Head coach Alvin Gentry knows it’s time for his team to roll up its sleeves with a sub-500 record and a fourth of the season in the books.
After a 124-107 loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday, the New Orleans Pelicans sit at 10-11 overall and ride a four-game losing streak. Boston shot 50 percent from the field, making 19 of its 39 threes while led by Kyrie Irving’s 26-point, 10-assist double-double.
“We know that we’re a good basketball team,” Gentry said. “No one wants to hear that. You’ve got to prove that on the court. That’s where we’ve got to get back to. We’ve got to get back to working, correcting some things and proving it on the court.”
First quarters haven’t been kind to the Pelicans. New Orleans committed eight first-quarter turnovers against the Celtics, with Jrue Holiday responsible for five of the miscues, which created a quick 34-21 difference on the scoreboard. Opponents are averaging 35.8 points per game in the opening 12 minutes against the Pelicans across the previous four contests.
New Orleans granted only 23 points in the second quarter, allowing them to make up some ground and cut the deficit to single digits at halftime. The comeback was spearheaded by Nikola Mirotic and his 19 points, including a sparkling 5-of-6 from deep.
Even though the third frame included a crowd-silencing 11-0 swing from the Celtics during one stretch, Anthony Davis was not prepared to be buried just yet. Davis converted on a pair of free throws with nearly nine minutes to play in the fourth that made it a winnable six-point game, but the three-point barrage Boston responded with was too tall of an obstacle.
Boston nailed six of its 11 threes in the final period to hand the Pelicans their first loss at home with Davis in the lineup, who finished with 27 points. Jrue Holiday ended with 13 points, seven assists and eight of the team’s 22 turnovers.
Both Davis and Holiday declined to speak with the media following the loss.
Up next, New Orleans will try and regroup ahead of Wednesday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards.