Last week the New Orleans Pelicans went 1-2. An impressive blowout victory over the admitted injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday was followed by a dismantling by the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday and a nearly wire-to-wire loss on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Anthony Davis has made the incredible routine and he averaged, AVERAGED, 33 points and 12.3 rebounds in those three games. Jrue Holiday was the only other Pelican to average double figures, with a relatively paltry 13.7 points per game to go with 5.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds.
You don’t need to listen hard to hear the “Anthony Davis has no help” pieces being written at this point. Not with this kind of support. Davis is currently leading the league in points, blocks, and minutes per game. His PER is an astounding 31.87. Of course, two years ago at roughly the same point in the season it was an even more impressive 33.3.
The Pelicans moved little in power rankings this week. Despite Anthony Davis performing like a legitimate MVP-candidate New Orleans is mired in the bottom third of the league. Tonight they will try to get back on track against the Memphis Grizzlies who have been absolutely hammered by injuries.
Last Week: 23 - This Week: 23
The Pelicans have followed up their four-game, "Jrue's back!" winning streak with a 1-4 stretch in which they've scored just 96 points per 100 possessions in the four losses. Buddy Hield made some shots (16 points, 4-for-7 on threes) in his return to Oklahoma on Sunday, but Jrue Holiday had a rough weekend against the Clippers and Thunder, and Alvin Gentry has already broken up the Holiday-Tim Frazier backcourt that had a lot of success during the winning streak. E'Twaun Moore started on Sunday and the Pels were in a seven-point hole less than six minutes into the game.
Last Week: 23 - This Week: 25
Anthony Davis' latest ridiculous line (37 points, 15 boards and four blocks) was somewhat obscured in OKC by Angry Russ Westbrook uncorking his seemingly unfathomable fifth consecutive triple-double and returning Sooners star Buddy Hield hitting four 3-pointers in his first game on Oklahoma soil since leading the school to last season's Final Four. But rest assured that Davis has our full attention after this recent podcast visit and because he merely happens to be leading the league in scoring at the quarter mark (among other things).
Last Week: 22 - This Week: 21
If the Pelicans make the playoffs, Anthony Davis should probably be the MVP, but they probably won’t, so he probably won’t be. Basketball can seems so simple, sometimes.
Last Week: 25 - This Week: 23
If this team is going to crawl out of the deep hole it started in, they can't afford to do things like lose to Dallas. They face the Thunder, Grizzlies, Clippers and Warriors in the next eight days.