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With 2:20 left in 3Q, Jazz leading Pelicans 80-74. Something is clearly missing tonight from the Pelicans.
I have really loved Dante Cunningham, but he is struggling with Hayward. He just let him go that time. Might have been expecting help.
Pelicans continue to struggle defensively against Jazz. Trailing 80-74 with 2:20 remaining in 3Q
Anthony Davis (18 pts, 7-10 FGs) has made 23 of his 33 shots vs. Utah this season. He had career-high 43 pts at Utah on 11/22
Asik is actually having a pretty effective night on offense. 10 points on 4 FGA.
Pelicans have been outscored 11-4 by the Jazz at the start of third quarter.
Pelicans have clearly been trying to integrate more ball movement into the offense. Results have been mixed. Tonight is more bad than good.
Pelicans are still having trouble defending the paint and protecting the rim even with Asik and Davis on the floor.
Pelicans shot 56.8 percent from the field in the first half.
Also, not saying they shouldn't disagree with his choices. Just saying there is probably a logic to his choices.
But I know a lot of people get salty about Monty's rotation and minute distribution regardless of opponent or context.
One thing re: Monty. When we play an inferior team, he tries to rest the starters and get more from bench. IMO it is a solid long term strat
Dante Cunningham leads all Pelicans with 18 minutes in the first half. Expect to see a lot of our starters in the second half.
Ryan Anderson (15 pts) and Anthony Davis (14 pts) almost on pace at halftime to make it four games in a row with two NOLA 30-point scorers
Pelicans trailing 56-53 at halftime to the Jazz.
Frankly, the Pels should be happy to be down only 3. 56-53 at the half.
Halftime: Jazz 56, Pelicans 53
Gordon "Hair" Hayward fouls AD on the jump shot.
Utah shooting 61% from field. Pelicans are shooting 55% but have committed 10 turnovers. NOLA is 2nd-best in NBA in turnovers (11.2/game)
The last time we played the Jazz I didn't really enjoy the game. It just felt sloppy. Tonight is not different.
Gordon Hayward converts a 1-on-3 fast break; Utah up 49-42.
Pelicans Ryan Anderson has his shooting rhythm tonight. He's made six of his first seven shots, nearly all beyond 20 feet: 15 points.
At this point, let's just end the quarter with a one on one between Anderson and Trey Burke.
Ryan Anderson (15 pts, 3/4 treys) has made 13 of his last 26 three-pointers. He was 4 of 23 on threes in the previous four games
Another Anderson 3 and another timeout. Pelicans are down 3 with 4:47 to go.
Jazz leading Pelicans 43-40 with 4:47 left in 2Q.
WELP Anderson is 5/5 from the field. Pels are down 37-39 midway through the second.
I assume that was a good pass from Jimmer to Anderson. Not sure though. This motel internet isn't great.
Jimmer is 1-11 from 3 this year.
Jeff Withey played total of 29 minutes on weekend vs. Cavs/Warriors. Most he's played in a 2-game span this season. Averaged 6.0 pts/4.0 reb
Less than 2 minutes in to the second quarter and the Pelicans are only down 2.
That drive from Anderson... Be still my beating heart...
Nice two man game from Anderson and Withey.
Pelicans made seven shots in the first quarter and committed nine turnovers.
After a 9 turnover quarter, the Pelicans are only down 6. 26-20 at the end of the first.
Pelicans trailing 26-20 at end of first quarter. Jazz shot 61 percent from the field.
I thought Cunningham would play Hayward a bit tougher than he has. Now, we just need to bring help over.
Jimmer Fredette screamed at himself for missing jumper at end of first quarter.
At end of 1Q: Jazz 26, Pelicans 20. Pelicans turned the ball over nine times in the 1Q.
Jeff Withey comes in for the first time. He has looked pretty good recently
After numerous DNPs earlier in season, Jimmer Fredette is making appearance in his 3rd straight game. He played 7 minutes vs. Cavs, Warriors
Jimmer comes in. This would be a good time for him to prove he can be an offensive spark.
Jimmer Fredette enters for the Pelicans
Monty Williams: ''You can go down the list of plays in that game and find something to complain about.''
You really don't need to overthink this one. It has been all about the turnovers so far.
Monty Williams on Warriors complaints about Dante Cunningham: ''If I have a problem with another team, I go talk to the coach.''
Monty Williams on Warriors: I don’t like playing that game of calling the league and kind of whining about what happened in the game.
Timeout at 2:38 Pelicans are down 24-13 against the Jazz. It has been an ugly one so far.
The Pelicans average 11.7 turnovers a game. They have 7 in the first quarter tonight.
Jazz guard Trey Burke is 5-of-5 from the field for 14 points in nine minutes.
Pelicans have five made shots and seven turnovers. Not good.Losing 22-12 to Jazz.
Jrue has also shot really well from 10-16 feet this year. He is shooting 50.9% from that range.
Anthony Davis is 3-for-3, all on jumpers. He's shooting 64.9% in his career vs. Utah, his 2nd-best rate vs. any team (Boston 67.4%)
Welp, AD's chest isn't bothering his jumper. He's 3/3 so far.
Jazz has made six of their first eight shots against Pelicans to take 13-6 lead.
The Pelicans have 5 shot attempts and 5 turnovers so far tonight. That needs to change.
Cunningham comes in early for Babbit and takes Hayward.
Dante Cunningham on a quick check in for Luke Babbitt at 8:36 1Q.
Pelicans are struggling with turnovers early. Some of it is the added ball movement. Most of it is just silly unforced errors.
Anthony Davis makes his first jump shot of the night.
Asik drains both free throws. An angel gets its wings.
Anthony Davis makes his first shot attempt.
We are off! Let's go Pelicans!
Pelicans are 2-3 in their red uniforms (1-0 at home). They're wearing them Saturday vs. Portland, April 15 and on all two-game road trips
The old complaint about Jrue was turnovers. His turnover rate this year is 11.1%. That is fantastic for a point guard.
BTW, the Pels are currently the 8th seed in the west. Not that it matters... But I guess it does matter.. It matters to me.. maybe. IDK
Jrue Holiday has been playing really well this year. There are still some fans who complain about him. I don't know what the deal is there.
Going into tonight's game, the Pelicans are the eighth seed in the Western Conference with 11-12 record.
Jrue Holiday has scored 30 points in two of the last three games.
Tyreke Evans trying to achieve his third consecutive game scoring at least 30 points. He scored a season-high 34 points vs. Warriors on Sun.
Since Nov. 21, Jazz has lost 11 of 12 games.