It took every bit of energy the New Orleans Pelicans had left to defeat the all but playoff-eliminated Charlotte Hornets in the Smoothie King Center on Tuesday night. The Pelicans walked away winners at 119-115, but a large collective feared the worst as Alvin Gentry called timeout with less than three minutes remaining and a 104-98 deficit.
On a night where Anthony Davis was his usual spectacular self, a night where Rajon Rondo dished 17 assists, and Emeka Okafor rewound the clock to 2004, the star against the Hornets, yet again, was Jrue Holiday. While Davis set the tone defensively with six rebounds in the final 2:40, Holiday provided the offense with 10 points that injected the Pelicans with the life they needed.
And we discuss the Pelicans eight foul shots. EIGHT!
On today’s podcast we also cover the Pelicans’ offensive prowess, their defensive limitations, and the up and down play of their depth.
While Nikola Mirotic contributed 11 and nine and a positive net rating, Oleh still believes him to be struggling and the numbers back up his sentiment, at least offensively. Niko has had a hard time getting comfortable, opting for contested threes instead of attacking. He is shooting but 41% from the floor and 34% from three.
So too, Darius Miller put up zero points in ten minutes, and Cheick Diallo earned his first DNP since January 28th.
But there was much to celebrate as well. Okafor continues his comeback in grand fashion, AD looks fully healed from his ankle injury, and Holiday continues to look more comfortable since Boogie’s unfortunate injury.
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