Official Site of the Pelicans: Postgame wrap: Raptors 122, Pelicans 104
During a season-opening matchup Oct. 22 in Canada, New Orleans nearly pulled off a road upset, which would've spoiled Toronto's championship ring night. The Pelicans appear to have gained the Raptors' full attention, because Toronto came out ready to play and then some in Friday's rematch, building a huge first-half lead en route to victory in the Smoothie King Center.Raptors No. 1 option Pascal Siakam - who registered 34 points against the Pelicans on Oct. 22 - kept pouring in the points, surpassing the 30-point plateau in the middle of the third quarter Friday and ultimately tying his career high with 44.
Official Site of the Pelicans: Pelicans shootaround update presented by HUB International: Lonzo Ball plans to play against Raptors
Injuries have been an unfortunate common theme to the early portion of New Orleans' 2019-20 regular season, with four projected starters having missed either full games (Jrue Holiday, Zion Williamson, Derrick Favors) or parts of a game (Brandon Ingram). The only member of the anticipated first unit mostly untouched by health issues had been point guard Lonzo Ball, but even he wound up on the injury report Thursday, listed as probable due to a right adductor strain.However, Ball noted at Friday's morning shootaround that he plans to play in the rematch vs. Toronto, a Raptors team that pulled out a 130-122 overtime victory over the Pelicans in the Oct.
The Bird Writes: Game 8: Lonzo Ball, Derrick Favors and JJ Redick banged up some but ready to make sacrifice for Pelicans in Raptors matchup
The New Orleans Pelicans remain without Zion Williamson and Darius Miller is probably out all season, but JJ Redick will fight through a left knee bruise and Lonzo Ball is going to give it a go against the Toronto Raptors despite dealing with an abductor strain. Also, Derrick Favors feels he's inching closer to 100% after dealing with knee soreness since the Mavericks matchup.Sense a general pattern emerging here?
The New Orleans Pelicans are a banged up group, but they understand the importance of needing to play through some injuries because that 1-6 record sits front and center like the monster from Will's visions in Stranger Things.
The Bird Writes: NBA Preview: Can healthier Derrick Favors help Pelicans make amends for opening night loss to Toronto Raptors?
The New Orleans Pelicans (1-6) probably wish they could turn back the hands of time and return to the season opener against the Toronto Raptors (5-2) -- specifically right the moment just inside the final minute of regulation.The Pelicans led 117-115 following a JJ Redick jumper with 59.2 seconds remaining and then nine seconds later the sharpshooter was run over by Pascal Siakam for an offensive ball. Not only did New Orleans get the ball back, Toronto's most dynamic player had just fouled out of the game. Get another hoop and you're up two scores with about thirty seconds left.