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NBA Preview: New Orleans Pelicans must avoid bowing down in matchup against Detroit Pistons

Pelicans need to show some semblance of effort Monday night against Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.

Dallas Mavericks v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images

The New Orleans Pelicans are the worst team in the NBA.

Sure, there are a small handful of teams that have just as bad or an even worse record as the Pelicans. And from a talent standpoint, New Orleans does possess a tantalizing collection of pieces for the future. But after getting embarrassed by 46 — a margin that still sounds fake — against the Mavericks Saturday afternoon, it’s hard to find a team currently worse than New Orleans.

The Pelicans didn’t compete on Saturday, that’s their words not mine, and the current eight-game losing streak has reached its apex. Surely it can’t get any worse?

For my sanity, it better not get worse than Saturday because if it does it’s going to be a long winter and spring. The season is by no means over. It might be getting awfully close to being over, but I suppose in the grand scheme of things New Orleans does have ample time to turn things around and accomplish a lot.

So let’s call it: Monday night is the most important game of the season for New Orleans. This game with Detroit is bigger than basketball, it’s about the Pelicans’ manhoods. If the players and coaching staff were not thoroughly embarrassed by their no-show in Dallas and allow this losing streak to continue, then relegate the organization to the G-League or move them to Seattle, Vegas, or the moon for all I care.

I’ll say it again, New Orleans can’t allow this losing streak to continue. It really is just that simple. After getting beat like the organization has never been beaten before in setting a new franchise low, the men in that locker room need to come out Monday night pissed off and make a statement that they are not, as Alvin Gentry said, the pin cushion.

Although stopping proven All-Star Blake Griffin will likely prove difficult, this means that Andre Drummond cannot be allowed to grab every rebound inside the paint, Luke Kennard comfortably launch three-pointer after three-pointer, and Derrick Rose feel like he’s the 2011 MVP again. None of this talk in postgame about how Detroit is a really good team and had won three of four entering Monday’s contest.

You follow me?

I’m sick of writing about long losing streaks. I’m sure you’re tired of watching the league’s heavy hitters and bottom feeders alike use New Orleans as a means to get back on track. And the players have to be the most fed up with all of it.

So, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, everyone in that locker room, what are you going to do about it?

Where To Watch/Listen

What: New Orleans Pelicans (6-17) vs Detroit Pistons (9-14)

Where: Smoothie King Center

When: Monday, December 9th, 2019 7:00 PM CST

How: Fox Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports Detroit