The New Orleans Pelicans will face a Washington Wizards team tonight that will be without eight players on their roster, including Russell Westbrook (rest) and Rui Hachimura (health and safety protocols).
Stan Van Gundy stated in pregame that he doesn’t like it when opponents are short-handed as it can create an air of complacency in a locker room, among other things. However, Washington will have Bradley Beal in action, one of the best players in the game today.
Will the Pelicans fail to bring the requisite effort and focus after finding themselves in a very similar situation against the Timberwolves this past Saturday which resulted in a disappointing defeat? Let’s hope not.
Losing eight of nine games should be more than enough of a wakeup call for the Pelicans. If not, maybe David Griffin should consider accepting one of the trade offers sitting on his table sooner rather than later.
Brian Windhorst just said on ESPN's The Jump that the Pelicans will be sellers at the trade deadline. Also, the rumors are not just centered around Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick, he included Eric Bledsoe's name, too. pic.twitter.com/EOOUULocok— Oleh Kosel (@OlehKosel) January 27, 2021
The current combination on New Orleans roster isn’t working, fans are upset and we’re not even through a quarter of the 2020-21 schedule yet. Maybe dealing one of Lonzo Ball, Eric Bledsoe or JJ Redick now pays an immediate benefit or two.
Who: New Orleans Pelicans (5-10) vs Washington Wizards (3-10)
When: January 27, 8:00 p.m. Central
Where to watch: FSNO
Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM