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Pelicans browing out gracefully

New Orleans wasn’t supposed to make the playoffs. The West didn’t appear to have any playoff vacancies, and if an outsider did crack the conference’s Top 8 slots, the best odds belonged to the Suns, not the Pelicans, considering that Phoenix missed the postseason with 48 wins a season ago. Yes, the Pelicans have Anthony Davis, coming off the breakout summer with Team USA we...
Via Crossover Chronicles
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans browing out gracefully

New Orleans wasn’t supposed to make the playoffs. The West didn’t appear to have any playoff vacancies, and if an outsider did crack the conference’s Top 8 slots, the best odds belonged to the Suns, not the Pelicans, considering that Phoenix missed the postseason with 48 wins a season ago. Yes, the Pelicans have Anthony Davis, coming off the breakout summer with Team USA we...
Via Bloguin Best
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings-Pelicans Preview

The New Orleans Pelicans can still make a charge for the Western Conference's final playoff spot, but they've done themselves no favors with a costly losing streak. The visiting Sacramento Kings have trended in exactly the opposite direction, and could continue the Pelicans' slide by matching a season-best winning streak at five Friday night. New Orleans (37-34) has lost four straight...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans' Anthony Davis hurts ankle in shootaround, out vs. Suns

  New Orleans Pelican star Anthony Davis rolled his left ankle during the team's shootaround and had to sit out the game against the Phoenix Suns later Thursday night. The injury comes with the Pelicans in a tight battle for the No. 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference. Davis is averaging 24.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Entering Thursday's game, New Orleans was a half...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis hurts ankle in shootaround, out against Suns

PHOENIX (AP) New Orleans Pelican star Anthony Davis rolled his left ankle during the team's shootaround and had to sit out the game against the Phoenix Suns later Thursday night. The injury comes with the Pelicans in a tight battle for the No. 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference. Davis is averaging 24.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Entering Thursday's game, New Orleans...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans Forward Anthony Davis a Game-Time Decision for Tonight’s Game

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams called forward Anthony Davis a game-time decision for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Davis suffered a turned ankle during shoot around. From Fox Sports’ Jennifer Hale: The @PelicansNBA Anthony Davis missed shoot around this morning after rolling ankle during drills. He's now a game time decision vs #Suns — Jennifer Hale...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans' Davis returns from 5-game absence vs. Pistons

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Monty Williams says All-Star power forward Anthony Davis is returning from his right shoulder sprain and starting Wednesday night's game against Detroit. Davis, who averages 23.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, was hurt in the first quarter of New Orleans' victory at Miami on Feb. 21 and missed five games after that. New Orleans won four of...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pistons kick off tough road trip in New Orleans Wednesday

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 (7:30 p.m. pregame, 8 p.m. tip-off on FOX Sports Detroit). New Orleans' five...
Via AP on Fox
25 days 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
28 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
February 26, 2015  |  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
February 26, 2015  |  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
February 26, 2015  |  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
February 25, 2015  |  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
February 25, 2015  |  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
February 24, 2015  |  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
February 23, 2015  |  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
February 19, 2015  |  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
February 18, 2015  |  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
February 18, 2015  |  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
February 11, 2015  |  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
February 09, 2015  |  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
February 07, 2015  |  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
February 06, 2015  |  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
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