Following a 115-99 defeat at the hands of the Orlando Magic on Monday evening, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry pointed out a lot of things went wrong in the matchup: offense, defense, and even the accustomed energy levels were amiss.
Listen to Trevor and I break down the game, highlighting not only the failures, but more importantly, why it’s far from the end of the world. Stuff needs fixing, but hey, in case you’ve forgotten, New Orleans is 3-4. Last season, the Pelicans started 0-7, and in 2015-16, 1-6.
It’s not as if the team has started behind some mammoth eight ball this season, right?!
And as far as DeMarcus Cousins, let’s not forget he was downright inhuman the first six games of the schedule. Hell, he earned my vote for early season MVP! He’s allowed a clunker, just like any of us pulling that 9-5.
Yet, despite the truthfulness of this statement, it was deeply troubling to see how much New Orleans really does rely on Boogie to carry the biggest of loads on a game-by-game basis.
That has to change!
Some have called for the Pelicans front office to add another reliable big man behind the All-NBA duo. Sure, the right guy could make a difference, but listen as to why we think the solution lies elsewhere. Hint: the Pelicans did enjoy measurable success the last few years behind an Anthony Davis-led small ball team...
At the end of the day, the head coach is right — it’s one game out of 82 on the schedule. One certainly hopes this doesn’t morph into a habitual excuse, but if one goes back to the start of preseason, remember that effort levels have not been a question.
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