans may have blown too many chances.

News of Note

About those injuries. For the masochistic readers out there, take a look at the injury page on Basketball Reference. Really gory stuff. "Bring your goggles" as one NFL wide receiver put it.