Anthony Davis’ Stellar Play Not Enough, Pelicans Slayed By Warriors
The New Orleans Pelicans must feel like a broken record. Suffering an 8th consecutive loss Saturday night, the Pels founds themselves playing well, leading a talented opponent at the half. As has been the case many times during the current 8 game skid, New Orleans faltered in the second half, inevitably losing to the Golden State Warriors 97-87.
Anthony Davis gave the home team fans plenty to cheer about in the loss, registering his 18th double-double of the season with 31 points and 17 rebounds. Davis has now scored 20 or more points in 7 straight games. The issue for New Orleans is a lack of able bodies. Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Jason Smith all sat out with injuries. In addition to the lack of health, the Pelicans currently have an inability to put together a positive third quarter.
Golden State took a third quarter lead, outscoring the Pels 26-18, never looking back. While the Pelicans put pressure on the Warriors late, the hole was simply too deep to dig out of. New Orleans head coach Monty Williams felt like the hole began to deepen before the second half.
“I thought we had a chance to build a bit of a cushion in the second quarter,” explained Williams. “We had a number of possessions where we just couldn’t score the ball.”
Regardless of what Williams makes of the second quarter, the Pelicans struggle to score with various lineups. In each loss over the last two weeks, New Orleans has a scoring drought that lasts multiple minutes.
Other than Davis’ continue stellar play, one other positive note was the return of Tyreke Evans. Evans missed the previous 3 games with a bruised ankle, the same ankle he;s sprained twice this season. He scored 14 points in 31 minutes of action.
New Orleans will travel to Memphis for a matinee on Martin Luther King day. Tip-off Monday is set for 4:00.