12-15-14: The New Orleans Pelicans beginning to the 2014/2015 campaign has not exactly gone as planned as the team has started the season hovering right around the .500 mark with an 8-9 record. The Pelicans started this week by traveling to the Staples Center in Los Angeles to take on Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the Clippers pounced on the Pelicans early posting 34 points in the first quarter before giving them all back in the second when New Orleans scored 36 points. Blake Griffin and the Clippers bounced back in the third quarter scoring a whopping 39 points giving Los Angeles a lead they would not relinquish. New Orleans was led by Anthony Davis’ 26 point night but it was not enough as the Pelicans fell to the Clippers by the score of 120-100. The Pelicans hoped for better results against Los Angeles’ other team when New Orleans traveled to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on the road in their next contest. During the contest the Pelicans came out of the locker room with the hot hand as the team outscored the Lakers in each of the first three quarters. The Lakers, led by just 14 points from Kobe Bryant, managed to shoot just 40% from the field as Anthony Davis’ 23 point game proved to be too much to overcome for Los Angeles. New Orleans went on to beat the Lakers by the score of 104-87 in a complete team victory. The Pelicans looked to start a winning streak in their next contest when the team traveled home to play host to the struggling New York Knicks in New Orleans. During the contest the Knicks looked to end an eight game losing streak on a night where Carmelo Anthony did not have his best night from the field. Anthony finished with just 17 points while Amar’e Stoudemire picked up the slack with 26 points but once again it wasn’t enough. The Pelicans and 27 points from Tyreke Evans proved to be too much in a 104-93 victory for the Pelicans. New Orleans finished their week back out on the road in Dallas taking on the Dallas Mavericks. During the contest the Pelicans had a solid night shooting from the field as the team finished with 46% but the Mavericks executed their plan perfectly. The Dallas plan was and always is to simply outscore the opposing team and the Mavericks did just that shooting an impressive 53% from the field led by 26 points from Monta Ellis. The Pelicans countered with 31 points from Anthony Davis and 30 points from Jrue Holiday but it was not enough in a 112-107 loss to the Mavericks. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 10-11. Get your Pelicans tickets for next week as the team head home to New Orleans to host the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz before traveling to Houston to finish the week off with a game against the Houston Rockets.
12-5-14: The New Orleans Pelicans have been hanging out in the middle of the standings in the first five weeks of the 2014/2015 campaign as the team has posted just a 7-6 record to start the new season. The Pelicans started this week by packing their bags and traveling to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Hawks in a road game. During the contest the Hawks defense forced bad shots to hold the Pelicans to just 28 points in the first half while scoring 41 points to take a big lead into halftime. New Orleans mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter and even scored 40 points in the final frame but did not have an answer for Jeff Teague in the Hawks who scored 38 points in the final quarter. Teague’s 26 points and Al Horford’s double-double led the Hawks to a 100-90 win over the Pelicans. The very next night New Orleans was back at it again this time on the road in Washington taking on the Washington Wizards. During the contest New Orleans hit a cold streak at just the wrong time as the team finished the first half of the game with just 36 points. As a whole the team shot just 37% from the field and 35% from the three point line as the team never scored than 23 points in a quarter all night long. Washington on the other hand managed 46% shooting from the field and 42% shooting from beyond the arc in a relatively low scoring game. Marcin Gortart led the Wizards with 24 points as Washington went on to beat the Pelicans by the score of 83-80. The Pelicans looked to get back on the right side of things in their next contest when the team played host to the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest the Pelicans overcame a huge discrepancy on the free throw line in the Thunder’s favor by scoring 40 points in the second quarter alone. The Pelicans committed 32 fouls in the contest to just 21 for the Thunder which led to seven more opportunities at the line in Kevin Durant’s return to the court. Durant’s return was foiled though by the hot hand of the Pelican’s Tyreke Evans in a 112-104 victory for New Orleans. The Pelicans finished their week off by traveling to Golden State to take on a Warriors team that had won 10 straight games heading into the contest. During the contest the Pelicans had to feel it was a bit of a victory to hold star Stephen Curry to just 19 points but Curry used a cold night shooting to his advantage when he collected 11 assists. Many of them went to the Warriors leading scorer Klay Thompson who finished with 23 points while the Warriors took an even 100 shots on the night. The Pelicans were led by Anthony Davis and his 30 point night but it was not enough as the team fell to Golden State by the score of 112-85. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 8-9. Get your Pelicans tickets for next week as the team travels to Los Angeles to take on both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers before coming back home to play host to the New York Knicks. New Orleans will finish their week back out on the road in Dallas when the Pelicans take on the Dallas Mavericks.
11-28-14: The New Orleans Pelicans had a strong start to the 2014/2015 campaign as the team has posted a 6-4 record in the first month of the season. The Pelicans started this week by traveling to Denver to take on the Denver Nuggets in a Western Conference road game. In the contest the Nuggets were led by six players in double figures as the team finished shooting 52% from the field. The Pelicans on the other hand had a cold night shooting as the team finished with a 40% shooting percentage and a 31% three point shooting percentage in a 117-97 loss to the Nuggets. New Orleans stayed close in the game knocking down 10 more free throws than Denver but the Nuggets attack led by Arron Afflalo and Kenneth Faried were too much for the Pelicans. New Orleans was back in action the very next night when the team traveled to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz in a Western Conference showdown. In the game the home team Jazz were led by 31 points from Gordon Hayward while Derrick Favors added a double-double but Utah had no answer for the Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. Davis scored a career high 43 points in the contest while grabbing 14 rebounds as New Orleans went on to handedly beat Utah by the score of 106-94. New Orleans looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team stayed home to play host to the Sacramento Kings. The Pelicans had a tough night shooting as a team as the team shot 42% shooting from the field, 18% from the three point line and just 69% from the free throw line. New Orleans was led by 22 points from Tyreke Evans as the Pelicans fell to the Kings by the score of 99-89. The Kings played just nine players in the contest that shot 48% from the field and 36% from three point land in the victory for Sacramento. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-6. Get your Pelicans tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to take on the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards before coming back home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder in New Orleans. The Pelicans will finish their week back out on the road as New Orleans travels to Golden State to take on the red hot Golden State Warriors.
11-21-14: The New Orleans Pelicans have had an up and down first two weeks of the 2014/2015 season and came
through it with a 4-3 record to show for it. The Pelicans started this week by heading back home to host
the Minnesota Timberwolves in a home game for New Orleans. New Orleans took control of this contest
early and did not relinquish their control of the game throughout the four quarters. The Pelicans were
led by 24 points from Jrue Holiday and 22 points from Anthony Davis while seven New Orleans players
scored in double digits in the contest. The Wolves were led by 20 points from Andrew Wiggins but it was
not enough as Minnesota fell to New Orleans by the score of139-91. New Orleans took the weekend off
to travel to Portland to take on the Portland Trail Blazers on the road. In the contest New Orleans
forward Anthony Davis led all scorers with 31 points and 11 rebounds as the Pelicans took a lead with
them into the fourth quarter. The Blazers had an offensive explosion in the fourth quarter posting 34
points while holding New Orleans to just 13 points as Portland went on to win the game by the score of
102-93. The Trail Blazers were led by 24 points from Damian Lillard and 22 points from LeMarcus
Aldridge in the victory for Portland. New Orleans finished their week out on the road as the team
traveled to Sacramento to take on the Kings in a Western Conference showdown. In the contest the
Kings offensive attack was led by 24 points and 17 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins but a cold night of
shooting from guard Ben McLemore resulted in Sacramento falling to the Pelicans by the score of 106-
100. In the victory New Orleans forward Anthony Davis had 28 points while Ryan Anderson added 22
points in the win for the Pelicans. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an
overall record of 6-4. Get your Pelicans tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to play
the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz before returning home to New Orleans to host the Sacramento
11-14-14: The New Orleans Pelicans had a mediocre start to their 2014/2015 campaign as the team started the season by posting a 2-2 record. The Pelicans started this week by traveling to the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs for a big road game in the Western Conference. The game was well contested and closely played until the third quarter when New Orleans outscored the Spurs by eight points led by their top scorer Anthony Davis who had 27 points on the night. The Spurs came back and made things interesting down to the final buzzer in the fourth quarter outscoring the Pelican’s by nine points led by the game’s top scorer Tony Parker who had 28 points. In the end the Spurs late comeback was not enough as the Pelicans narrowly beat the Spurs by the score of 100-99. The Pelicans looked to replicate that success in their next game as New Orleans traveled to Cleveland to take on LeBron James and the Cavaliers on the road. In the contest LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 32 points while Kevin Love added 22 points as the Cavaliers went on to beat the Pelicans by the score of 118-111. In the contest James came up one assist shy of a triple-double as he scored 32 points, snagged 11 rebounds, and dished out 9 assists in the contest. The Pelicans were led by 32 points from Ryan Anderson and 27 points from Anthony Davis but it wasn’t enough to match Cleveland’s version of the Big Three. New Orleans finished their week by hosting the one win Los Angeles Lakers at home in a Western Conference showdown. In the contest the same old story went down for Los Angeles as Kobe Bryant led the team in scoring with 33 points but his supporting cast was not supportive enough in a 109-102 loss for the Lakers. The Pelicans offensive attack was led by 25 points from Anthony Davis in the victory for New Orleans.When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 4-3. Get your Pelicans tickets for next week as the team hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves at home before traveling out on the road to play the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings to finish out the week.
11-7-14: The New Orleans Pelicans started their 2014/2015 season off last week by hosting the Orlando Magic at
home in a 101-84 victory to start the year. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first full week the
Pelicans hosted the Dallas Mavericks at home in the second game of the season. In the matchup the
Pelicans Anthony Davis led all scorers with 31 points while Jrue Holiday contributed with 24 points and
Tyreke Evans added 22 points for New Orleans. The Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons led all Dallas
scorers with 20 points along with five other Mavericks to score in double figures. The Mavericks defense
was on full display in the fourth quarter as Dallas went on to beat the Pelicans by the score of 109-104.
Two nights later the Pelicans were in Memphis taking on the Memphis Grizzlies on the road. In the
contest the Grizzlies Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Tony Allen had double-doubles as all five starters
scored in double digits. Meanwhile the Pelicans had a rough night shooting from the field as the team
shot 34% from the field, 17% from beyond the three point line, and 66% from the free throw line. The
Grizzlies defeated the Pelicans on this night in convincing fashion by the score of 93-81. New Orleans
was back at home to finish their week as the team hosted the Charlotte Hornets. In the game 21 points
from Gary Neal and 20 points from Al Jefferson were not enough to stop the New Orleans scoring attack
of Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson, and Jrue Holiday as the Pelicans went on to beat the
Hornets by the score of 100-91 to hand Charlotte their third consecutive loss. When the week was all
said and done the team finished with an overall record of 2-2. Get your Pelicans tickets for next week as
the team travels to San Antonio to play the Spurs and to Cleveland to play the Cavaliers before finishing
their week out at home against the Los Angeles Lakers.
10-31-14: The New Orleans Pelicans tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Orlando Magic in their home opener. New Orleans went 5-2 in preseason and looked to ride that momentum this season in the Southwest division. The Pelicans window to win is closing as a huge chunk of their salary cap is going to Eric Gordon this season and next season as well if Gordon opts into his player option for 2015/2016 worth $15.5 million. The Gordon salary commitments kept New Orleans from picking up the option for Austin Rivers next season and may keep the team from re-signing soon to be free agent Omer Asik. The Pelicans must win now and started their season by hosting the Orlando Magic to tip off the new season. In the game the Pelicans were led by Anthony Davis’ 26 points and Ryan Anderson’s 22 points in New Orleans 101-84 victory over the Magic. Tobias Harris led the way for the Magic in the loss with 25 points but had little offensive help from his teammates in the contest. Get your Pelicans tickets for next week as the team hosts the Dallas Mavericks before alternating home and road games with the Memphis Grizzlies on the road and the Charlotte Hornets at home to end the week.
10-29-14: Despite posting losing records in each of the last three seasons, the Pelicans will see the eighth most expensive season average at home in the NBA this season. The team has experienced one of the largest year-over-year price increases in the league this season, with the average price for Pelicans tickets listed at $207.50 for home games at the Smoothie King Center. This marks a 351% price increase from last season, when the Pelicans owned a $46 season average on the secondary market. Excitement is clearly abound for what the rest of the roster can do around an emerging superstar in power forward Anthony Davis.
10-24-14: The New Orleans Pelicans finished 14 games under .500 in their first season under their new name, but center Anthony Davis continues to improve and will continue to be a dominant force in the NBA once more talent is brought in to support him. They haven’t reached the playoffs since they went by the Hornets in 2011, though sit atop the Western Conference in the preseason with a 5-2 record.
10-15-14: The New Orleans Pelicans started their preseason schedule on Oct 4 with a 98-96 win over the Miami Heat and since have dropped back to back games to Atlanta and Washington respectively, followed by a 117-98 win over the Houston Rockets in their last outing on Oct 14. Next up on the Pelicans preseason schedule is a matchup with the OKC Thunder this Thursday at the Smoothie King Center, followed by a two remaining preseason games with Washington and Dallas, before the Pelicans kick off their regular season on Oct 28 against the Orlando Magic.
10-8-14: The New Orleans Pelicans started their preseason splitting the first two games agiant the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks, as New Orleans get ready to play the Washington Wizards tonight at Veterans Memorial Arena, followed by remaining preseason games with the Rockets, Thunder, Wizards, and Mavericks to finish out their preseason schedule. The Pelicans have some higher expectations coming into this season considering they have healthy pieces surrounding one of the better younger players in the game Anthony Davis.
9-22-14: This summer the New Orleans Pelicans finally got the big man they were rumored to get all last season in Omer Asik. The turkish center was unhappy being relegated to Dwight Howard’s backup last season and requested to be traded. An Asik for Ryan Anderson swap was heavily rumored last season but now the Pelicans have both. With Anderson being more suited for a 6th man role Asik and Anthony Davis look to headline the New Orleans frontcourt and will be a defensive nightmare for any opposing team. Look for the Pelicans to have the most improved rim protection and in the paint defense this season.
8-13-14: The New Orleans Pelicans haven’t made the worst moves this offseason but their current moves can cause troubles down the line as they lost youth flexibitiliy when they gave away Nerlens Noel as well as 2014 first round pick. The Tyreke Evans contract cost them cap space to pursue marquee free agents but they do have Anthony Davis and added rim protection with seven footer Omer Asik, this franchise is on the rise.
New Orleans Pelicans 2014 Draft Overview
Round 2, Pick 47, Russ Smith, PG, Louisville (via trade with Philadelphia 76ers)
4-7-14: The Pelicans have been a streaky team as they head into April. On Friday, they extended their winning streak to five games with a 102-95 victory over the Utah Jazz. Tyreke Evans’ 22 points and 15 assists were both game-highs as New Orleans moved to just eight games below .500. Unfortunately, the Pelicans could not win another game this past week. Anthony Davis missed Saturday’s contest at San Antonio, and New Orleans fell by 16 points. He returned to the court on Monday, but his efforts were not enough as the Pelicans lost by five points. The week did not end on a good note as the Denver Nuggets blew out the Pelicans.
4-1-14: How about these Pelicans? They played four projected playoff teams and posted a perfect 4-0 week. On Friday and Saturday, it was the Anthony Davis show. He put up game-highs in both points and rebounds. The first contest was in Atlanta, and it was a six-point victory for the Pelicans. The second half of the back-to-back set was a home game against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, and New Orleans won that contest by double digits. On Monday, the Pelicans continued their perfect record in overtime as they beat the Brooklyn Nets, 109-104. Then on Wednesday, New Orleans beat the Los Angeles Clippers without Brian Roberts, Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers.
3-24-14: The Pelicans finished their six-game homestand this past week. Each of the games finished with single-digit margins, but New Orleans only won one of them. Anthony Davis dominated the games on Friday and Sunday. Although the Pelicans lost to the Portland Trail Blazers by eight points on Friday, Davis scored a game-high 36 points. Then on Sunday, the Celtics forced overtime with a Kris Humphries buzzer-beater, but Davis led the way to the victory in overtime as he set new career-highs in points and rebounds. Unfortunately, Davis sat out on Wednesday due to an illness, and the Pelicans fell to the Toronto Raptors by seven points.
3-17-14: Anthony Davis is leading the Pelicans to more victories as the regular season approaches its final month. He put up game-highs in points and rebounds in each of the team’s three games this past week. On Friday, the Pelicans beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 112-104, behind his 29 points and 14 rebounds. Then on Sunday, Davis matched his career-high in points in New Orleans’ 111-107 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets. The Pelicans then received two days of rest before facing the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Unfortunately, New Orleans could not make it four wins a row as the Pelicans lost, 90-88.
3-10-14: The Pelicans finally got a victory this past week. Heading into Tuesday’s game at the Staples Center, New Orleans was on its second eight-game losing streak of the season. The Pelicans then defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 132-125, to end their five-game road trip. Anthony Davis had a very strong night in that victory. His 28 points and 15 rebounds led the way for the Pelicans. Before that contest, New Orleans had lost its previous three games by an average of 17 points per game. Those three losses were to the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings.
3-3-14: This is just getting frustrating for the Pelicans. However, Anthony Davis has been playing very well. Although the Charlotte Bobcats held on to beat Pelicans, 90-87, on Friday, Davis put up 18 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and four blocks. On Saturday, Davis had another game-high in rebounds, but the Pelicans lost by one point to the Washington Wizards. Davis put up 26 points on Monday against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers, but the Pelicans fell, 123-110. Davis could not keep it close on Wednesday because he encountered a shoulder injury in the first quarter. New Orleans lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 108-89.
2-24-14: Anthony Davis represented the Pelicans very well as he played in the Rising Stars Challenge and All-Star game. On Friday, he started and scored 16 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Then, he came off the bench to score double-digit points two days later. Davis is a player with one of the brightest futures in the NBA. However, he could not lift the Pelicans past the visiting New York Knicks on Wednesday. In such a difficult Western Conference, the Pelicans are out of playoff contention and are readying their squad for 2014-15. They have been devastated by injuries this season and should be a stronger team within a couple years.
2-18-14: The Pelicans finished their homestand by rallying back from a double-digit deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves. Anthony Davis, who will replace Kobe Bryant in the All-Star game, led New Orleans with 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Pelicans made their best fourth-quarter comeback of the season. However, they then had to go on the road. The Pelicans fell by 12 points on Sunday at Brooklyn. Although Tyreke Evans scored a game-high 23 points the following night, the Raptors defeated the Pelicans, 108-101. The Pelicans did bounce back through. On Wednesday, they beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-98.
2-10-14: The Pelicans have been playing very good basketball recently after they had a frustrating losing streak in January. With two more wins this past week, they have been victorious in five of their last seven games. On Saturday, New Orleans hosted the Chicago Bulls. Behind a game-high 24 points and six blocks from newly-named all-star Anthony Davis, the Pelicans won by nine points. Although the Pelicans fell to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, they bounced back to beat the Atlanta Hawks by five points on Wednesday behind another strong performance from Davis. His 27 points and 10 rebounds led the way for New Orleans that night.
2-4-14: Although the Pelicans do not seem like they will be able to make the playoffs this season, they are showing some promise for the next few seasons. On Friday, they came back from a 16-point deficit as Eric Gordon hit a game-winning bucket with just 1.9 seconds remaining to beat the Detroit Pistons. Then on Sunday, Tyreke Evans’s team-high 23 points and Anthony Davis’s career-high 19 rebounds led New Orleans to the 100-92 win over the Magic. Davis kept it going on Tuesday as he blocked eight shots in the victory over the Cavaliers in Cleveland. However, he sat out Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a dislocated finger, and the Pelicans lost by 11 points.
1-27-14: Yet another Pelican is out for an extended period of time: on Saturday, the Pelicans announced that center Jason Smith is out indefinitely due to cartilage damage in his right knee. New Orleans also made a trade this past week: the team acquired Tyshawn Taylor in exchange for the draft rights to Edin Bavcic. The Pelicans subsequently waived Taylor because they did not have enough room on their roster. On the court, New Orleans continued its longest losing streak of the season with a double-digit loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Pelicans did get a much-needed victory on Monday in Memphis before losing by 17 points to Sacramento Kings.
1-20-14: The Pelicans just cannot catch a break this season. First, Anthony Davis, the team’s most dynamic player, missed a couple of weeks in December. Then, in January, they have lost two more of their starters. Ryan Anderson, the team’s leading scorer, and Jrue Holiday, New Orleans’ top assist man, have gone down with injuries and do not expect to return any time soon. As expected, the Pelicans have struggled on the court without them. They have lost their last seven games, which is by far their longest losing streak this season. In addition, it is currently the longest losing streak in the Western Conference. On the bright side, the Pelicans lost by just three points to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, and Eric Gordon put up 35 points, the most he has scored in a New Orleans jersey.
1-7-14: After a rough road stretch in mid-December, the Pelicans have struggled to get their record back to .500. However, they did get an important victory this past week. After winning by 16 points at home against the Denver Nuggets and losing to the Rockets by nine in Houston, New Orleans upset the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 31 points to go with 13 assists and seven rebounds. In addition, Tyreke Evans hit a mid-range jumper with 1.2 seconds left to win the game. Then, Eric Gordon returned from a three-game absence on Wednesday, but the Pelicans fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
12-30-13: After losing by just three points in Portland on Saturday, New Orleans traveled to Sacramento to face the Kings two days later. In his first game since leaving the capital of California, Tyreke Evans scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off 12 assists in the Pelicans’ 13-point victory. Jrue Holiday also recorded his eighth double-double of the season in the win over the Kings, as he put up 17 points and 10 assists. Anthony Davis has continued his strong play as well. He totaled 42 points and 20 rebounds in the two games this past week. The Pelicans will have to build off this victory to put them in a position to fight for a playoff spot.
12-22-13: All of a sudden, Anthony Davis is back. He surprised everyone, as he came off the bench to score 24 points and grab 12 rebounds in 32 minutes on Wednesday at the Staples Center. Although the Pelicans lost by 13 points to the Los Angeles Clippers, Davis registered the 30th double-double of his young career. With that loss, the Pelicans own an 11-13 record on the season. Therefore, it will be difficult for them to make it to the postseason. In order to put up a fight, they will need a lot of production from Davis as well as Ryan Anderson, who has scored double-digit points in every game that he has played this season.
12-13-13: The Pelicans continue to hang around .500 even without rising star Anthony Davis. They split their two games this past week. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated New Orleans by 14 points on Friday, but the Pelicans got some solid scoring from their bench that night. Tyreke Evans and Anthony Morrow each scored at least 10 points in fewer than 20 minutes played. Then on Wednesday, Jason Smith had arguably the best game of his career. The 27-year-old big man from Colorado scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds en route to the Pelicans victory over the Detroit Pistons in overtime. It marked the first time in Smith’s career that he totaled at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in an NBA contest.
12-7-13: Unfortunately for the Pelicans, this past week was one that will affect their chances at making the 2014 NBA playoffs. After Eric Gordon scored a game-high 26 points to beat the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, the Pelicans traveled to New York. Even though New Orleans defeated the Knicks by four points, they lost Anthony Davis to an injury. His non-displaced fracture in his left hand has put the team in a tough position. Ryan Anderson stepped up that night at Madison Square Garden and led all scorers with 31 points. The Pelicans beat the Chicago Bulls in overtime the next night, but then dropped a game to the Dallas Mavericks. It will be difficult for the Pelicans to stay above .500 without Davis.
11-28-13: The 6-8 New Orleans Pelicans just seem to love streaks. The team has lost their last two games (Spurs and Warriors) but before that they had won three games, then before that lost three and won the two before that. Following? The Pelicans will look to end the losing streak portion on Friday night when they face off against the struggling Philadelphia 76ers. It will be Jrue Holiday’s first return to Philadelphia since the offseason trade, which is sure to be met with plenty of indifference from the Philly crowd.
11-22-13: Despite having the league’s easiest ranked schedule through 11 games, the Pelicans are holding a record of just 5-6. Struggling to find their identity after bringing in Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, New Orleans does a lot of things pretty well, but nothing great. NOLA has won their last two games over the 76ers and Jazz (possibly the two worst teams in the league), to bring their record back to respectability. Anthony Davis is showing his superstar potential and the return of Ryan Anderson from injury is helping the team’s spacing issues. As the team’s schedule starts to even out a bit, it will be vital that the Pelicans start getting their new pieces to mesh.
11-15-13: It’s all about the awesomeness of Anthony Davis in New Orleans, as the second-year phenom continues to do it all for the young Pelicans. Unfortunately, that hasn’t exactly translated into wins, as the 3-6 Pelicans aren’t playing consistent defense. The low came when New Orleans blew a 16-point lead to give the previously winless Utah Jazz their first win of the year.
11-8-13: Anthony Davis has been every bit the machine he was hyped up to be in his second season and has shown to be more than reason enough for fans to get Pelicans tickets in 2013. Unfortunately, Davis can only do so much, as the Pelicans have started 2013 just 2-3. Regardless, there is a good amount of optimism with a loaded roster, as the Pelicans are expected to push for a playoff spot this season.
11-1-13: Anthony Davis led the Pelicans to a 7-1 record in the preseason, the second-best record of any team in the NBA. As Monty Williams enters his fourth season as coach of the New Orleans franchise, he now has a revamped team from last year. The Pelicans are proud of the acquisitions of Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans this past offseason in addition to the signings of Anthony Morrow and Greg Stiemsma. Holiday and Morrow both impressed in the preseason, so they will also be players to watch for in 2013-14 as the team tries to avoid a third straight season out of the playoffs.
10-18-13: The New Orleans Pelicans are undefeated during the preseason. The Pelicans have won five in a row, defeating the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder. Anthony Davis leads the team in points, rebounds and blocks per game. Davis went back to back games with 29 points and nine rebounds and 23 points and nine rebounds in wins against the Magic and Hawks. New point guard Jrue Holiday has led the team in assists in three of the five games. New Orleans has three preseason games remaining:
- Oct 19 vs Washington
- Oct 23 vs Miami
- Oct 25 at Orlando
10-17-13: The Pelicans have exercised their third-year options on Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. Davis started 60 of the 64 games he appeared in last season and averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds,1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals.
8-23-13: Fear the Pelican! While New Orleans fans may take some time adjusting to their team’s new name, it won’t take long for them to get excited about their new players. In a bold draft night trade, the Pelicans acquired All-Star PG Jrue Holiday from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for their 2013 draft selection (Nerlens Noel) and a protected 2014 1st rounder. Holiday will be joined in New Orleans this year by Tyreke Evans, who signed a 4-year $44M free agent deal this summer.
New Orleans will open their home schedule on Wednesday, October 30th against the Indiana Pacers. Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers will visit NOLA on Monday, February 24th and again on Wednesday, March 26th. The Miami Heat come to town on Saturday, March 22nd and Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder visit on Friday, December 6th and Monday, April 14th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Indiana Pacers
- November 8th – L.A. Lakers
- December 6th – Oklahoma City Thunder
- January 15th – Houston Rockets
- February 1st – Chicago Bulls
8-21-13: The Pelicans and Arinze Onuaku have agreed to sign a two-year non-guaranteed deal for this upcoming season. The deal includes a team option for the 2014-15 season.
Free agent forward Lance Thomas will re-sign with the Pelicans. The deal is a two-year partially guaranteed contract. The second year is a team option.
8-8-13: Free agent Lance Thomas is nearing a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. According to reports, the two sides are finalizing the terms but a deal will be made.
7-1-13: The New Orleans pelicans pulled off the first trade of the NBA draft by sending the highly touted Nerlens Noel to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday in return. Noel was projected as a #1 overall pick all year long, but fell to 6th. Many are saying that because of his season ending knee injury, teams wanted to stay away from the risk of drafting him so high; uncertain when he would be at full strength again. Noel was clearly on edge until his name was finally called. The trade has been agreed upon but can’t be official until July 10th. With Trey Burke available it is curious as to why the Pelicans decided to trade for Jrue Holiday, who just signed a large contract extension.
6-28-13: Pelicans 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 6: C Nerlens Noel, Kentucky.
Round 2, Pick 12: PG Pierre Jackson, Baylor (from 76ers).
6-12-13: Next year the Hornets will be changing their name to the Pelicans. Question is, can they win more than 27 games? One could assume the future is bright for this young roster. With the 6th overall pick and a slew of young talented players such as Anthony Davis and Greivis Vasquez, the Hornets have a decent foundation to build upon. They will have to improve upon an 11-30 road record and will need to look for an offensive punch to boost their scoring. The Hornets were the second to worst scoring team in the west. Monty Williams will be back as head coach starting his fourth straight season.