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It appears Eric Gordon suffered a separated shoulder, trying to get that confirmed.
In fact, 30 of the Pels' 57 points came from the paint in the first half. Utah had 14 points in the paint.
I mean they are really leaving the paint open.
After scoring a total of 4 points in NOLA's first 10 games this season, Jeff Withey had 9 at Denver and 6 in first half tonight (3-4 FGs)
Holiday and Evans both struggle with their shots. They're a combined 3-14. Normally, that's bad for Pels, but Jazz are struggling on D.
At halftime, Davis has 21 pts on 8-10, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block. Also, he is 5-5 on free throws.
Pelicans really grow their lead in the 2nd, Pels are up 17 over the Jazz at 57-40.
Maybe best quarter Pelicans played on road trip, outscoring Jazz 32-17 in 2nd. NOLA up 57-40 at halftime. Haven't won here since March '11
Pelicans go into halftime leading Jazz, 57-40.
AD finally gets a block. What a bum.
Pelicans have outscored Jazz, 31-15 in second quarter.
Anthony Davis in midst of a huge 2nd quarter, scoring 14 of his 21 points. Scoring in a lot of ways. NOLA 56-38 at 1:00
Pelicans have controlled second quarter, leading 54-38.
Another and 1 for Davis, and Utah asks, "How do you stop that?" You don't... You don't.
The Jazz just give up baskets inside. I mean Withey had enough time to make that layup look pretty.
Eric Gordon was defending Alec Burks and got his arms tangled up (foul on Burks). Gordon went to locker room holding his left shoulder
Eric Gordon tried to cut off Trey Burke's drive on the perimeter and he got hooked under his left shoulder. No status update yet.
It was his shoulder not knee. Gordon heads to the locker room.
Eric Gordon holding his left shoulder, could be serious. Heading to locker room.
Now, the Jazz announcers say he is looking at his right knee. I don't know anything besides we know nothing.
Gordon gets tangled up on a screen. Hard to see, but it looks like he is grabbing his left shoulder. Injury timeout.
Pelicans backup center Jeff Withey playing well so far. He's made 2-of-3 shots, just got an open lane for a dunk.
WITHEY SLAM! Seriously, I forget that he can do that.
Anthony Davis and Utah's Derrick Favors battling each other tonight. Good matchup.
Anthony Davis (12 pts, 5-7 FGs) is getting good at that pull-up, mid-range jumper off one foot. A nice addition to his arsenal
Every announcer in the NBA has a quota on the number of times they must say that AD was a guard in high school. Jazz guys are close.
And he gets the and 1...
Hey! He's back!
Davis played pretty much all of the first quarter. He earned a long rest. I figure he'll be back soon.
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.