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Gamethread: Broadly understanding turnover issue ahead of Pelicans-Timberwolves rematch

Unfamiliarity is likely the main culprit

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The Pelicans are turning the ball over approximately on 20% of their possessions. But so too are the Pistons, the Rockets and — surprisingly — the Nuggets. However, Denver is the only team that hasn’t been sidetracked by the miscues, sitting 2-0 with wins over the Suns and Spurs.

So what does this mean? I’m not sure about Denver, but New Orleans, like Detroit and Houston, are suffering through too much newness. Against seasoned professionals, that’s a recipe for disappointment.

The Pelicans are starting an All-Star in Brandon Ingram, but then four players unaccustomed to such a role in a New Orleans jersey. Nickeil Alexander-Walker has largely come off the bench in his young career, Herbert Jones is a rookie, and Devonte’ Graham and Jonas Valanciunas are veterans but new too each other and the rest of the team.

When you factor in Zion Williamson, the No. 1 option, is out — who could mitigate a lot of the fresh face issue by dictating the most and having everyone else follow his lead, the Pelicans slow offensive start was almost predictable.

Let’s hope they grow together quickly. Geaux Pels!

For more on tonight’s contest, please give Travis’ preview a read.

Pelicans injury report: Zion Williamson (right foot surgery), Josh Hart (right quadriceps tendinosis)

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (0-3) at Minnesota Timberwolves (2-0)

When: October 25, 7:00 p.m. Central

Where to watch: Bally Sports New Orleans, League Pass

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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