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When Austin Rivers was asked if he plays similar to Jimmer Fredette: "No No, not at all.I think he’s a totally different player than I am.''
Pelicans' Monty Williams said it will be a lot tougher pairing J. Fredette and A. Rivers together during season because of their depth.
Monty Williams: ''But Austin can get into the paint and do some different things.''
Coach Monty Williams: ''Jimmer can space the floor, Austin can agitate (shooters).He (Jimmer) has the ability to knock down shots.''
Pelicans coach Monty Williams said after Sunday's practice that Jimmer Fredette is a better range shooter than Austin Rivers.
Without question, Coach Monty Williams' best option is starting Tyreke Evans at SF when regular season begins.
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The Pelicans are giving serious consideration to Tyreke Evans starting at SF. In fact, he is now the favorite to win the job.
Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans said he won't play Tues. vs. Rockets. But he hopes to play Thurs. vs. Thunder.
They try me just about every day....lol it doesn't work, they don't realize their just making me stronger and better. M.o.a.M ...all smiles
Thunder's Kevin Durant out 6-8 weeks with fractured foot.
For Pelicans to win big this season, coach Monty Williams will need to adjust his system to fit the strengths of his players.
I think Jimmer Fredette and Russ Smth are going to emerge for Pelicans this season. Smith is going to take off after January.
So many good games on right now. Not sure which one to watch!
Monty Williams on D.J. Stephens: "He may be the best athlete in the NBA." Stephens broke NBA draft combine record for vertical leap in 2013
Pelicans camp invite D.J. Stephens has vertical leap of 46 inches/standing vert of 40. Teammates have requested specific dunks in warmups
Pelicans' Tyreke Evans got in some work at practice Saturday.No contact though. Monty Williams said it went well.
Good news for the Pelicans. Swingman Tyreke Evans (hamstring) was able to practice for the first time in camp.
Pelicans' guard Jimmer Fredette has averaged 13.3 points on 53.8 percent shooting from 3-point range after the first three preseason games.
There will be occasions this season where the Pelicans will go big with Anthony Davis, Omer Asik and Ryan Anderson paired together.
Monty Williams said after practice today that Ryan Anderson will get some playing time at small forward this season.
Monty said he'll continue to give minutes to array of players in Game 4 of preseason (home Tues. vs Hou). Game 5 & 6 may resemble rotation
For the first time in camp, Pelicans gave Ryan Anderson practice time at SF. Anderson doesn't expect to spend a lot of time there, though
Ryan Anderson said he's not sure how much small forward he'll play, but "it's something I'm comfortable doing." He practiced some at 3 today
The Pelicans waived forward Vernon Macklin on Thursday, so he could pursue an opportunity to play in Europe, according to league sources.
Tyreke Evans (hamstring) was seen running along practice court at practice today. He looked good. No word on his return yet, though.
Monty Williams said Tyreke Evans (hamstring) making "great progress"& "on a good track." But they won't rush him back in fear of re-injury
Monty on small forward competition: "We've given guys great opportunities. Nobody's really stepped up and taken hold of that position."
Jimmer Fredette (13 points) on one difference so far early in stint with NOLA: "Consistency of playing time. Knowing when you'll go in."
Pelicans lose to Wizards 94-89
Wizards up 92-87 with 34 seconds left after Otto Porter makes 2 free throws
Pelicans must work on their defense. It is preseason, but they have blew a fourth-quarter lead. Trailing 90-86 with 1:21 left.
Russ Smith checked in with 5-plus minutes left and hit a mid-range jumper. He already likes 4th quarters. Tied at 86 with 2:40 left
Darius Miller badly missed another 3-point attempt. He is struggling to find his rhythm in the preseason.
Austin Rivers holding his ankle but he stays in game.
Lineup for Pelicans in "crunch time" midway 4th quarter: Fredette, Rivers, Miller, Babbitt, Young. New Orleans up 82-80 at 5:13
Patric Young enters for the first time with 8:19 remaining in the fourth quarter. Crowd cheers.
Patric Young checks in with 8:21 left in 4th qtr, gets big ovation from his hometown Jacksonville fans. Pelicans lead 80-73
John Salmons just made a 3-pointer.
Patric Young still hasn't played. But no one is chanting like they did in Louisville for Russ Smith when he didn't get off bench until 3Q.
Pelicans leading Wizards, 70-68, after three quarters.
Sequence that showed how Ryan Anderson is such a unique forward: He outmuscled 278-pound Kevin Seraphin for rebound, then fired stepback 3
Pelicans are only shooting 40% from field and are 5-for-20 on treys, but lead Wizards 67-64 late 3rd Q. NOLA only 8 turnovers to Wiz's 17
Luke Babbitt just made a 3-pointer. One of the best plays by a Pelicans small forward tonight so far.
Pelicans center Omer Asik too quiet tonight. 3 rebounds, 0 blocks and 0 points in almost 20 minutes of work.
So far Pelicans' rotation/minutes distribution have been much more like a regular season game. Only guys 10 have played. NOLA 60-56 in 3rd
Wizards scoring quickly against Pelicans in third quarter. Paul Pierce just made a jumper over a lunging Anthony Davis.
Pelicans outrebounded by Wizards 27-18 in first half.
Pelicans leading Wizards, 49-44, at halftime.
Jimmer Fredette, who leads Pelicans in preseason scoring average (13.5 ppg), tops NOLA with 10 points at halftime. Pelicans up 49-44
Russ Smith didn't get off the bench until the 3Q in Louisville Saturday. Patric Young, playing in his hometown tonight, hasn't played yet.
Darius Miller just airballed a 3-pointer. He was wide open.
It's been a quiet first half from the Pelicans small forwards. Darius Miller 3 pts 1-of-4 shooting. John Salmons 0-2, scoreless.
Jimmer Fredette has started the game making four of his first five shots, including two 3s
Pelicans went to lineup surrounding A.Davis with shooting: Fredette (40.1% career on 3s), Anderson (38.6), Gordon (36.8), Salmons (36.6)
Jimmer Fredette already with 10 pts. Third consecutive preseason game he's scored in double figures.
Jimmer Fredette in double figures quickly for a 3rd straight preseason game, with 10 pts (2-3 treys). He's 6-for-10 on threes in preseason
Pelicans leading Wizards 44-40 with 4:38 remaining in second quarter.
Jimmer Fredette striking from the perimeter in second quarter - two 3s both under extreme defensive pressure.
Ryan Anderson has been just amazingly efficient. He's repeatedly making turnaround and step-back jumpers against Wizards.