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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 94: Pelicans salvage weekend, props to Alvin Gentry, and here comes the back-to-back-to-back!

Anthony Davis continued his dominance over the Celtics but Cheick Diallo made for a nice surprise.

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The New Orleans Pelicans earned a split over the weekend, but thinking about the loss to the Houston Rockets still leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth. It’s not so much that the Pelicans lost, but rather how they were beaten on their home floor. Anthony Davis was manhandled throughout the contest without nearly enough penalties being handed out, but James Harden was the beneficiary of an important 50/50 call where the contact was not obvious. Well, at least the reaction of Head Coach Alvin Gentry was priceless in postgame media, huh?

Listen to Kevin, Preston, and I give our two cents on all the drama as well as the decision to rest Rajon Rondo and whether Davis could have circumvented Houston’s game plan of just bullying him in the post.

Additionally, we talk about the performances of several key players from over the weekend, including the Wakanda-loving Cheick Diallo, the spark plug known as Ian Clark and the steady Emeka Okafor. We also touch on the uncomfortable iciness of Nikola Mirotic that is beginning to remind some of us of Ryan Anderson. Oh, and of course we give our thoughts on the return of Solomon Hill to the lineup!

While righting the ship against the Boston Celtics was nice, there’s no time to celebrate because the Pelicans will now have to manage three games in three nights. Although the competition isn’t the most fearsome around, take notice of why each of us are fearful of at least one of the teams on the upcoming slate from among the Mavericks, Pacers and Lakers.

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