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Game Thread: Can the Pelicans bounce back against the Thunder after a tough loss last night?

The NBA’s L2M report from the defeat to the Nuggets stated that referees erred twice in the final minute, penalizing the Pels incorrectly.

Oklahoma City Thunder v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images

The New Orleans Pelicans will face off against the Thunder in less than a few hours time, and they’ll be without center Steven Adams (right MTP sprain). Willy Hernangomez will start in his place.

However, the biggest topic remains the end of last night’s loss to the Nuggets. And earlier today, the NBA added a little more fuel to fire.

In the L2M report from Denver, not only should Nikola Jokic’s block on Zion Williamson with 2.2 seconds left in regulation have been ruled differently (a foul) but also Facundo Campazzo should have been whistled for an offensive foul on Brandon Ingram — a reversal of the call on the court where Denver’s point guard was awarded a couple of key free throws.

To be fair, the Pelicans put themselves in a difficult position by playing too loosely with the ball in the first half (15 turnovers!) and then not coming up with enough solid stretches for the rest of the game. There’s obviously nothing that can be done about it now.

Instead, the Pels must focus on the Thunder, who recently just ended a franchise-worst, 14-game skid. They have to take care of business tonight and then on Saturday against the Timberwolves to have a good chance of making the upcoming back-to-back versus the Warriors next week really meaningful basketball.

For more on today’s matchup, please give Travis’ preview a read.

Geaux Pels!

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (27-35) at Oklahoma City Thunder (21-41)

When: April 29, 8:00 p.m. Central

Where to watch: Bally Sports New Orleans

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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