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Pistons-Pelicans Preview

With their longest winning stretch of the season now over, the New Orleans Pelicans can get back on track by continuing their success at home and against the Detroit Pistons. The Pelicans can equal a season-high four-game home winning streak with a sixth straight victory over the Pistons on Wednesday night. New Orleans' five-game run ended with Monday's 102-93 loss at Dallas. It...
Via AP on Fox
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans learning to fight back

The New Orleans Pelicans are learning to close games in adverse conditions, even without three of their top scorers at times. The Pelicans have battled back from double digit deficits 7 times overall this season, five times just in 2015. Pelicans, Largest Comeback Wins When Trailing at Any Point in Game - 2014-15 Deficit Date/Winner/Loser Trail Final Score  18 02/23/2015 NO vs...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cole helping keep Pelicans afloat in West playoff chase

NEW ORLEANS (AP) After all the winning he experienced in Miami, Norris Cole likes to think he can be a steadying force on a young team like the New Orleans Pelicans. So far, so good. New Orleans has won all three games since Cole joined the lineup following a multi-team trade last week - even as other key Pelicans players, including All-Star Anthony Davis, have been sidelined by...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat at New Orleans Pelicans game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. After all the winning he experienced in Miami, Norris Cole likes to think he can be a steadying force on a young team like the New Orleans Pelicans. So far, so good. Cole will face his old club for the second time in a week Friday night when the Pelicans host the Heat. New Orleans (30-27) has won all three games since Cole...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat at New Orleans Pelicans game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. After all the winning he experienced in Miami, Norris Cole likes to think he can be a steadying force on a young team like the New Orleans Pelicans. So far, so good. Cole will face his old club for the second time in a week Friday night when the Pelicans host the Heat. New Orleans (30-27) has won all three games since Cole...
Via Fox Sports Florida
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans battling for playoff spot, despite injuries

The scrappy New Orleans Pelicans squad refuses to give up on its playoff aspirations, despite having an average of 54 points a game sidelined with injury. The rest of the team is stepping up in the absence of Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson. Quincy Pondexter poured in a career high 25 points versus the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday.  "I'm so glad my shots were falling,"...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans GM refutes ESPN article, is pro-analytics

In a recent article by ESPN Insider's Kevin Pelton, all 30 NBA teams were ranked on their current relationship with analytics. Each was placed in one of five tiers, ranging from "all-in" to "nonbelievers." The New Orleans Pelicans were listed as "skeptics," which seems accurate based on recent personnel decisions and their playing style over the past few seasons. But according to...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nets-Pelicans Preview

Deron Williams appears to have recaptured his All-Star form for the Brooklyn Nets, who could become a threat down the stretch if their recent efforts are any indication. The Nets try to improve to 3-0 since the break as they visit the New Orleans Pelicans, who will again be without three of their top four scorers Wednesday night. Brooklyn (23-31) is clinging to the Eastern Conference...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

With stars sidelined, Pelicans still rally past Raptors

  Pelicans coach Monty Williams now has a better idea of how badly his undermanned squad wants to stay in the Western Conference playoff race. Alexis Ajinca capped a 16-point performance with a go-ahead layup in the final minute, and New Orleans erased an 18-point deficit en route to a 100-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. ''A lot of character being displayed...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic quickly establish defensive identity under Borrego

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As recently as three weeks ago, few people other than those inside the Orlando Magic organization knew who James Borrego was. That was far less a concern to him than determining exactly who the Magic were. When the 37-year-old native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with no previous head coaching experience outside of a couple of NBA summer leagues took over Feb. 5 for...
Via Fox Sports Florida
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors-Pelicans Preview

The New Orleans Pelicans' postseason hopes took a hit with their recent losing streak. They could have an even tougher time recovering from their latest personnel losses. After learning Anthony Davis will be sidelined for up to two weeks and Ryan Anderson for longer, the Pelicans try to end their longest home losing streak in more than a year Monday night against the Atlantic Division...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans: Shawne Williams And Norris Cole Trade Grade

(Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America) By Ciaran Mills: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff… After claiming that he wouldn’t re-sign with Phoenix this summer, Goran Dragic finally got his move, ending up in South Beach. For the deal to go through though, a third team had to be involved, and Dragic’s saviour came in the form of the New Orleans Pelicans. They traded away John...
Via HoopStuff
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans G Holiday aggravates injury, will miss at least 3 more weeks

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Pelicans say point guard Jrue Holiday has re-aggravated his lower right leg injury and is not scheduled to be re-evaluated for an additional three weeks. Coach Monty Williams, who spoke after Wednesday practice, also says he hopes Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson will return from their injuries for New Orleans' next game on Friday night in Orlando...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans' Holiday expected to miss at least 3 more weeks

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say point guard Jrue Holiday has re-aggravated his lower right leg injury and is not scheduled to be re-evaluated for an additional three weeks. Coach Monty Williams, who spoke after Wednesday practice, also says he hopes Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson will return from their injuries for New Orleans' next game on Friday night in Orlando...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

RealGM Radio: Mason Ginsberg On The Pelicans

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) goes in-depth on the New Orleans Pelicans with Mason Ginsberg of Bourbon Street Shots (@MasonGinsberg). The two discuss New Orleans' place in the playoff chase, Monty Williams' coaching job, the MVP race and Anthony Davis' remarkable season. Click here to listen or download. You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
Via RealGM
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis plans to play in All-Star Game, despite AC sprain

Doctors in New Orleans have upgraded Anthony Davis' shoulder injury to a Grade 1 AC sprain, after further evaluations. Davis landed hard on his right shoulder after falling from the rim Saturday against the Chicago Bulls while going for an alley oop. The ligaments around Davis' AC (acromioclavicular) joint have been stretched. He's dealing with both soreness and swelling, according...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis exits game vs. Bulls with right shoulder contusion

Anthony Davis has made it look routine so many other times, but Saturday night versus the Chicago Bulls was different.  As Davis went up to catch an alley oop from Tyreke Evans with 5:28 left in the second quarter, he seemed to have too much forward momentum to control his landing, despite trying to hang onto the rim. Davis flipped backward, feet up in the air, landing hard...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Davis drains buzzer-beater vs. Thunder, lifts Pelicans playoffs hopes

The Pelicans head coach Monty Williams shed his normally reserved demeanor with a feisty challenge for his New Orleans squad before they took on the Thunder in Oklahoma City Friday. Anthony Davis and company responded with a battle and ensuing victory that certainly bolsters both their chances and confidence in snagging a playoff spot. "If you don't want to step up and be great tonight...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans' Anthony Davis has groin strain, might play Friday vs. Clippers

  Pelicans coach Monty Williams says All-Star forward Anthony Davis has a mild groin strain and could play again as soon as Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Davis, who was hurt in the third quarter of Wednesday night's 93-85 loss to Denver, had an MRI Thursday morning. The scan revealed a "grade 1" adductor strain, an injury that causes soreness from being over-stretched...
Via AP on Fox
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans' Davis rests groin strain, might play vs. Clippers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Monty Williams says All-Star forward Anthony Davis has a mild groin strain and could play again as soon as Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. The coach says he hopes Davis can not only play, but play his usual 35 to 42 minutes. Specifically, Davis' injury is a grade 1 adductor strain, an injury that causes soreness from being over-stretched...
Via AP on Fox
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Anderson returns for Pelicans vs. Mavericks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Monty Williams says forward Ryan Anderson is returning to the lineup against Dallas after missing a game with swelling and soreness in both ankles. The 6-foot-10 Anderson is averaging 14.7 points per game this season while shooting 41 percent. But his accuracy from the perimeter - normally his strength - declined sharply during his previous his past...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Surprise bowling trip jump starts the New Orleans Pelicans

After a disastrous game in Philadelphia Friday where the 76ers led wire to wire, Pelicans players thought they were headed for an intense practice session Saturday in Toronto ahead of a Sunday faceoff with the Raptors. Players and staff boarded the bus, sweats on and shoes in hand, expecting to pull up at a gym. Instead, they disembarked in front of a bowling alley. Coach Monty Williams...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Monty Williams Takes Himself To Task As Pelicans Drop Below .500

Monty Williams took himself to task after the New Orleans Pelicans' 108-100 loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday night. “I am not doing a good job of getting our guys to play the same way every game,” he said. "That has plagued us all year long. We’ve got to — I’ve got to — figure out. We play selfish. We separate when things don’t go well, especially on the road. That’s...
Via RealGM
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans-Celtics Preview

The New Orleans Pelicans have not strayed too far from mediocrity this season, but heading into a long road trip, they'll hope to finally distance themselves from .500 and make a push in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. That quest begins Monday night when New Orleans takes on the struggling Boston Celtics. All five games of the road swing come against Eastern teams, including...
Via AP on Fox
January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Slumping Grizzlies start slow, fall to Pelicans in the Bayou

NEW ORLEANS -- Tyreke Evans was removed from New Orleans' starting lineup, and then finished off the Memphis Grizzlies. Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds Friday night, leading the Pelicans to a 106-95 victory. "I know my role and I'm comfortable with the guys out there, so I just go out there and try to make it work," Evans said. Evans said the lineup change resulted from a meeting...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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