Pelicans Blown Out By Grizzlies, Still Control Playoff Fate
After defeating the NBA best Golden State Warriors Tuesday night in New Orleans, the Pelicans were on the wrong end of a 110-74 blowout to the Grizzlies Wednesday night in Memphis.
Anthony Davis only scored 12 points, well below his season average of 24.5, yet he led his team in scoring on Wednesday. It was that kind of game.
The Pelicans attempted 11 three pointers in the first quarter, shying away from the paint as Memphis big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol controlled the inside game.
"We settled a lot tonight," said Davis. "We have to attack the basket and let the jump shots come to us."
Despite the lopsided defeat, the Pelicans control their own playoff destiny. At 42-36, New Orleans shares the same record with Oklahoma City, but owns the tiebreaker over the Thunder. Each team has 4 games remaining.
"We're still right there. We're tied with OKC," said Pelicans guard Eric Gordon after the loss. "We just have to keep pushing."
The push for the playoffs continue Friday night in New Orleans as the Pelicans host the Phoenix Suns (39-40). Tip-off is set for 7:00.
After the humbling defeat, Pelicans head coach Monty Williams is confident in his team's ability to bounce back.
"It was just a tough game (tonight)," said Williams. "All of us have to be better come Friday night and we will be."
With the playoffs on the line, they better be.