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Game 33: Zion Williamson throws down several pre-game dunks but minds elsewhere before start of Pelicans-Pacers contest

RIP Carley McCord

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The New Orleans Pelicans will soon tip-off against the Indiana Pacers, but plenty of minds will understandably be elsewhere.

Carley McCord was one of the five victims killed in a plane crash just outside of the Lafayette Regional Airport this morning. She was enroute to the Peach Bowl for the LSU Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners matchup. For those who don’t know, she was the in-game host for the Pelicans and Saints, a part-time reporter for WDSU and ESPN, and had or has held other prominent positions within the sports world.

The Pelicans have released the following statement.

In addition, prior to Alvin Gentry starting his usual pregame interview, he first asked media if he could give his thoughts on the devastating news.

Yeah, so, there’s a game today, Jrue, Justin and Aaron Holiday could all find themselves on the court at the same time, and Zion Williamson threw down several dunks in pregame warmups, but for any further details regarding the matchup, please give Zach’s preview a read. Basketball just isn’t at the forefront of my thoughts right now.

Where To Watch/Listen

What: New Orleans Pelicans (9-23) vs Indiana Pacers (21-11)

Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

When: Saturday, December 28, 2019 6:00 PM CST