New Orleans just can't have nice things.
The BoogieBrow era hit yet another speed bump on Wednesday night as they lost to a depleted Raptors team because they struggled to put the ball through the hoop. Sound familiar? I sure hope so since it’s become a rather sickening pattern since the All-Star break.
Toronto, playing without Kyle Lowry, defeated the Pelicans by a final score of 94-87. The Pelicans again started a game strongly but slowly fizzled out over the course of the remaining three quarters.
If you think about it, the in-game collapses have become rather synonymous with how things have played out since DeMarcus Cousins’ arrival. At first, the excitement was through the roof, with fans momentarily forgetting the disappointment of the first 1.5 years under Alvin Gentry. However, once the games started proving this team should have no expectations, the pain returned as reality set in. More losses, more questions and, oh look, tonight we witnessed another Anthony Davis injury.
Following a promising 1st quarter, the Pelicans superstar suffered a contusion to his left wrist after smacking the rim.
Davis went on to finish the quarter, but he did not come out with the team in the second half. It was a rough night for the Brow, as he also appeared to bang his head on the floor after taking a hard foul late in the first half. Although New Orleans entered halftime with a narrow 46-45 lead, ominous clouds were all over the horizon.
DeMarcus Cousins, who was on his way to a great game, had a second half he’d rather forget. While he scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and registered two blocks, he was unable to find the bottom of the net over the final 24 minutes, hitting just a single shot on 10 attempts.
Adding to the bewilderment, Cousins continues to be the Pelicans only semi-reliable three point threat, hitting three times from deep; the rest of the team combined for six triples. Boogie is still settling into Gentry's offense, but it will be interesting to see how the head coach decides to use Cousins if Davis is forced to miss additional time. Maybe a good place to start would be initiating his offense closer to the rim...
Holiday lays a stinker
One would have figured Davis leaving the game due to injury would have kicked Jrue Holiday into All-Star mode. Well, you guessed wrong. Holiday came up small again when the team needed him most. Jrue managed a meager seven points (on 3-9 shooting), six assists and zero rebounds in 32 minutes.
What star point guard takes only nine shots in a game after your first offensive option has gone down? Holiday's recent struggles have been well chronicled, but this is yet another cautionary game for Dell Demps and the Pelicans organization. If he doesn't look like a star and he doesn't consistently play like a star, don't pay him like a star.
The rest of the team wasn't much better, as the role players missed too many wide open looks. I don’t need to mention names, you know who I’m talking about.
However, E'Twaun Moore did kick in 13 points while Jordan Crawford provided another small spark with 10 points, three assists and three rebounds in 26 minutes. Crawford continues to give the Pels added pop from deep, hitting 2-4 three point attempts on the night.
Overall nothing to see here: Boogie was on his way to a great game but collapsed, Davis suffered another injury, and the rest of the roster might as well be garbage wrapped inside trash bags while cooking over a steaming pile of radioactive waste.
No, I’m not bitter at all.
The Pelicans hit the road to face the Charlotte Bobcats at 6 pm local time on Saturday. Continue to check back here for updates on Anthony Davis's injury and all other Pelicans related news.