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Monty said postgame he may need to tighten his rotation in reg. season. But upside of that is more minutes on floor for top 6 guys
Not going to read too much into preseason but Pelicans' top 6 solidified what we already knew on how good they can be at 100%
Mavericks miss 3 at the buzzer, Pelicans hold on to win 88-85. That's it for preseason. NOLA hosts Orlando in regular season opener Tuesday
A little drama in preseason finale. Loose ball scramble leads to Patric Young dunk. Pelicans up 88-85 with 2.1 ticks left. Mavs ball
Pelicans rookie Russ Smith getting chance to log some minutes in 4th, has scored 7 pts in qtr. NOLA leads 86-82 with 34 seconds left
The paint no place for faint of heart with Patric Young (6-9, 240) + Dallas' Ivan Johnson (6-8, 255) vying for boards. NOLA 80-77, 2:46 left
Pelicans camp invitee D.J. Stephens enters for the first time tonight with 4:06 remaining in 4Q.
Just over 10,000 fans here tonight in Bossier City. Seem to be split about 60-40 in favor of Mavs. Dallas is only 2.5 hours away
Jimmer Fredette just struck with a 3-pointer.
Unique Pelicans lineup to open 4th quarter: Smith, Fredette at guards; Rivers, Miller forwards; Withey center. NOLA up 61-57
Looks like the Pelicans starters are done for night.
Pelicans leading Mavericks, 59-55, at end of third quarter.
Wholesale changes for NOLA include Anthony Davis subbing out. Might be it for him in preseason. Had 13 pts/6reb/2blk/2stl/2ast in 21 minutes
Jimmer Fredette about to enter for his first action of the night.
Jrue Holiday 0-of-5 from the field.
Anthony Davis comes up with the rare 5-point possession, drawing back-to-back and-ones after missing initial free throw. NOLA 47-41 mid 3rd
Anthony Davis failed to convert 3-PT play, grabs rebound, follows, gets another chance and drops FT this time.
Pelicans' Anthony Davis just had a difficult stretch - missed a layup and another attempt was blocked.
More rotational tweaks for Monty Williams: Ryan Anderson checks Omer Asik with 7:30 to go 3Q.
Tyreke Evans handed out 7 assists in his first 2 preseason games (in only 20 minutes per), but scoring more tonight (13 pts/6 reb/2 ast)
Pelicans leading Mavericks 38-33 at halftime.
Jimmer Fredette didn't get off the bench in the first half.
Jrue Holiday still scoreless after 12 minutes in the first half.
Tyreke Evans' mid-range jumper hasn't translated well from the practice gym to a game yet.
Pelicans showing quick-strike capability now. Eric Gordon has made back-to-back shots and Tyreke Evans just drove lane for layup.
Both teams struggling big-time to make shots. Pelicans lead 31-25 at 2:59 of 2nd qtr. Ryan Anderson has all 8 of NOLA's points in 2nd qtr
Pelicans not attacking the rim like they did in the previous three games.
Pelicans not off to a good start shooting - making only 35.5 percent of their shots from the field.
Ryan Anderson has scored all eight of the bench points so far tonight. Pelicans leading Mavericks, 31-21.
Austin Rivers first guard off the bench tonight.
Rough start for Tyreke Evans: he's 1 of 5 from the field. Several mid-range jumpers have failed to go in.
Tyreke Evans already with two fouls with 1:55 remaining in first quarter.
Eric Gordon back in at the 3:50 mark as Ryan Anderson checks in. Monty Williams hinted at this in pregame comments.
Eric Gordon subbed out at 6:38 of 1st qtr for Luke Babbitt. Monty said in pregame he wants to see Gordon more with reserves, incl. Anderson
Former Pelicans small forward Al-Farouq Aminu starting tonight for Mavericks.
Bare with us tonight on in-game updates. Communications/internet very slow.
Eric Gordon scores the Pelicans' opening points.
Eric Gordon is starting tonight, although Monty Williams said he wants to see him work with second unit.
Monty Williams said he wants to see Eric Gordon work with the second unit, particularly with Ryan Anderson.
Plenty of internet problems at Centurylink Arena tonight.
THK U to all who shared feedback w/changes n STH rewards&food. R team working hard 2 finalize needed changes We do listen-will announce soon
Settling in at Shreveport/Bossier. Game tomorrow night. Need you to point me in right direction for dinner tonight.
How about now.....
Anthony Davis practicing with his right wrist wrapped.
Just talked to Anthony Davis. He said his right wrist is fine. He wanted to return to game but Monty Williams held him out.
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