Look at this starting lineup and tell me what you think happened:
With news that Jrue Holiday would be out with a left toe injury, the Pelicans were bringing a wet paper bag to a gun fight. Short of a meteor crashing into the Toronto locker room, there was less than a one percent chance of New Orleans pulling this win out. And I hate being so critical of this particular team that was on the floor tonight because it's not like we can expect this bunch to beat that Toronto team.
After the first quarter, New Orleans shot 27 percent. In that frame, the trio of Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca and Dante Cunningham combined to make one shot in 12 attempts. What went wrong in that quarter, you ask? Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca and Dante Cunningham had to shoot 12 shots among them.
For the night, New Orleans had a team shooting effort of 43 percent from the floor, 26% from three and 65% from the free throw line. The plus/minus for the Pelican starters was a combined -105. Newly acquired Jordan Hamilton was the only person to have a positive plus/minus number and it was a whopping...+1.
And really that's the only thing I can take away from this game. With these particular players on the floor and those players sitting on the bench with injury we can't expect...well, anything from them. Play hard and have fun, I guess. I'm not so much at a loss for words with this team, it's more I don't know what else can be said. I mean at one point New Orleans had a lineup of Tim Frazier, Dante Cunningham, Alonzo Gee, Luke Babbitt and Kendrick Perkins on the court. What about that inspires confidence in winning a possession or a quarter? And those guys are supposed to win a game?
If anyone is craving entertaining basketball, I recommend the last little bit of the NCAA tournament. Lord knows you won't find any in New Orleans.