John Reid

Pelicans coach Monty Williams tried to explain the situation why center Greg Stiemsma was released on Monday... s.nola.com/UuAQbnf

Jim Eichenhofer

Revised lineup sheet for tonight's Thunder-Pelicans game: http://t.co/8rXPCQQsbX

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans add Tyreke Evans to starting lineup: on.nba.com/1n7lTdY

Jim Eichenhofer

Not going to try to guess starters, but the 9 Pelicans should be Ajinca, Aminu, Babbitt, Ely, Miller, Morrow, Rivers, Southerland, Withey

Jim Eichenhofer

Tyreke Evans, Brian Roberts not expected to play vs. OKC; New Orleans likely to only have nine players available: on.nba.com/RjPu74

James Southerland

Congrats to my lil bro @Jerami Grant on his decision!

Jimmy Smith

There's 15 minutes remaining to talk #Pelicans, Stiemsma, injuries changes. Click this link. nola.com/pelicans/index…

Jimmy Smith

Starting our #Pelicans chat in 10 min. Here's the NOLA.com link. nola.com/pelicans/index…

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans release today of @Greg Stiemsma an embarrassment; does team need a fresh, new basketball ops voice? bit.ly/1iOzmSd

John Reid

Question of the Day:Did Pelicans wait too late to part ways with center Greg Stiemsma? nola.com/pelicans/index…

Jim Eichenhofer

Melvin Ely returns to New Orleans (he got in references to barbecue, Manny Pacquiao and trying not to say "Hornets"): on.nba.com/1hO2l6g

Jim Eichenhofer

A Fresno State fan of Melvin Ely once described Ely's blog ("Ely Elaborates") on then-Hornets.com as "the greatest blog of all time"

Jim Eichenhofer

Glad to see Melvin Ely back with New Orleans. He might be the funniest player in the NBA. Great storyteller and amazingly quotable

John Reid

In my opinion, waived Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma committed too many fouls, didn't play with enough effort.

John Reid

Pelicans bringing back center Melvin Ely to replace waived Greg Stiemsma on the roster for final two games.

John Reid

Pelicans waive center Greg Stiemsma. That should have happened months ago

Jim Eichenhofer

Five things to know about Pelicans on Monday (New Orleans hosts Oklahoma City at 7; Thunder can clinch No. 2 seed): on.nba.com/RiaYRN

Jimmy Smith

Stop by for a chat about the #Pelicans today at 1 p.m. on NOLA.com. Here's the link. bit.ly/1eEkJhQ

Jason Calmes

In the NO Podcast Episode 178: Things fall apart fast bit.ly/1kmZruD #Pelicans #fb

James Southerland

"@derrickcuse: @James Southerland J how about don't blank at all. Most shows lack creative juices." That's what I'm saying!

James Southerland

Trying to figure out why television blanks some curses, but does not blank the most offensive ones...

James Southerland

"@AzKevin14: They rated me as a D3 prospect. Time to work

John Reid

NBA Power Rankings| San Antonio Spurs hold top spot going into final week of regular season nola.com/pelicans/index…

Jimmy Smith

ICYMI, today's column: Ceiling for #Pelicans @Tyreke Evans can be high if his outside shot improves. bit.ly/1iHHMtj

Hugh Weber

Congrats to @MelisHelen for winning my #NJDPrezTix for todays game! See you all later at the rock!

Jason Calmes

Pelicans M.A.S.H. Unit Can’t Close Out Rockets bit.ly/1sUznuV #Pelicans #fb

Jim Eichenhofer

Recap, Pelicans outplay Rockets for 45 minutes with undermanned roster, but Houston closes 111-104 W on 15-0 run: on.nba.com/1kTVpIH

Jim Eichenhofer

Monty: "I thought we led for 47 minutes. We just couldn't get the stops. And we kept fouling them and kept putting them on the line."

Jim Eichenhofer

Monty: "We had 8 guys available tonight and everybody just scrapped. I thought our guys got tired." Example: elite shooter Morrow aired trey

Hugh Weber

#Devils4ever @NHLDevils ink http://t.co/1txf0AsZpx

Jason Calmes

Youth of healthy #Pelicans shows down the stretch, & between that & a little help from the refs, the #Rockets come back & win 111-104.

John Reid

Pelicans suffer another disappointing loss, 111-104, to Houston Rockets. Eighth-straight loss...

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans close out 2013-14 road schedule with incredible effort (only 8 guys) but an excruciating final few minutes. Rockets win 111-104

Hugh Weber

Next time you see me @NHLDevils game share your Devils ink #devils4ever http://t.co/ZkIYaE5tV4

Jim Eichenhofer

Second review goes to Rockets. In fairness, both looked VERY close.

Jason Calmes

Once again, the call stands as called. #Rockets will have it up by 1 on the #Pelicans with 46 seconds to go.

Jim Eichenhofer

First crucial replay review went to Rockets on out of bounds. This one again looks like it's off Howard. We'll see if call is overturned

Jason Calmes

Call stands. #Rockets ball. 104-103 #Pelicans, 1:09 remaining.

Jim Eichenhofer

Houston crowd going ballistic after Patrick Beverley corner 3 bounces in. Two straight treys from Beverley and it's NOLA 104-103 at 1:36

Jason Calmes

Two straight corner 3s from Patrick Beverley has cut the #Pelicans' lead to 104-103 with 1:36 to play.

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans backcourt of Austin Rivers (20 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast) and Anthony Morrow (20 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, immeasurable swag) having huge night

Jason Calmes

The refs with the patented "wait until the ball doesn't go in and then call the foul" respect for James Harden. Withey barely touched him.

Jim Eichenhofer

We had "Lil Buckets" a couple years ago, can we call him "Luke Buckets"? Babbitt keeps making big shots, has career-best 22 points

Jason Calmes

GREAT defense on that possession by New Orleans. Solid rotations, leading to a forced Beverley missed 3.

Jason Calmes

5 fouls on Ajinca. Not sure if the #Pelicans can win if he fouls out. Dwight Howard has just 4 rebounds in 22 minutes largely thanks to him.

Jason Calmes

Good timing for that timeout on the floor. Crowd was really starting to get into it. Rivers to the line for 2 afterwards; 90-84 #Pelicans.

Jim Eichenhofer

There it was again: James Harden has 8-foot shot but instead of just taking it, tries to bump into Al-Farouq Aminu. Good no-call by refs

Jason Calmes

If this group of young, inexperienced guys can somehow remain composed & get a victory, that would be VERY impressive.

Jim Eichenhofer

James Harden is one of NBA's best at drawing fouls, but he's missed several shots while trying to get contact instead of just making a layup

Jim Eichenhofer

He's played 8 more minutes, but Alexis Ajinca (13 points, 5 rebounds) has played Dwight Howard (12 points, 3 rebounds) evenly thru 3 qtrs

Jason Calmes

#Pelicans weather the 3rd quarter storm and still lead the #Rockets by double digits. 82-72 as we head to the 4th!

Jason Calmes

Bad turnover by Southerland, but he recovered, played great D on Harden, and got the rebound. Good stuff.

Jason Calmes

Officials reviewing something; guessing it was who shoots the FTs. The answer is Terrence Jones.

Jason Calmes

Beverley just picked up his 4th foul and will likely sit the rest of this quarter.

Jason Calmes

Timeout with 5:45 to play in the Q3; #Pelicans lead the #Rockets 69-59. NOLA's starting front court has combined for 30 pts on 20 shots.

Jason Calmes

Luke Babbitt is doing his best Corey Brewer impersonation, now with 17 points on 12 shots. #Pelicans lead 67-58 about halfway through Q3.

Jim Eichenhofer

Luke Babbitt has his Pelicans and season high with 17 points. His career high in scoring is 18, set in 2012 in a Blazers-Suns game

Jim Eichenhofer

A few Houston fans yelled "Nooooo!" when Luke Babbitt loaded up another open 3 attempt. Rare miss though. Babbitt 13 points on only 7 shots

Jason Calmes

The #Pelicans had four players in double figures in the first half: Rivers, Morrow, Babbitt, & Ajinca. Rest of NBA: "Who?"

Jim Eichenhofer

Tyreke Evans/Greg Stiemsma did not end up playing in 1st half, meaning Pelicans have only used 8 players to get this 59-46 lead on Rockets

Jim Eichenhofer

Rockets may be trying to break NBA record for most people on court at once. They're no @610Stompers that's for sure http://t.co/g5ZqI4CM7X

Jason Calmes

#Pelicans lead the #Rockets 59-46 at halftime, largely thanks to a 39 point second quarter. Shot chart: http://t.co/YSSUaRm7WX

Jim Eichenhofer

Darius Miller spent chunk of half matched up vs. college teammate Terrence Jones. Miller had nice highlight on D by swatting Jones alley oop

Jim Eichenhofer

It's been a Pelicans three-point barrage in 2nd quarter. New Orleans has made 6 treys (Babbitt 3, Rivers 2, Morrow) and has 39 points

Jason Calmes

The #Pelicans are scintillating right now, as a 14-2 run has given them a 53-41 lead over the #Rockets w/ 3 minutes left in the first half.

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans starters superb so far, shooting a combined 18-for-32 from field. Alexis Ajinca, Austin Rivers, Luke Babbitt making big plays

Jason Calmes

That's a 7-0 run in a 44 second span for the #Pelicans: 4 from Ajinca (free throw pending), & 3 from Babbitt. NOLA leads the #Rockets 46-39.

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans playing inspired basketball in Houston, take 46-39 lead at 4:17 of 2Q. Alexis Ajinca (12 points) to shoot free throw after timeout

Jason Calmes

AJINCA IS NOT MESSING AROUND TONIGHT.

Jason Calmes

#Pelicans will be in the penalty for the remainder of the second quarter. Feels weird typing that for the Pels & not their opponent.

Jason Calmes

We're a third of the way through tonight's contest, with the #Pelicans & #Rockets tied at 31.

Jim Eichenhofer

Tyreke Evans (knee bone bruise) available to play, but Pelicans have not put him in. Darius Miller now getting more time at point guard

Jim Eichenhofer

Anthony Morrow not pleased by getting ball taken from him by Patrick Beverley from behind. Excellent open-field tackling technique though

Jason Calmes

The players the #Pelicans have used thus far tonight account for a whopping 23.5% of the team's total points this season. - @MasonGinsberg

Jason Calmes

After Q1, the #Rockets lead the #Pelicans 22-20. Something tells me that low scoring pace will not continue. NOLA hanging tough.

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans led briefly but Rockets take 22-20 lead after 1Q through the most unexpected method, Omer Asik free throws. He's at 61% in '13-14

Jason Calmes

Southerland and Withey in for Miller and Ajinca. I like giving Ajinca a rest every time Howard is out. Keep him from picking up extra fouls.

Jason Calmes

Ajinca with the 12 foot jumper in the lane over Asik. Alexis playing well on both ends so far tonight.

Jason Calmes

Solid defense by Ajinca denies Howard points inside. Rockets having a block party on defense, though. 10-10, 5:36 to go in Q1.

Jim Eichenhofer

Alexis Ajinca obviously has hands full on tonight with the return from injury of Dwight Howard. Already taken some major contact, even on D

Jason Calmes

Babbitt with a great dish out to Miller in the corner, but Darius couldn't knock it down. Babbitt proceeds to pick up foul #2 in just 3:15.

Jason Calmes

Howard with the first of what may be a bunch of easy buckets in the paint, but Morrow comes firing right back with a jumper.

John Reid

No Brian Roberts tonight. Out with sprain Left ankle

Jason Calmes

The screen here at the #ToyotaCenter is downright massive: http://t.co/zpCoiH8rZE

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans starters: PG Rivers, SG Morrow, SF Miller, PF Babbitt, C Ajinca. Reserves: Evans, Southerland, Aminu, Withey, Stiemsma

Jason Calmes

Your #Pelicans starters tonight: Rivers, Morrow, Miller, Babbitt, & Ajinca.

Jim Eichenhofer

Starting lineups tonight in Houston. Pelicans have 10 players total available: http://t.co/nbPM65qJ8K

Sean Kelley

Tyreke Evans is available with knee bone bruise but will not start. #Pelicans

Sean Kelley

Well, with all the injuries, here's your starting 5 for @PelicansNBA at HOU tonight. Miller, Babbitt, Ajinca, Rivers, Morrow.

Jason Calmes

This is @MasonGinsberg tweeting live from Houston. I made the effort to drive from Austin; can the #Pelicans reciprocate & keep it close?

Hugh Weber

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