The Pelicans were led by the Big Three, who deposited 70 points and several jaw-dropping highlights, against a greatly depleted Magic roster missing Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, and Terrence Ross.
However, the bench propelled the Pels over the Heat, scoring 43 points which included Ian Clark’s game-leading 19. That helped New Orleans outpace Miami who were also woefully represented without Dion Waiters, Hassan Whiteside, Rodney McGruder and Justise Winslow.
But wins are not easy to come by in this league as evidenced by a disappointing performance on December 8th against the Kings who were led by Zach Randolph. Every game matters, and in the latest two, the Pelicans shined. They took care of the ball (15 and 14 turnovers), kept their opponents under 100 (97 and 94), and kept up their defensive intensity throughout the game.
Speaking of which, defensive intensity is something Alvin Gentry and DeMarcus Cousins preached to the media on Tuesday.
In this podcast we address the Pelicans’ need for continued success and intensity against a three-game home stand of winnable games versus Brooklyn, Dallas and New York. Not easy, mind you, but games the Pelicans need to win in order to outpace the competition in a Western Conference where teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder are just warming up.
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