The New Orleans Pelicans are still in search of their first win, but unlike last season, there exists a notably different vibe among this year’s group.
Anthony Davis has gone full-alien mode and his team has decidedly followed him into the trenches. Each of the two losses have witnessed double-digit deficits, yet the Pelicans never quit, putting themselves in positions to possibly sneak away with comeback wins late in fourth quarters.
As a collective whole, Davis’ surrounding cast has disappointed in a number of statistical categories, but the effort, grit and perseverance are things to build on. Eventually this group of professional athletes should enjoy some success because Buddy Hield, E’Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill and Langston Galloway are not going to combine for a 23.5% field goal percentage the entire season.
Will the breakthrough come against the San Antonio Spurs tonight? Probably not, but it’s been exciting to watch glimpses of the potential on this roster. They play hard, seem to like each other and Davis is legitimately one of the best players in the league right now. The New Orleans Pelicans appear likely to trend positively as the season progresses. Hope, is a beautiful thing.
|2016-17 NBA Regular Season|
|October 29, 2016, 7:00 PM Central|
|AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX|
|WRNO 99.5 FM|
|Tim Frazier||PG||Patty Mills|
|E'Twaun Moore||SG||Kyle Anderson|
|Solomon Hill||SF||Kawhi Leonard|
|Anthony Davis||PF||LaMarcus Aldridge|
|Omer Asik||C||Pau Gasol|
|Advanced Stats (2016-17 season) via NBA Stats|
|110.60 (1st)||Pace||97.99 (25th)|
|97.1 (23rd)||ORtg||118.9 (1st)|
|104.2 (18th)||DRtg||98.2 (7th)|
|-7.1 (25th)||Net Rating||+20.7 (1st)|
Pertinent reading material:
- New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs game preview
- Where Anthony Davis Goes, the New Orleans Pelicans will try to follow
- Ever wanted to see members of the Pelicans respond to an ink blot test? Now’s your chance!
Spurs announce Ginobili and Parker will sit out tonight vs New Orleans for rest. Will join Danny Green (quad) on DNP list.— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) October 29, 2016
Still the same injury report for the Pelicans ahead of tonight's game against the Spurs: Holiday, Evans, Pondexter out.— Justin Verrier (@JustinVerrier) October 29, 2016