Pelicans endure season of ups and downs

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDPelicans forward Anthony Davis dunks against the Boston Celtics on March 16 at the Smoothie King Center.

When the 2013-14 season began, the New Orleans Pelicans, with at least two big offseason acquisitions, appeared to be a team of much potential and promise. When it ended, the Pelicans had the look of survivors after finishing with a … Continue reading→

Tyreke Evans-paced Pelicans drop Rockets 105-100

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, left and New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42) battle for a rebound Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center.

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams was close to tears after Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets at Smoothie King Center.It’s been a long, difficult, injury-ravaged season for the Pelicans, but consecutive victories against two tough NBA Western Conference teams … Continue reading→

Video: Williams knows a softer side of Popovich

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams reacts in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in New Orleans, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

From his terse, short interviews with television sideline reporters during games to his sometimes caustic and sarcastic nature with the media in other situations, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has developed a anti-social persona that screams toughness and coldness, but he … Continue reading→

Pelicans waive Greg Stiemsma

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma guards Indiana Pacers power forward David West earlier this season.

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams said Monday that Greg Stiemsma was waived because he has injured knees and the team needed another able-bodied center for the final two games of the NBA regular season.The Pelicans signed journeyman Melvin Ely, … Continue reading→

Lewis: Pelicans should shut it down

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONAnthony Davis, who will miss the rest of the season, joined a long injury list for Monty Williams’ Pelicans.

Before anything else bad happens, maybe the New Orleans Pelicans should just shut it down. Now.Not surprisingly, the team announced Thursday that Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon are done for the season, adding to an already too-lengthy list of MIAs.How … Continue reading→

Suns hold off Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA -- Pelicans guard Austin Rivers shoots as Suns forward Shavlik Randolph defends at the Smoothie King Center on April 9, 2014.

The New Orleans Pelicans were hoping to end a five-game losing streak without All-Star power forward Anthony Davis, who was held out of the game because of a lingering back ailment.The Phoenix Suns are hoping to make the playoffs after … Continue reading→