The New Orleans Pelicans (7-16) will travel to California to play the Los Angeles Clippers (16-7) Saturday night at 9:30pm CST. The game will be televised on Fox Sports New Orleans, Prime Ticket and NBAtv, or if the airwaves are your only option, Sean Kelley will have you covered on 99.5FM.
Earlier this month, the Clippers came to New Orleans and whipped the Pelicans soundly, 114-96. Too many wide open looks for Blake Griffin and Luc Mbah a Moute destroyed any chances for victory. It’ll be worth watching if Darren Erman decides to change the strategy entirely just one week later.
The loss to the Clippers was responsible for kicking off the 4-game losing streak the Pelicans currently find themselves on and sadly it’s likely to continue. New Orleans looked all out of sorts against the Sixers, and it’s probable that both Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore will miss the game. Shorthanded and playing rather poor basketball of late against one of the best teams in league brings to mind a line out of the movie, Taken, “Good luck.”
In other news, the Pelicans waived Anthony Brown on Friday morning because he hadn’t been effective enough in a substantial role. Later in the day Marc Stein reported that Reggie Williams would soon be in uniform.
The New Orleans Pelicans are calling up swingman Reggie Williams from the @nbadleague's Oklahoma City Blue, according to league sources— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 10, 2016
If you’re keeping track, the 15th roster spot will already be occupied by a 5th different player this season. Alonzo Gee came first, then Lance Stephenson, next Archie Goodwin and most recently Brown. It’s hard to argue with moving on from the Brown experiment, but Williams? Meh.
What to Watch
Anthony Davis’ efficiency. AD’s shooting percentage has been trending downwards during the month of December. In November he averaged 31 points per game on close to 21 shots per game; this month he’s averaging 28 points per game on over 24 shots a game. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that all the minutes, losses and small injuries are beginning to take their toll, but please give credit where credit is due: Davis continues to battle and is still trying to inspire teammates as any good leader should.
The score at halftime and at the end of game. The New Orleans Pelicans are 0-11 on the season when they trail at halftime, and 0-9 if the offense fails to top 100 or more points. So if the team isn’t ahead at intermission or if the century mark looks unrealistic, go ahead and contemplate on getting to bed early.