At the end of the day, missing 13 of 28 free throws came back to bite the Pelicans in the rear, hard. Despite the frightful performance from the charity stripe, however, New Orleans had a chance to win the game with 8.6 seconds remaining. All they needed was one more defensive stop.
Unfortunately, this is what transpired.
Solomon Hill overplayed the passing lane and was burned by TJ Warren on a back door cut. pic.twitter.com/Hzi6XJFrAo— Oleh Kosel (@Redhopeful) November 5, 2016
No matter what, Solomon Hill cannot allow himself to get burned on a backdoor cut because look at how well the floor is spread when the pass is made. He should have never overplayed the passing lane because there was no available help waiting behind him!
Anyways, here’s the shot New Orleans settled for on the other end.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans had to settle for this much more difficult shot by E'Twaun Moore. pic.twitter.com/hzyAzabS8R— Oleh Kosel (@Redhopeful) November 5, 2016
Yes, it hurt immensely that the Pelicans had no remaining timeouts because during the final huddle, the team focused entirely on making a defensive stop — Darren Erman did all the talking.
Sigh, this one hurts, guys.
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker played the villain in a battle for the bottom of the NBA’s Western Conference. He lit up the Pelicans defense for 38 points, including a three-pointer to tie the game at 100 with 12 seconds remaining in regulation and then this shot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
DEVIN BOOKER WHAT THE WHAT pic.twitter.com/M0ofZBFjyn— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) November 5, 2016
However, there is a good argument to be made that none of this should have perhaps even occurred. With 4:18 to go in the game, Booker fouled Anthony Davis well away from the ball and AD crumbled to the floor.
Booker just laid a shoulder into Davis' midsection running back on defense. That might be a flagrant.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) November 5, 2016
Yet, the referees only awarded a personal foul because they didn’t have the proper review footage to make a ruling.
Arena cameras have the shot but FSNO does not. No flagrant foul. Fans unhappy. So is Alvin Gentry.— The Bird Writes (@thebirdwrites) November 5, 2016
A flagrant one results in two free throws and possession. A flagrant two and Booker is done for the night. I guess when a team is still in search of it’s first win, it’s not allowed to catch a break?
- In regulation, Lance
StephensonSwagtastic was at it again, and made a difficult leaner that gave the Pelicans a two-point lead with 2.1 seconds remaining to force overtime. Overall, though, he was quite a mixed bag, making just 5-15 shots and drawing the ire of Gentry for not initiating more ball movement because the offense was s-t-a-g-n-a-n-t.
- Davis had another efficient offensive performance and finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds off 7/11 shooting. However, most of us were truly amazed he didn’t get enough touches down the stretch. P.J. Tucker, a much smaller defender, prevented AD from getting possession in the post. That just can’t happen. Davis has to do a better job of getting open and the team needs to make a more concerted effort to get him the ball.
- Anthony Davis got some much needed offensive punch from forward Terrence Jones, who Alvin Gentry inserted into the starting lineup in favor of center Omer Asik. The Pelicans went through Jones to start the game, and the four-year player out of Kentucky lead the team with 11 points off 5/6 shooting in the first quarter. He finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and four blocks, but he was noticeably absent during most of the final stretch. Why?
- Omer Asik had a big second half on the boards, corralling 8 rebounds in the time span and finished with 11 on the game.
- Buddy Hield had another tough night shooting and finished with 10 points and 4 rebounds. The rookie went 4/14 from the field and shot 2/10 from the three-point line.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now one of three teams that have yet to win a game this season. Good times... hardly! At least we’ve got Stephenson to continue providing the side entertainment value?
Lance Stephenson doing his best Dikembe Mutombo impression. pic.twitter.com/VNmHNkhjqV— Oleh Kosel (@Redhopeful) November 5, 2016