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Pelicans expect to play Nuggets tougher this time

When the New Orleans Pelicans were thrashed in a 20-point loss to the Nuggets in Denver on Nov. 21, coach Monty Williams was concerned that his team had strayed from its identity. Built on principles such as defense first, intensity and transition offense, Williams watched as the Nuggets out-hustled the Pelicans. New Orleans was No. 1 in… Continue reading →

Video: The Pelicans confidence is sky-high with their four-game winning streak, but they are keeping things in perspective

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) is fouled by Detroit Pistons forward Caron Butler during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

. Pelicans forwards Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson talk about the team's four-game winning streak and its' potential playoff chances. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

He’s on a roll: Anthony Davis hosts night of bowling and prize giveaways for children

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) helps Dylan Singleton bowl along with other children from the West Bank YMCA at Fulton Alley for ADÕs Flight Academy Bowling Event, part of the NBA's fit week, in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

These seemed more meaningful than the ones he receives at the Smoothie King Center, where he performs before thousands more for a lot of money. Ask the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis about the fans’ “MVP!” chants there after he makes a spectacular play, and he seems uncomfortable and always answers, “It’s too early yet. There’s a… Continue reading →

Photos: Anthony Davis bowls with kids

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) greets children from the West Bank YMCA at Fulton Alley for ADâs Flight Academy Bowling Event, part of the NBA's fit week, in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis will host his third event in the AD’s Flight Academy series hosting around 100 kids from the Westbank YMCA at Federal City in a bowling event at Fulton Alley. As a part of his individual community efforts in New Orleans, Anthony Davis provided a night of bowling, food/drink, giveaways and t-shirts for the kids.… Continue reading →

'Let 'em have it!' Anthony Davis the 'Special Man' in new Pelicans' spot based on old Frankie and Johnny's furniture commercials

All-Star Anthony Davis doubles as the "Special Man" in a ticket-sales commercial that takes fans back in time to the famous Frankie and Johnny's Furniture store commercials. Continue reading →

Pelicans push win streak to four

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER - Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca goes up for a shot during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night at the Smoothie King Center. Ajinca had eight rebounds and four blocked shots in the Pelicans' 99-74 win.

Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown has studied Anthony Davis to help in the development of his team’s rookie center/power forward Nerlens Noel, with both being slender former first-round picks from Kentucky. While expecting Noel to be on the same path immediately as Davis might be unfair, given that Davis had a better skill base with which to… Continue reading →

Lewis: Pelicans make it look easy against the Sixers

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) slam dunks in front of Philadelphia 76ers center Henry Sims (35) and forward Robert Covington in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The Pelicans won 99-74. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Who knew getting to four in a row would be this easy? Against a team that had beaten you by 15 just 10 days ago. Especially after the effort it took for the Pelicans to beat Dallas on Sunday to achieve their first three-game wining streak of the season. To be fair, the… Continue reading →

Lewis: After downing Mavs, 3 straight wins feel great for Pelicans; here's what playoff picture looks like

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates their 109-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks with guard Quincy Pondexter (20) after an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

This is what three in a row looks like: Anthony Davis pounding his chest after a dunk following an offensive rebound and later outmuscling fellow future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki to tip away the inbound pass that prevented Dallas from having a go at a winning basket.… Continue reading →

Pelicans dump Mavericks 109-106 for third straight win

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER - New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates a win as the crowd goes wild after a very close game against the Dallas Mavericks at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

The New Orleans Pelicans played the Dallas Mavericks closely twice earlier this season, only to fall short at the end. Anthony Davis, the Pelicans power forward who soon will make his first All-Star Game start, made sure that didn’t happen again. Making plays on both ends of the court in an inspiring effort over… Continue reading →

Ryan Anderson back in groove at home

Advocate file  photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, left, is in a groove at the Smoothie King Center.

Home is where the shot is. Whether it’s the rims, the angles, his conditioning or the crowd, something changes for Pelicans’ forward Ryan Anderson when he enters the Smoothie King Center. Shots not connecting in any other arena seem to find their way in when the Pelicans’ logo is emblazoned at center court. Sunday evening’s… Continue reading →

Six-game homestand gives Pelicans a chance to make their move

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 96-80. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

The chance to get their footing on the Western Conference playoff ladder is right there for the New Orleans Pelicans. On Sunday, they begin a six-game homestand, their longest of the season. And they are a healthy 13-5 at the Smoothie King Center, where it appears they’ve started to gain the confidence of their fans this season. But… Continue reading →

Alex Ajinca’s solid play gives New Orleans Pelicans a boost

Associated Press photo by FRANK GUNN -- New Orleans’ Alexis Ajinça shoots over Toronto’s Tyler Hansbrough last Sunday in Toronto.

With the Pelicans embarking on an important six-game home stretch, the continued improved play of center Alexis Ajinça could turn out to be a boost. Ajinça had 16 points and 14 rebounds against Philadelphia on Jan. 16 and two days later scored 22 in the big win at Toronto as he got more playing time with… Continue reading →

Dante Cunningham, others step in to help New Orleans Pelicans overcome injuries

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives against New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham during the second Wednesday in the Smoothie King Center.

MINNEAPOLIS — Injuries can decimate a team. The New Orleans Pelicans are trying to make sure that doesn’t happen. Guard Jrue Holiday missed his fifth game in a row on Friday night with a stress fracture in his right lower leg and forward Ryan Anderson was out of the lineup for the first time… Continue reading →

New Orleans Pelicans guard Nate Wolters signs second 10-day contract with team

Associated Press photo by STACY BENGS -- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine moves past New Orleans Pelican guard Nate Wolters during the second half Friday in Minneapolis. The Pelicans won 92-84.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Nate Wolters has earned a second 10-day contract, with the team announcing the deal Saturday. Wolters originally signed with the club Jan. 14. In five games as a Pelican, Wolters averaged 2.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 11 minutes. Wolters was the 38th overall pick in the 2013… Continue reading →

Pelicans erase early deficit, top Timberwolves 92-84

New Orleans Pelican forward Anthony Davis (23) protects the ball from Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng, center, and forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Pelicans won 92-84. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

MINNEAPOLIS — A slow start wasn’t going to stop the New Orleans Pelicans. The team’s starting guards made sure of that. Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans combined for 37 points as the Pelicans erased a 10-point, first-quarter lead and pulled away late in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night… Continue reading →

Ankle injury sidelines Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson for Friday night’s game at Minnesota

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) works against New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) in the second quarter as they play in the Smoothie King Center  in New Orleans, La. Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

MINNEAPOLIS — The New Orleans Pelicans will be without forward Ryan Anderson for Friday night’s game at Minnesota. Anderson, who is averaging 14.7 points, is battling an ankle injury. “He’s probably been feeling it for a while,” coach Monty Williams said. “Ryan plays through a lot of stuff. He’s a guy that really… Continue reading →

New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis thanks fans for All-Star nod

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) passes the ball down court while being chased by Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith (5) as they play in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

MINNEAPOLIS — Props to the fans. Anthony Davis knows he has his supporters to thank for receiving the starting nod for the Western Conference in next month’s NBA All-Star Game. The New Orleans Pelicans power forward tallied 1,369,911 votes, which is the third highest among all the players. “It’s all the fans,” said Davis, after his team’s morning… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis voted to start for Western Conference in NBA All-Star game for first time

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) is fouled by Detroit Pistons forward Caron Butler during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

One year after being an All-Star reserve, Anthony Davis was voted to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star game on Thursday. The game will be played on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Davis, who finished with 1,369,911 votes, was one of just three players to get at least… Continue reading →

Pelicans need momentum; Timberwolves provide a starting point

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) dunks on Los Angeles Lakers forward Wesley Johnson (11) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Ed Davis (21) in a NBA basketball game in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

The New Orleans Pelicans have victories this season against some of the best teams in the NBA. They have beaten the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder twice each and also have a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. All are in playoff positions in the very competitive Western Conference.… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis catches fire in second half as Pelicans pop Lakers

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill (27) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Ed Davis (21) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24)  in a NBA basketball game in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

With point guard Jrue Holiday out injured, the New Orleans Pelicans didn’t do a good job of getting the ball to Anthony Davis in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers, and he didn’t get into a rhythm. The Pelicans corrected that in the second half. With the Pelicans finding Davis nearly every possession in… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday to miss two to four weeks with a stress reaction in his lower right leg

Advocate file photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday has a stress reaction to an injury in his right ankle that will keep him sidelined for two to four weeks.

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday will miss two to four weeks with what the team said Wednesday is a stress reaction in his right lower leg. Holiday had missed the past four games with what the Pelicans said was “right ankle inflammation.” Additional tests by team doctors Tuesday revealed the stress reaction, the… Continue reading →

Pelicans fans venting frustrations at inconsistent season

The team is off to its best start in three years, and the franchise’s trajectory is on the upswing, but fans of the New Orleans Pelicans were vocally perturbed as the second half of the 2014-15 season began Wednesday night. Although the team was greeted by a mostly full Smoothie King Center for the Pelicans tilt… Continue reading →

Video: Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans talks about how the Lakers focused on forcing him to pass the ball in the team' 96-80 win

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) goes the basket past Los Angeles Lakers forward Wesley Johnson, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 96-80. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

. Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans scored 19 points and had four rebounds and four assists in the team's 96-80 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Smoothie King Center. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis took advantage of the Lakers focusing on stopping guard play in the team's 96-80 win

Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill (27) shoots the ball as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 96-80. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

. Pelicans guard Anthony Davis scored 29 points and had eight rebounds and four blocked shots in the team's 96-80 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant hopes to play through shoulder injury

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 96-80. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant suffered a sore right shoulder in the team's 96-80 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Bryant, who played 29 minutes, 52 seconds, scored 14 points. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Anthony Davis (sprained left big toe) to return to the lineup for the Pelicans in Wednesday's game against the Lakers

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates his team's victory against the Utah Jazz in a NBA basketball game at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

. New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis said he will play in Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center. Davis had missed the past three games with a sprained left big toe that was injured during the Pelicans' victory at the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 14.… Continue reading →

Schedule softens (a bit) as the midway point passes, so the Pelicans need to make their move

Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan sits on the floor as New Orleans Pelicans Quincy Pondexter, left, and Tyreke Evans congratulate each other on a win in NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Before his New Orleans Pelicans embarked on their just-completed five-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams, coach Monty Williams was asked about his team’s schedule during the season’s first half. “It’s been brutal, but there’s nothing you can do about the schedule,” he replied. “At some point, it will start to even out. I will say this:… Continue reading →

Lewis: Simply, the Pelicans have been consistently inconsistent this season

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams thinks during a timeout in a NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

Looks like everybody on the basketball wing of operations at 5800 Airline Highway is drinking the Kool-Aid, too. Or at least they were. Monday’s road loss to the dreadful New York Knicks brought the Pelicans to the midpoint of their season with a resounding thud. It is obvious that this team, now 20-21, does not… Continue reading →

What went right and what went wrong for the New Orleans Pelicans in the first half of the season

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams calls out a play to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 96-81. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

. Advocate contributor Scott Kushner lists the things that went right and the things that went wrong for the New Orleans Pelicans in the first half of the 2014-15 season. Click here to see the Meograph.Continue reading →

Knicks snap their 16-game losing skid with a 99-92 victory over the Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans' Tyreke Evans, left, looks to drive to the basket as he is guarded by New York Knicks' Jose Calderon during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 99-92. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK — Over the past four nights, the New Orleans Pelicans have managed to bring a state of euphoria to Philadelphia and New York, sandwiched between some personal satisfaction. Coming off a last-second, hard-fought victory over Toronto on Sunday afternoon, the Pelicans appeared to have enough momentum to post consecutive victories for the first… Continue reading →