On Tuesday evening the New Orleans Pelicans will host the Indiana Pacers at 7pm inside the Smoothie King Arena. There will be no television coverage, but be sure to tune into 99.5 and listen to Sean Kelley call the game.
Although Solomon Hill alerted the media yesterday that he will treat this game like any other contest, don’t expect that to be entirely the case. The Pacers decided to not pick up his option last year, a paltry sum of $2.3 million, and then proceeded to let him rot on the bench until the final few months of the 2015-16 season. In addition, Hill will be tasked with defending Paul George, a friend, once practice combatant and one of the best players in the league.
The Pelicans guards will also have their hands full. Instead of facing reserves along the lines of J.J. Barea and Justin Anderson, the assignments will be newcomer Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis. Alvin Gentry has stated on numerous occasions that one of the biggest faults of last year’s defense was containing dribble penetration. The Pacers starting backcourt will present a formidable challenge, so will Tim Frazier and Buddy Hield be thrown into the fire or will the combination of known defensive stalwarts, Langston Galloway and E’Twaun Moore, start for a second consecutive game?
Anthony Davis is expected to play about 12 minutes again, yet no one should have any complaints as it’ll be interesting to see how Terrence Jones follows up his strong performance against the Mavericks. Gentry stated that he is looking for consistency from him, so another positive game by Jones could further strengthen his bid for a prominent regular season role.
Expect Lance Stephenson to get plenty of run. Dell Demps made mention that a hard decision is forthcoming, so it will be important for the coaching staff to get another good, long look at the controversial wingman.
In case you haven’t heard, Stephenson was in the midst of giving a local radio interview when he vanished from the airwaves following what was presumed to be a difficult question.