Curry Drops 53, Pelicans Lose Home Opener 134-120
The Pelicans start the season off 0-3 as they still cannot seem to get their defense together. So far they’ve allowed 119 PPG. Embarrassing. Tonight’s game had some hope that the Pelicans could pull off the upset and end their 5 game losing streak against the defending champs as they were leading at the half 65-64. Ryan Anderson and a 3 headed guard attack of Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Toney Douglas led the offensive attack as Anthony Davis again could not seem to find his place in the game. Alexis Ajinca also shined with some offensive rebounding and second chance points as Kendrick Perkins went down with a right shoulder injury.
That was as good as the night got for the Pels as Steph Curry turned on the jets for the 2nd half. He dropped 28 points in the 3rd quarter (the Pelicans scored 26 as a team) which completely deflated the them and put the game out of reach. The Warriors faced paced offense is a problem for the Pels as it makes them think that they need to throw up three pointers and go fast to keep up, which just puts us deeper in the hole. I kept waiting for the Pels to slow the game down and take good shots to try to kill the Warriors attack but it never happened. Every time the Warriors converted on a fast break, or knocked down a quick three, the Pelicans tried to run a break of their own which is not the type of team that we are. Maybe it’s the team the Gentry envisions us to be, but at the moment with Tyreke Evans still hurt and Jrue Holiday under a minutes restriction until he gets better we don’t have the players to try to run fast breaks all of the time.
Also it was another bad outing for Anthony Davis. Sure his stat line looks good, 26 points/15 rebounds/4 assists/2 blocks, but the problem is that most of his stats comes in garbage time when the game is already out of hand. Once again he is settling for jump shots instead of attacking the rim, and his shot just simply isn’t working at the moment. It is saddening to see one of the most efficient players in the NBA take and miss so many bad shots. Inside the paint Davis went 5/10. He shot 38% from mid range and three point land. I know that he’s been putting in a lot of work over the offseason to improve his outside game but needs to tone it down until he can become more consistent because I believe that it is costing us games. If AD was on tonight we would have kept it close and maybe could have come out with the win.
This has been a bad start for the Pels but as Gentry gets more games under his belt and has more time to fine tune the team we will be alright. Anthony Davis will need to break out of this cold slump and take control as the main man on both sides of the court. Maybe give Ajinca more minutes next game to replace a lethargic Omir Asik for more of an inside presence. A basketball season is 82 games long, and we need to get the ball rolling very soon but don’t sell off this young Pelicans team yet.