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Russ Smith has played 4 minutes. 2 fouls.. No other stats.
Withey looks to block everything... Occasionally, that's a good thing. He has 2 blocks this half.
Russ Smith was defending Dante Exum in a matchup of rookies, one with a thick NCAA resume, the other a bit of mystery from Australia
Honestly, the Jazz are really helping with some of these turnovers.
Pelicans are on a 9-0 run to bring their lead to 7.
Crowd at EnergySolutions Arena chanted briefly, ''We want Jimmer.''
Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday are a combined 2-of-8 from the field. Not good.
Russ Smith is in the game.
Forgive the typo. Quiet.
Another Pelicans turnover, wakes up the Utah crowd. I was just thinking how dead quite it seemed there.
Pelicans rookie PG Russ Smith makes a very-early entry tonight, a minute into 2nd quarter. This is only his 2nd regular season appearance
Tightly played first quarter - Pelicans leading 25-23. But Jazz scored 12 points from 3-pointers.
For those of you that couldn't find the game on TV, the Pelicans are up 25-23 at the end of the first quarter.
Anthony Davis' jump shot blocked by Rudy Gobert.
AD gets his shot block by Gobert. Doesn't happen often.
Gordon started the night hot, but it looks like he is trying to force himself to the rim.
Alexis Ajinca a scoring threat so far - he has made his first three shots.
Eric Gordon doing a good job so far attacking the rim. He's made his first three shots.
Pelicans doing nice job getting to the basket early, lead Jazz 12-2 in points in the paint. NOLA 19-15 at 4:24 of 1st qtr
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.
I can hear Davis screaming on my TV. Good to hear that kind of communication on defense.
9 of Utah's 12 points have come from beyond the arch... Defending the 3 point line will need to be a priority.
Pelicans already having problems with their perimeter defense. Utah has made 3-of-4 3-pointers. Jazz leading 12-10.
Pelicans take a timeout after a Hayward 3 from the corner.
I misread an email... The open thread is now up at BSS... I'm so sorry.
Jrue Holiday is going have to defend Trey Burke tougher on the perimeter. He's made two straight 3-pointers.
Utah wins the tip and here we go!
Jimmer Fredette said he purchased about 18 tickets for his return game back to Utah, where he was a college star at BYU.
Pelicans center Omer Asik will miss Saturday's game vs. Jazz after re-injuring his back during warmups against Nuggets Friday night.
Tried to get interview with Omer Asik before Saturday's game, he politely declined. Asik said with a smile, ''I do not want to talk.''
After the Pelicans last disappointing loss, what are all of ya'll hoping to see change to tonight?
Tyreke Evans, Anthony Davis, Alexis Ajinca, Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday are the Pelicans starters tonight against Jazz.
Starting lineup sheet for Pelicans vs. Jazz in Salt Lake City: http://t.co/yYTY1ferWr
I should enter a fitness competition. But first, I have to get fit.
Southwest Division stat of the day: The five teams have a combined record of 44-17 overall. Outside the division, they are 38-11
Newsflash: MY BIRTHDAY IS IN A WEEK!!! That is all.
Anthony Davis on what Nuggets did to win: "They were scoring in transition, hitting 3s, offensive rebounding, getting 50-50 balls."
Monty on Nuggets' edge in securing loose balls: "I thought they got almost every ball. They were just quicker tonight."
Monty on Omer Asik (lower back) being a late drop from lineup: "I did not think he'd be a scratch, but he was. We had to regroup quickly."
Pelicans struggled with their execution tonight in 117-97 loss to Denver. It was their sixth consecutive loss at the Pepsi Center.
Small consolation but one bright spot: Jeff Withey has season-best 9 points. He was 2-for-3 with 4 total points this season entering tonight
There must be a reason for having the starters still playing down by 24 w/ 4 minutes left when the Pels have a game tomorrow night, right?
Pelicans have been in pretty much every game, losing by 5, 7, 9 and 12 points, but Nuggets are blowing this open. Den 109-86 at 5:25
Pelicans trailing 86-73 at the end of three quarters. Pelicans made only 5-of-16 shots in third quarter.
Nuggets shooting 52% from field, 44% on treys (7-for-16). Pelicans need to bring those way down in 4th qtr to come back. Den 86-73 end 3rd Q
Tough night for Ryan Anderson - bad matchup trying to defend Kenneth Faried. Got beat for a rebound after falling to the floor.
Nuggets have a promo where fans win a prize if visiting team misses 8 or more free throws in a game. So far Pelicans are 17-for-18
Nuggets have made 7 of 14 3-pointers.
Anthony Davis picked up 3rd foul (charging) and picked up tech earlier for arguing. Has to be careful now. Davis team-high 16 pts. Den 68-59
Tough night for Pelicans - Anthony Davis just put up an airball
Six different Nuggets made a 3-pointer in their last game vs. OKC, but Kenneth Faried just sank the first trey of his NBA career vs. NOLA
Anthony Davis gets technical foul.
Pelicans made 29.2 percent of their shots in second quarter.
Pelicans are No. 1 in NBA in blocks (6.9 per game), but in a reversal tonight, Nuggets lead swats category 7-1. Denying NOLA at rim
Pelicans go into halftime trailing 59-49.
Pelicans just look out of sync. Came here last April, they looked the same way - disjointed. Nuggets won that game by 30.
Nuggets moving the ball and getting their desired shots.
At this point, Pelicans just need to get ball to Anthony Davis.
Drew Brees-esque pass from Gordon to Davis on that last fast break bucket. Long pass and right on the money.
Jeff Withey just had layup blocked - too passive.
Ryan Anderson and Austin Rivers have combined to make 2 of 11 shots.
Jeff Withey in the game.
Pelicans have been a step slow throughout the first half. Kenneth Faried easily drove around Ryan Anderson for a dunk. Nuggets up 50-34.
Might be time to get Anthony Davis back into the game before lead gets too big. Pelicans trailing 44-34 with 5:59 remaining in 2Q.
Did I see that right? JaVale McGee gave an older female fan a kiss in the first row after chasing a loose ball. While the ball was in play
It took the Pelicans almost five minutes into the second quarter to make their first shot from the field - John Salmons' 3-pointer.
Almost four minutes into second quarter, Pelicans have not made a shot from the field - 0 of 5.
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
Pelicans sleepwalking -- too many turnovers (7) and not enough stops. Nuggets shooting at 59 percent.
Time for John Salmons to do something.
Nuggets led 31-26 at end of first quarter.
Bad first quarter effort from Pelicans. They got outscored 29-12 by the Denver Nuggets after opening with 14-2 lead.
Pelicans are going have to defend the post better and stay in front of Ty Lawson.
Another mistake - 24-second shot clock violation against Pelicans