For the second consecutive game, the New Orleans Pelicans failed to capitalize on a late lead and ended up losing in overtime, this time to the New York Knicks.
With 7.8 seconds left and the Pelicans leading by three, Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe failed to foul Derrick Rose to prevent a potential game-tying three. Lonzo Ball then lost Knicks guard Reggie Bullock, who found himself wide open to knock down the game-tying three to force overtime.
After the game, Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy ripped into his players, saying they made mistakes high schoolers wouldn’t have made.
Stan Van Gundy: “Today, with 7.8 seconds left, high school guys would’ve done what they’re supposed to do.”
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) April 18, 2021
Van Gundy’s rage is understandable. The Pelicans also blew a late lead against the Washington Wizards on Friday, which prompted Van Gundy to turn his frustrations on a different target. With New Orleans fading from the playoff race thanks to these defeats, Van Gundy is only going to get more frustrated the more this continues.