Pelicans Strike Losing Note Vs Jazz, Drop 4th Straight
The New Orleans Pelicans lacked energy, likely lost a starter for the rest of the season and fell for the 4th straight game.
It wasn't a fun Saturday at the Smoothie King Center as the Pelicans fell to the Utah Jazz 106-94.
Only two Pelicans reached double-figures. Anthony Davis scored 29 to go with 11 rebounds, but attempted 31 shots, making 11. Jrue Holiday scored 22, dishing out 7 assists.
Davis and Holiday are two bright spots in an otherwise cloudy future for the Pelicans, who will approach the final 21 games this season by evaluating the future, rather than attempt a nearly impossible run at the playoffs.
"It would be a miracle almost for us to make the playoffs," said Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry after the loss. "We have to really look at developing a culture and how we're going to play in the future and figuring out guys on this team, how they fit into a system and if they're going to be able to fit into a system."
One thing Gentry will begin implementing is Holiday in the starting lineup.
"At some stage we have to start thinking about the future and looking at the future," explained Gentry. "We have to start looking at Jrue as a starter some and try to figure out ways to get Anthony the ball more in the flow of the game."
One player who likely won't be in the starting lineup is Eric Gordon, who has possibly played his last game for New Orleans.
Gordon rebroke his right ring finger in the 2nd quarter, an injury that kept him out for 16 games earlier this season.
"I don't know for sure what happen but it looked like he might have done the same thing again," said Gentry. "That would be really unfortunate because he worked so hard to get back."
Chalk it up to another bad break for the Pelicans, who fall to 23-38 on the season.
Next up, a Monday night home game against the Sacramento Kings (25-35). Tip-off is set for 7:00.