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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 70: New Orleans Pelicans waste couple of opportunities and now face uphill climb

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David Grubb of Crescent City Sports joined Preston and I on this edition of our podcast to discuss the state of the current New Orleans Pelicans.

After winning three straight games by double figures, the Pelicans dropped several home contests to sub-.500 teams: the Mavericks and Knicks. Dallas shot the ball extremely well from the perimeter while New York won the battle inside the paint, yet New Orleans had legitimate chances to cap off two sizable comebacks.

They prevailed in neither game. Why?

We talk about Head Coach Alvin Gentry’s decision to bench Rajon Rondo against the Mavs, Anthony Davis going for a game-winning three to beat the Knicks and all the other things that led to the confounding defeats.

Is it also troubling that the leader of the team, AD, say that he wasn’t frustrated by the latest losses, only disappointed?

On another note, are we watching the 2014-15 Pels all over again!?

Regardless of our opinions, there’s no denying New Orleans has an uphill climb considering postseason teams normally finish with good home records. Can the Pelicans wrap up the schedule by going 15-8 in the Smooth King Center?

Lastly, the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves are on tap next. Listen to our predictions, but they’re not written in stone. The outcomes will be grossly affected by which Pelicans team steps out onto the floor.

Enjoy the listen everyone, and if can, please subscribe and rate us — it’ll make Preston the happiest dude in the world!