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Steve Blake and Dante Cunningham were teammates on the 2009-10 Blazers, but Blake nudged Cunningham to floor on fast break. Foul on Blake
Officials checking to see if it's a common or flagrant foul on Steve Blake against Dante Cunningham.
AD already has 3 blocks and Portland has 44 points. So, yeah, blocks aren't like a perfect proxy for good defense.
Pelicans still can't break from their sluggish effort. They just don't appear to have the necessary energy or execution against Portland.
Great ball movement from Portland there. Really showed our defensive weaknesses.
Anthony Davis missed nine of 11 shots in first quarter.
Pelicans made only 29.2 percent of their shots in first quarter. They are trailing 32-17.
The Pelicans are down 32-17 at the end of the first quarter. The Pels were 7-24 in the first quarter.
At end of 1Q: Blazers 32, Pelicans 17. Pelicans shot 29.2 percent from the field in the 1Q.
Trail Blazers leading Pelicans, 30-13.
Kaman picks up his second personal foul with just under 2 in the first quarter.
Too many missed jumpers, missed dunks and layups by the Pelicans in first quarter.
Nicholas Batum just drove the lane without a Pelicans defender in sight. They didn't play like this in Houston.
Davis was 1-7 before that high percentage look.
Portland leads the league in rebounds per game. It is going to be tough to grab a board without Asik on the floor.
So much for Blazers being tired after a 3OT game last night. Portland getting all the loose balls early, leads 23-8. Aldridge 11 pts
Pelicans missing layups - can't get defensive stops. Trail Blazers leading 23-8.
Ryan Anderson enters. Pelicans are desperate for an offensive spark.
Pelicans are 2-of-10 from the field with four turnovers. Trailing Trail Blazers, 14-6 with 5:48 remaining in 1Q. . . Not good.
Pelicans are 3 of 11 from the field and trail Blazers 14-6 with 5:48 to play in 1Q.
Wow the Pelicans have started off slow. They are down 10 with 7 left to go in the first quarter.
Pelicans can't get anything going offensively right now, including Anthony Davis.
Like almost every night in the West, tough PG matchup for Jrue Holiday with Damian Lillard. Holiday averaging 19.2pts/9.0ast last 5 games
Pelicans already trailing 12-4.
Make that 0-3 and 0-4.
Anthony Davis has always had issues falling for the pump fake. Something to keep an eye on with the Aldridge matchup.
AD is 0-2 to start. The Pels have yet to hit a shot 0-3.
Tyreke Evans wearing protective sleeve over his right knee tonight.
Pelicans starters: PG Holiday, SG Evans, SF Babbitt, PF Davis C Asik
Tonight's officials: crew chief James Capers, Derek Richardson, Scott Wall.
Which matchup are you more excited to watch Lillard-Holiday or Davis-Aldridge? I'm going Davis-Aldridge.
The Pelicans have the 4th best offensive rating in the league right now. Portland has the 5th best defensive rating. That seems fun.
Pelicans are 3-10 against teams with a .500 or better record. The Trail Blazers have the third-best record in the NBA at 21-6.
Dante Cunningham continues to emerge off the bench for Pelicans. He has scored in double figures in two of the past three games.
Pelicans coach Monty Williams said Tyreke Evans will give it a go tonight despite bone bruise in right knee
Tyreke Evans will play tonight
It's a very Portland feeling day in terms of weather (which sucks). How about a New Orleans feeling and sounding night for the Pelicans?
OKC Thunder are listing SF Kevin Durant (ankle) as OUT for their game on Sunday vs. Pelicans.
Pelicans recall Russ Smith from NBA Development League
Mekel release, Evans' uncertainty... Russ is a little insurance at guard. This does not affect the roster spot opened by Mekel release.
Looks like Russ' recall could serve many purposes: Ants are off for a week, Pelicans have 4 games in that span... Time with team...
It's so hard to continue to try and move forward and then run into days like today. Today is Gia's birthday. We miss you so much Petrie
Pelicans (13-12) enter weekend in 8th in West. They're 1 game ahead of Suns (13-14) and 1.5 ahead of OKC (12-14). Thunder at Lakers tonight
Tyreke Evans said there remains swelling in his right knee. He's taking an anti inflammatory & will test knee tomorrow at shootaround
Pain after shootaround, medical opinion tomorrow will determine if he plays tomorrow. Swelling is also an issue. http://t.co/M4EVtNnJA0
Lots of ice on Evans' knee. Pain is an issue. He did light shooting work today.
Here comes Evans
Last call for Pelicans' twitter mailbag questions today: Pelicans outplayed the Rockets in fourth quarter. Surprised or did you expect it?
Team having a short meeting during practice, Dell messing around in the conference room. Sitting on the bleachers, listening to the rain.
Coach also said of Mekel that they brought Mekel in to get a look, are going in a different direction, but liked what he brought to the team
Mekel move was partially financial, have not ruled out bringing him back. Him coming in stirred the pot, though that was not intended.
Coach feels the ball movement waning at times is a "natural occurrence." They have talented players, but they need to work together more.
Coach Williams says the team did not play well for a full 48m against Portland.
Coach was pleased with Cunningham's defense. He was hoping Jimmer could help space the floor.
Normally guys are still working on the court at this point in practice. It just went silent.
Evans day-to-day, will be evaluated tomorrow. They do not want to jump the gun.
Coach Williams likes how the defense last night led to transition offense.
Evans just nailed a 3 in practice http://t.co/deNpi1TPFH
Pelicans waive guard Gal Mekel