Yes, Pelicans fans, we’ve arrived at the end. Tonight the nightmare that has been the 2018-19 season is going to be finally over.
It seems only fitting that the Pels close out at home against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have put the punctuation mark at the end of three of New Orleans last five campaigns.
As this one reaches its conclusion, it’s hard to imagine two franchises further apart. One is working on maintaining its stranglehold on the NBA while the other is trying to release its death grip on mediocrity.
Nothing that happens on the court Tuesday night matters much at this point. The Pelicans can’t really improve their lottery position after picking up a win against Sacramento on Sunday, and the Warriors have already secured the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
While DeMarcus Cousins seems eager to play in front of the New Orleans crowd, all of the drama surrounding this game is completely off the court for the Pelicans.
The Anthony Davis era presumably ends with a whimper, as Davis has been sidelined for seven of the Pelicans’ last eight games.
Rumors continue to swirl that the team’s search for a general manager is rapidly coming to a close, which will undoubtedly lead to changes throughout the organization.
Pelicans fans have been looking to the offseason for weeks, but for one night everyone should be focused on the players and coaches who have endured this bizarre circus of a season.
Whatever overriding disappointment we all feel over another lost year rooting for the home team, can be set aside as we applaud the professionalism of Alvin Gentry and his staff, and for the players who competed every night.
They’ve earned it. They deserve it.
Whether the Pels suit up 8 or 12, they are our team.
With as many as 10 players becoming free agents this offseason, and Davis’ expected trade, we’ll never see this group together again.
Of course, there are no guarantees going forward. The future is appealing because it’s unknown.
But when the final buzzer sounds Tuesday night, the future will have arrived.
So yes, while the Pelicans and Warriors are going in different directions today, let’s hope that the Pelicans are on the verge of moving forward.
Where To Watch/Listen
What: Golden State Warriors (56-24) at New Orleans Pelicans (33-48)
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019. 7:00 PM CDT
How: FSNO, 99.5 FM WRNO