The Bird Writes: Game 13: Pelicans list nine players on injury report ahead of Warriors matchup -- anyone own a good pair of basketball shoes?
If there was ever a time the league office thought about experimenting with wildly new uniform fabrics -- say utilizing some good old-fashioned bubblewrap, there's really no better time than the present.We're 27 days into the regular season and yet the New Orleans Pelicans could potentially be without nine of their 15 regular members of the roster against the Golden State Warriors tonight. Things have gotten so bad that the team's PR department has resorted to taking screenshots again.
Unfortunately for GSW fans, they know the Pelicans pain all too well this season.
Fansided: New Orleans Pelicans 2019 Holiday Gift Guide
It's the most wonderful time of the year, New Orleans Pelicans fans! But before you start chugging egg nog and filling up on cookies, you need to take care of your holiday shopping. But don't worry, because we've compiled a list of some of the coolest items out there.But before we get into it, we've got some important information to share. You can save 10% on every purchase from FOCO the entire month of November by using the code FanSided10 at checkout. So make sure the fan cave isn't ignored and pick up some awesome collectibles.
Fansided: Redick and Holiday giving New Orleans Pelicans veteran edge through team injuries
The New Orleans Pelicans are starting to find their groove, in part because they're starting to develop on-court chemistry and in part because their key players are finally starting to play up to their expected levels.Leading the Pelicans to a 108-100 victory, the team improved to 4-9, winning the second game of a tough back-to-back thanks in large part to J.J. Redick and Jrue Holiday.
The team had a key game against the similarly injury-scorched squad in the Golden State Warriors, who have even less firepower than this New Orleans Pelicans unit.
Official Site of the Pelicans: 2019 Game 13: Pelicans vs. Warriors Postgame Quotes 11-17-19
HEAD COACH ALVIN GENTRY
On the great effort by his team tonight and despite never trailing how his squad stepped up and made some big shots down the stretch to close out the game:
"Yeah we did. They're going to play hard. [Golden State has] a bunch of guys who are trying to establish themselves in the league also but I thought that we did everything that we needed to win. JJ (Redick) made a big shot, Nickeil (Alexander-Walker) made a big shot, Jrue (Holiday) made a couple of big shots. For us to come away with a win is what we wanted to do and that's what we accomplished.
Official Site of the Pelicans: Postgame wrap: Pelicans 108, Warriors 100
Pelicans (4-9), Warriors (2-11)
At times early in the 2019-20 season, NBA rookies Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Nicolo Melli and Jaxson Hayes haven't played major minutes, as they attempt to cement roles in the New Orleans rotation. Amid widespread injuries, the newcomers - two are first-year pros, the latter boasts vast international experience - were vital contributors Sunday, allowing the Pelicans to prevail despite being severely shorthanded. Only nine players were available in a white uniform against Golden State, but six of them cracked double digits in points. Alexander-Walker followed up his 27-point outing at Miami 24 hours earlier with 19 points, while Hayes notched his first NBA double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds).
Official Site of the Pelicans: Pelicans down to nine players against Warriors
Derrick Favors, Brandon Ingram and Frank Jackson have all been ruled out of Sunday's game against Golden State, joining five other Pelicans who are sidelined. As a result, New Orleans has nine players available to play vs. the Warriors, among a 17-player roster.JJ Redick (left great toe sprain) is available to play. The starting lineup is expected to be Redick, Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, Kenrich Williams and Jaxson Hayes. If he starts, it will be the first of rookie Hayes' NBA career.
Official Site of the Pelicans: Nine names on New Orleans injury list vs. Golden State
More than half of the 17-player overall New Orleans roster appeared on Sunday's injury report after Frank Jackson and Derrick Favors were added, the results of Saturday in-game injuries in Miami.While Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Darius Miller, Jahlil Okafor and Zion Williamson are all out, Jackson (neck) and JJ Redick (toe) are both listed as questionable, which in injury parlance generally means a 50-50 chance to play. Favors and Brandon Ingram (knee) are both listed as doubtful against the Warriors.
Fansided: New Orleans Pelicans play host to beat-up Golden State Warriors
Set for a battle of the similarly-injured tonight in Big Easy, the New Orleans Pelicans will host the Golden State Warriors in a game where someone has to win. With the Pelicans off to a 3-9 start and the Warriors playing to the tune of a league-worst 2-11 jaunt, it'll be an interesting draw.Tonight's game is set for a 6 p.m. CT tip-off from the Smoothie King King Center.
Last time the Golden State Warriors came to New Orleans, they played their best game of the season, winning a decisive 134-123 draw at the Smoothie King Center.
Official Site of the Pelicans: 2019 Game 12: Pelicans at Heat Postgame Quotes 11-16-19
On how the game was toe-to-toe until the fourth quarter:"I thought we were okay until that point. We turned it over, then they got a layup, and then the two three-pointers at the end of the quarter really hurt us. It gave them separation. The guys played extremely hard. We pieced together lineups that ended up going in and doing everything they could playing competitive basketball. We really just ran out of gas to be honest. We just did not have enough people. We play tomorrow night, so that had to be taken into consideration also.
Fansided: Nickeil Alexander-Walker finding, making better shots for Pelicans
When this season got off to its 2-8 start, there were a lot of fingers to point in the New Orleans Pelicans locker room. However, as the team starts to find a two-way groove, the slow-starting Nickeil Alexander-Walker is starting to find a rhythm of his own.The team really needed more out of the rookie early in the year. During the preseason, they relied on Nickeil Alexander-Walker as a primary bench scorer. When it came time for the regular season, he was shooting terrible shots and it had a direct effect on his make-miss rate.
Bourbon Street Shots: An Eye Test Evaluation a Handful of Games - Part 1
Home / Blog / An Eye Test Evaluation a Handful of Games - Part 1Stats are all the rage these days, but this old man uses his eyes first, second, and third before even bothering to check out basketball reference. It is not that I do not see value in stats; Quite the contrary actually. I just don't think stats have evolved enough yet to tell us a story. Instead, what I see, is that most people start with the conclusion and use the stats to fill in their supporting arguments.
Official Site of the Pelicans: Postgame wrap: Heat 109, Pelicans 94
MIAMI - OK, now this is getting out of hand.New Orleans entered Saturday's game with an injury list featuring seven names, including five of the team's top seven scorers - and that doesn't even include No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson. By halftime in South Florida, there were two more additions to the group of injured Pelicans, as Frank Jackson (left neck contusion) and Derrick Favors (lower back spasms) were forced to exit. As a result, New Orleans actually had more injured players (nine) than players available (eight) to Alvin Gentry.
The remaining eight Pelicans put up a fight for much of Saturday's interconference matchup, but it wasn't enough to secure a victory in South Florida.
The Bird Writes: New Orleans Pelicans show good fight early but lose 109-94 to Miami Heat as more injuries strike
When the New Orleans Pelicans tipped off against the Miami Heat, they had seven players unavailable due to injury. By the time the game had concluded, that number had increased to nine as Frank Jackson and Derrick Favors had their nights finish early.One never wants to make injuries the primary excuse, but it's simply impossible to overlook at this point. With Jackson and Favors joining Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Zion Williamson, JJ Redick and Darius Miller on the sidelines, Alvin Gentry was forced to crawl to the finish line with only eight healthy bodies.
Official Site of the Pelicans: Brandon Ingram out for Miami game
Roughly an hour before tip-off Saturday, New Orleans announced that Brandon Ingram is out and will not play against Miami. The team's leading scorer is missing a third straight game.Alvin Gentry said during pregame that E'Twaun Moore likely will take one of the team's starting spots (JJ Redick has previously been ruled out of Saturday's game). The fifth spot is to be determined, with Jrue Holiday, Derrick Favors and Kenrich Williams expected to start along with Moore.
The Bird Writes: Game 12: Brandon Ingram is out, Jimmy Butler is a go for New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat matchup
The NBA is yet to log a full month's slate of games, but one would never know the season is so fresh by looking at the New Orleans Pelicans injury report.Minutes ago, it was announced that Brandon Ingram (right knee soreness) would join Lonzo Ball (right abductor strain), Zion Williamson (right knee scope), Jahlil Okafor (left ankle sprain), Darius Miller (Achilles), Josh Hart (left knee/ankle sprain) and JJ Redick (left toe sprain) on the sidelines due to injury.
Interestingly, the Miami Heat will also be without four players: Justise Winslow (concussion), Goran Dragic (illness), Derrick Jones Jr.
Derrick Favors (Back) is questionable Tuesday vs Portland
Jahlil Okafor (Ankle) is questionable Tuesday vs Portland
Brandon Ingram (Knee) is questionable Tuesday vs Portland
Lonzo Ball (Ankle) is questionable Tuesday vs Portland
Josh Hart (Leg) is questionable Tuesday vs Portland
Frank Jackson (Neck) is questionable Tuesday vs Portland
Zion Williamson (Knee) is out indefinitely