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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 67: The time is now for the New Orleans Pelicans

It’s a back-to-back set, but the competition is the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat.

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With a record of 15 wins and 16 losses, the New Orleans Pelicans find themselves at a crossroads. The “razor thin margin of error” has been far from a secret this season, but lately, the cries from the angry mob have gotten a bit louder.

Consider Anthony Davis’ interview with Adrian Wojnarowksi, where the frustrated superstar mentioned “winning” a total of 22 times. Or, Bill Simmons’ most recent comments on The Ringer, giving his latest hot take on his disillusion with seeing Anthony Davis in a Celtic uniform.

And yet, the Pelicans have every opportunity to right the ship in the upcoming weeks. With tonight and tomorrow’s contests against the depleted corpses of the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, coming out of Christmas break with anything other than a 17-16 record would probably be a disaster.

The Orlando Magic, currently on a six-game losing streak, have fallen apart at the seams, and while injuries play a part, they are hardly the only culprit. Will Ogburn of Orlando Pinstriped Post, and Philip Rossman Reich of Locked on Magic explain in further detail in the podcast attachment below.

Orlando Magic lacking fight, and everyone knows it,” the titled article of Philip’s headliner on the OrlandoMagicDaily page refers to the Magic’s overall lack of energy, while being without Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross, and Aaron Gordon.

The Heat pulled off a 90-89 stunner against Boston while playing without Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, Rodney McGruder, James Johnson and Hassan Whiteside, but it took the brilliant manipulation of Erik Spoelstra’s zone defense and a career night from Kelly Olynyk to do it.

Not only that, the undermanned unit will be on their own back-to-back. It’s hard to fathom they’ll be able to hold the Pelicans under 90 points, and unless Wayne Ellington lights himself on fire, it’s difficult to ascertain where the scoring will come from for the Heat.

Join Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops as he gives greater detail on the Pelicans’ upcoming challenge this Saturday night in Miami.

If the Pelicans don’t walk away from this with two victories, the panic meter may climb to an unreachable level before Christmas. But Happy Holidays, everyone! :)

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