Alexis Ajinca a scoring threat so far - he has made his first three shots.
Pelicans running a version of their "BIG" lineup. No Asik but they have an Ajinca. Utah plays a slow pace. Let's see what happens.
Tyreke Evans, Anthony Davis, Alexis Ajinca, Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday are the Pelicans starters tonight against Jazz.
Ryan Anderson starts 1-for-5 from field and has taken several tough shots, but he has neon green light to fire with group of subs + Ajinca
OH-Ficial starters Chandler/ Faried/ Mozgov/ AAA/ Ty................Evans/ Davis/ Ajinca/ Gordon/ Holliday
Ryan Anderson is in for Ajinca. And as they have in the past, the Pelicans have Anderson defending Cousins.
Alexis Ajinca can't allow DeMarcus Cousins to get that close underneath the basket before getting his shot.
Alexis Ajinca ain't stopping Boogie barreling to the rim in this lifetime.
Alexis Ajinca started for Omer Asik and already has 3 points.
Alexis Ajinca starting for Omer Asik tonight for Pelicans.
Pelicans starters: PG Holiday, SG Gordon, SF Evans, PF Davis, C Ajinca Kings: PG Collison, SG McLemore, SF Gay, PF Thompson, C Cousins
Alexis Ajinca needs to get back in game, Ryan Anderson having problems against Aldridge defensively
Ajinca just dominated those last two plays. That kinda night for the Blazers.
Ajinca stood in the paint for 10 seconds and then earned the defensive three seconds tech.
Ajinca is starting. Hoping he doesn’t foul out in the first quarter. But if he does, .GIF WITHEY!!!!
Rookie Patric Young is in uniform & active tonight for Pelicans. They may need both Young and Jeff Withey if Ajinca gets in foul trouble.
Pelicans will need Alexis Ajinca's size tonight. They also will need Ryan Anderson's scoring off the bench.
Nicolas Batum chatting with fellow countryman Alexis Ajinça just before tip off. Ajinca will start at center for N.O. with Asik out.
In 4 games vs. Portland last year, Alexis Ajinca averaged 4.3 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 fouls. Still I think Monty Williams made right call.
Pelicans starters: PG Holiday, SG Gordon, SF Evans, PF Davis, C Ajinca, Portland: PG Lillard, SG Matthews, SF Crabbe, PF Aldridge, C Lopez.
Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca starting in place of Omer Asik.
After Davis' bucket, he swatted Ajinca at the rim, leading to a fastbreak layup from Xavier Henry to put LAL up 38-35.
Boozer's been going right around 7-footer Alexis Ajinca, up to 7 points after a left-handed finish put LAL up 32-28.
Alexis Ajinca picks up A.D. with 1:30 to go 3Q.
That's 2 PF on Alexis Ajinca in 4 minutes on the floor. It's a continuing problem.
Monty expanding rotation, using 10 guys in first quarter. Fredette, Ajinca, Salmons have totaled 36, 18, 13 minutes prior to tonight
Ajinca says being in position early is a big part of avoiding fouls
Pelicans win 100-91 in a comfortable close to the game. Gordon was 0/6 from the field, Ajinca had a foul per minute.
Pelicans backup center Alexis Ajinca gets fifth foul after playing just six minutes.
Bienvenue Ajinca. Foul on first possession for an and-1. And the next one with 0.4 seconds left. Only 1 more...
Ajinca now has five fouls in six minutes played.
Gary Neal sees Alexis Ajinca in the game. Immediately dribbles at him, immediately gets to the foul line.
Alexis Ajinca on the floor for seconds, and picks up PF4. Has been on floor total of 6 minutes tonight.
Remember Larry Brown saying Ajinca would have been the 5th pick had he waited a year longer to enter draft? Must've meant D-League draft.
Ajinca sits with three fouls in five minutes. Ah yes, I remember it well.
Alexis Ajinca gets PF3 with 9:19 2Q.
Zeller made French toast of Ajinca on that one..
Alexis Ajinca is still, well, Alexis Ajinca.
Small lineup for the Pelicans. 3 guards in with Anderson and Ajinca.
Pelicans coach Monty Williams says backup center Alexis Ajinca is playing well and has earned some minutes.
Pelicans coach Monty Williams said he's searching for ways to play ex-Bobcat Alexis Ajinca more.
Alexis Ajinca is now in the game after not playing against the Mavericks on Saturday.
Monty still has plenty of time to make adjustments as he sees fit. I wouldn't be surprised if Ajinca works his way into a few mins/gm soon.
So far we have only seen 3 bigs, AD, Asik, and Ryno. It'll be interesting to see if Monty expands his rotation to include Ajinca.