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Jrue Holiday, Pelicans’ bench takes over in win at Minnesota

New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis, right, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — Constant warnings from the team’s athletic training staff prompted New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry to designate one person on the team’s bench to track Jrue Holiday’s minutes. The coach is trying to abide the trainer’s wishes, but nights like Monday’s 116-102 win at Minnesota make it difficult to limit the energizing point… Continue reading →

Pelicans' disastrous season leads to plummeting TV ratings, dead last ranking in league viewership

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives past New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 99-84. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Even the most diehard fans might be changing the channel when the New Orleans Pelicans play. A disappointing season – plagued by injuries and unmet expectations – has led to a sharp decline in local TV rankings for the Pelicans. The team ranks last in the NBA for audience size, averaging 7,000 households per game, or a decrease of 36 percent,… Continue reading →

Alvin Gentry pushing for more ball movement as Pelicans aim to break four-game losing streak Monday at Minnesota

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 115-99. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Sometimes simple problems have simple solutions. So ask Anthony Davis — as a reporter did Saturday night in Cleveland — how his New Orleans Pelicans can fix the ball-movement problems that have plagued them in so many losses (like the one to the Cavaliers that night), and Davis can boil the answer down to the basics.… Continue reading →

Pelicans fall to Cavaliers Saturday night 99-84

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, drives past New Orleans Pelicans' Dante Cunningham in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving and LeBron James wouldn’t let another lead get away from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving scored 29 points, James added 27 and Cleveland bounced back from two straight losses with a 99-84 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Irving and James combined for 17 points in the fourth… Continue reading →

After ‘taking steps backward’ in Thursday’s loss to the Lakers, Anthony Davis and the Pelicans visit LeBron James’ Cavaliers on Saturday

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry calls out from the bench in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The Lakers won 99-96. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Anthony Davis was somber and straight-faced, frustrated as he tried to explain his team’s most recent inexplicable loss. But he wasn’t giving up. An hour or so after the Pelicans lost a Thursday night home game to the Los Angeles Lakers — their third straight loss, and their second this season to the worst team in… Continue reading →

Kobe Bryant, Lakers score win over Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) slam dunks ahead of Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert (17) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

There would be oohs and ahs, Alvin Gentry warned his team. There would be loud cheers. There would be a buzz in the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, and it wouldn’t be for his Pelicans. Kobe Bryant was in town, and he was the show. And the fans who turned out… Continue reading →

Tyreke Evans sits again for Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 116-99. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Tyreke Evans on Thursday missed his fifth straight game with knee soreness. It’s unclear how many more it might cost the Pelicans point guard. Evans, who sat the first 17 games of the season after arthroscopic surgery in his right knee, sat out against the Lakers at the Smoothie King center with sorness in… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ scare not enough to end Spurs’ home-court win streak

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores in fron tof New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 110-97. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO — The New Orleans Pelicans put a scare in San Antonio, but it wasn’t enough to snap the Spurs’ franchise-record home start. LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 36 points, outscoring fellow Western Conference All-Star reserve Anthony Davis by eight to lead San Antonio to a 110-97 victory on Wednesday night. “We have to play a… Continue reading →

Pelicans prepare for Lakers, ‘legend’ Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, passes the ball as New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

He’s unlikely to have another 81-point game. He won’t close out his career with a sixth NBA championship. He isn’t the player he was in his prime. But he’s still Kobe Bryant. And as he prepares to visit New Orleans with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, that still means something. “When… Continue reading →

Struggling Pelicans face tough test in San Antonio Spurs — but they often play well

Advocate file photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson and Spurs forward Boris Diaw battle for a loose ball during a game last seasonat the Smoothie King Center. The teams meet again Wednesday in San Antonio.

There’s something about San Antonio that brings out the best in the Pelicans. While the Spurs are one of the league’s most dominant forces and the envy of nearly every front office, the perpetually underdog bunch from New Orleans has routinely found ways to make the Southwest Division powerhouse sweat and leave the court wondering what just happened.… Continue reading →

Pelicans face a tall task: Handing the Spurs their first home loss this season

Associated Press file photo by MORRY GASH -- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich

The irresistible force meets the easily movable object. It’s an apt phrasing for Wednesday’s meeting between the Spurs and Pelicans, considering the teams’ respective home and road records. San Antonio is 26-0 at home. New Orleans is 5-18 on the road. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is keenly aware of the issue as his team continues to fight from… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Tyreke Evans misses his third straight game; Jrue Holiday struggles mightily from the field

Tyreke Evans’ right knee doesn’t need to be 100 percent to play. But the New Orleans Pelicans’ starting point guard didn’t return to the lineup during Monday’s 110-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. It marked a three-game absence for Evans, who failed to gain enough strength in his ailing right knee to get back onto the… Continue reading →

Pelicans can’t close their long homestand with a victory, fall 110-95 to the Grizzlies

New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham (44) goes to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies forward Jeff Green in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

When you play the Memphis Grizzlies, you know what’s coming. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be physical. It’s a given. But the Grizzlies hit the Pelicans with a changeup Monday night at the Smoothie King Center, blitzing New Orleans with an uncharacteristic perimeter punch that powered Memphis to a 110-95 win. The… Continue reading →

‘It’s progress:’ As the Pelicans close their seven-game homestand Monday vs. Memphis, their playoff chances are improving — but the road gets much tougher soon

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) reacts after hitting a 3-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The Pelicans won 105-103. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The climb always was going to be a tough one. The Pelicans can take some solace in having completed the first steps. New Orleans will close a seven-game homestand Monday when the Memphis Grizzlies visit the Smoothie King Center at 7 p.m., and although the Pelicans remain on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture,… Continue reading →

Sources: Bryce Dejean-Jones to sign another 10-day contract with Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (31) dunks in front of Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. The Pelicans won 114-105. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Pelicans are signing Bryce Dejean-Jones to a second 10-day contract on Monday, sources familiar with the situation confirmed to The Advocate on Sunday. Although his initial deal technically expired on Sunday, the Pelicans didn’t practice; allowing the team to push the signing to Monday. This ensures Dejean-Jones will be with the team for at least the next… Continue reading →

Jrue Holiday’s late basket helps Pelicans outlast Nets

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) shoots the game winning shot over Brooklyn Nets forward Thomas Robinson (41) in the final seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The Pelicans won 105-103. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Jrue Holiday keeps saying it doesn’t matter if he starts. All the Pelicans point guard really wants is to be in the game at the end. And in Saturday’s 105-103 win against the Brooklyn Nets, Holiday made his case to be a closer. Holiday scored the Pelicans’ final five points… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis returns to lineup after missing one game

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez, right, and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis battle under the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Anthony Davis got back on the court Saturday for the Pelicans. He’s hoping for a change that he’ll be healthy again when he represents his team at NBA All-Star weekend Feb. 12-14 in Toronto. Davis had 20 points and 16 rebounds in Saturday’s 105-103 win against Brooklyn, his return to action… Continue reading →

Pelicans' Anthony Davis plans to play Saturday against Nets

Anthony Davis will be back on the court for the Pelicans on Saturday. The New Orleans star, who missed Thursday's win against Sacramento with a concussion, will be back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Smoothie King Center. Davis passed the NBA's return-to-participation protocol "with flying colors" and can play with no limitations, Pelicans coach… Continue reading →

After making his first career start, Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones suddenly steps into the spotlight

New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (31) dunks in front of Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. The Pelicans won 114-105. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Bryce Dejean-Jones wouldn’t allow himself the moment. The 6-foot-6 guard — playing with the New Orleans Pelicans on a 10-day contract — had learned not long before Thursday’s game against Sacramento that he would make his first NBA start. But with so much at stake, he barely had time to consider it. So Dejean-Jones didn’t pause,… Continue reading →

Led by Ryan Anderson, Pelicans power past Kings without Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Marco Belinelli (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

For Ryan Anderson, this was a rare treat. An atypical spot in the starting lineup — in place of concussed star Anthony Davis — gave Anderson an unusual matchup Thursday night at the Smoothie King Center. And New Orleans took full advantage. With rookie power forward Willie Cauley-Stein defending him early, Anderson scored 18 of his career-high-tying… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis named a Western Conference All-Star reserve

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives with the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 116-99. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Anthony Davis was named to the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve. The NBA’s coaches voted Davis into the game Thursday night, making it Davis’ third straight appearance in the All-Star Game. He’s just the second player in franchise history to do so. He joins forwards Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and LaMarcus Aldridge along with guards Klay… Continue reading →

Report: Pelicans' Anthony Davis named to Western Conference All-Star team

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis

. Anthony Davis was named to the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The NBA’s coaches voted Davis into the game on Thursday night, making it Davis’ third straight appearance in the All Star Game. He’s just the second player in franchise history to do so. He joins forwards… Continue reading →

Big injury questions about Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans as Pelicans prep for crucial game vs. Kings

The Pelicans will host the Kings Thursday at the Smoothie King Center. Exactly who'll play for New Orleans remains in question. Forward Anthony Davis still is going through the NBA's concussion protocol, coach Alvin Gentry said after Wednesday's practice, and his status for the Sacramento game won't be clear until Thursday. The Pelicans also might be without guard Tyreke Evans, who had an… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday getting healthier, more dynamic

Associated Press file photo by Jonathan Bachman -- Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday has gradually been picking up the pace since his minutes restriction has been lifted.

Jrue Holiday dribbled upcourt in rhythm, and his 3-point shot was true. He blew by a defender and finished at the rim. He sank a step-back jumper; he finished a tough runner through contact. This was all Monday night against the Houston Rockets, but it could have been three seasons ago. The Pelicans point… Continue reading →

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry keeps Tyreke Evans on bench as a precaution

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 116-99. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Tyreke Evans is willing to play through pain, sometimes at the cost of his effectiveness. That was the case during the Pelicans’ 112-111 loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday night, which prompted coach Alvin Gentry to sit the starting point guard midway through the third quarter and leave him on the bench for… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis suffers a concussion as Pelicans’ winning streak ends with 112-111 loss to Rockets

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) makes a pass in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. The Rockets beat the Pelicans 112-111. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Anthony Davis came crashing down Monday night at the Smoothie King Center, and the Pelicans’ three-game winning streak followed suit. But New Orleans didn’t go down without a fight. Davis took a second-quarter elbow from teammate Tyreke Evans and was diagnosed with a concussion, but the shorthanded Pelicans rallied from a 16-point deficit before falling to… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis leaves game after taking blow to the head

Associated Press photo by Max Becherer -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis grabs a rebound against Houston Rockets forward Clint Capela in the first half Monday in the Smoothie King Center. Davis was forced to leave the game with a concussion in the second quarter after taking an elbow to the temple from teammate Tyreke Evans.

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was forced to leave the floor when he was elbowed in the temple by Pelicans’ guard Tyreke Evans on a rebound attempt late in the second quarter of Monday night’s game against the Houston Rockets. Davis was pronounced as unable to return due to a concussion and it’s unclear how long he will… Continue reading →