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Pelicans frustrated after heart-breaking loss to Rockets

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams talks with an official during a break in the action with the Toronto Raptors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Mondayy, February 23, 2015.

Pelicans coach Monty Williams has said he’s spent much of this season managing his players’ emotions. However, Williams said he didn’t have to draw from that experience much after the Pelicans’ playoff hopes were dampened in Wednesday night’s heart-wrenching loss to the Houston Rockets. MVP candidate James Harden shredded the Pelicans with 25 points and 10 assists as… Continue reading →

Pelicans blow big early lead, lose at home to Rockets 95-93

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) collide and a foul is called on Harden in the first quarter as the Pelicans host the Rockets at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015.

It was a game the New Orleans Pelicans had to have against a team they’d beaten both times they’d played this season. However, the bewildered Pelicans were beaten by the Houston Rockets 95-93 on Wednesday at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans trailed by 11 points midway of the quarter only to battle back. With 1.7… Continue reading →

Tony Parker and the Spurs rip the Thunder

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, right, and forward Boris Diaw talk during the second half of the Spurs' NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 130-91. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker had 21 points and six assists, and the San Antonio Spurs stopped Oklahoma City’s four-game winning streak with a runaway 130-91 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night. Boris Diaw scored 19 points and Tim Duncan had 16 for San Antonio (44-26), which has won 11 of 13. Kawhi Leonard… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Eric Gordon says Houston’s James Harden should be NBA’s Most Valuable Player

New Orleans Pelicans' Eric Gordon (10) looks to the bench during the final seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Phoenix. The Suns won 74-72. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The way New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon sees it, Houston Rockets guard James Harden is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for this season. More valuable than Seth Curry, who has led the Golden State Warriors to the best record in the league. More valuable than Russell Westbrook, who as a triple-double machine of late has kept… Continue reading →

Pelicans re-sign guard Toney Douglas

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Indiana Pacers guard C.J. Watson (32) takes a tumble while trying to work the ball around New Orleans Pelicans guard Toney Douglas (16) during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans Saturday, February 11,

. Pelicans re-signed free-agent guard Toney Douglas on Tuesday. Douglas, a 6-foot-2 guard, appeared in three games for New Orleans, averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 22.0 minutes per game while signed to two 10-day contracts with the team. Douglas was originally drafted 29th overall out of Florida State… Continue reading →

Pelicans keep practice short

Associated Press file photo by Adam Hunger -- Injuries to several players, including center Omer Asik, have hit the Pelicans hard as they enter the final 12-game stretch hoping to earn a playoff spot.

On Monday, the New Orleans Pelicans did player development work, with some getting treatment for injuries. Make no mistake about it, though, the day was more about the mind, with practice being very short. It was one of those smell-the-gym days just to reaffirm to the Pelicans (37-33) that they were home after an… Continue reading →

Eric Gordon doesn’t start after missing team meeting

Associated Press photo by Jae C. HongNew Orleans' Eric Gordon, center, drives between the Clippers' Blake Griffin and an unidentified defender during Sunday's game in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Guard Eric Gordon was not in the New Orleans Pelicans’ starting lineup Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Clippers because he missed a team meeting. “We have team policy,” coach Monty Williams said. “It’s an internal matter. I’m not going to make a big deal out of it.”… Continue reading →

Injuries come at inopportune time for Pelicans

Associated Press photo by Matt York -- Pelicans forward'center Anthony Davis watches from the bench as he deals with a left ankle sprain during Thursday's 74-72 loss to the Suns in Phoenix.

Anthony Davis’ left ankle sprain came at a time that is unfortunate for the New Orleans Pelicans, as he will have missed all three games of the most important road trip of the season. The Pelicans reported that Davis sprained the ankle during shoot-around practice in preparation for Thursday night’s game against… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Tyreke Evans struggles with ankle injury against Golden State, ‘to see how it feels’ Sunday for Clippers game

Associated Press photo by MARCIO JOSE SANCHES -- The Pelicans' Tyreke Evans defends Golden State's Harrison Barnes on Friday night. Evans battled through an ankle injury during the game.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans started Friday as a gametime decision, and that may be the case on Sunday as well. Evans gutted it out and started Friday’s game with New Orleans in the hunt for a playoff spot, playing just 14 minutes while only scoring two points, to go along with… Continue reading →

Short-handed Pelicans take 112-96 loss at Golden State

Associated Press photo by MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ --- Pelicans forward/guard Quincy Pondexter shoots over Golden State's Andre Iguodala on Friday in Oakland, Calif. Poindexter scored 15 points in the Pelicans' 112-96 loss.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Harrison Barnes sure is making it easy for Golden State to deal with Klay Thompson’s injured right ankle. While the Warriors’ second-leading scorer rested for a second straight game, Barnes kept the NBA’s highest-scoring offense going. Barnes had 22 points, Stephen Curry overcame a subpar shooting performance to score 16 points… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis ruled out for second straight game, Omer Asik also out

Associated Press photo by Matt York -- Pelicans forward'center Anthony Davis watches from the bench as he deals with a left ankle sprain during Thursday's 74-72 loss to the Suns in Phoenix.

OAKLAND — The injuries continue to pile up for the New Orleans Pelicans who head into Friday’s game just one game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for the last spot of the Western Conference playoffs. Already missing All-Star big man Anthony Davis for the second straight game because of a rolled ankle,… Continue reading →

Pelicans race for the playoffs takes an unexpected turn - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant will remain out indefinitely with right foot pain

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, left, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) watch the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 119-115. (AP Phot ORG XMIT: TXDAM212

. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — There is more bad news for Thunder star and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant. General manager Sam Presti says Durant still has pain in his right foot and will remain out indefinitely. Durant will see specialists to determine the next step. Earlier this month, coach Scott Brooks said Durant could… Continue reading →

Pelicans lose without star forward Anthony Davis 74-72 at Suns

New Orleans Pelicans' Tyreke Evans (1) shoots over Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — A bad start to the day. A disappointing finish, and it was off to Oakland for the Pelicans. Thursday began with superstar Anthony Davis rolling his left ankle at the team’s morning shoot-around and being unable to play Thursday night. It continued later Thursday with center Omer Asik coming out of the game in the… Continue reading →

Pelicans rule out Anthony Davis (sprained ankle) for Thursday's game at Phoenix

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after falling hard to the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Tuesday, March. 17, 2015, in New Orleans. Davis would return to finish the game. The Pelicans won 85-84. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

PHOENIX — The New Orleans Pelicans’ three-game road swing started on a rough note as forward Anthony Davis rolled his left ankle early in the team’s morning shoot-around, hours before the start of Thursday night’s game at the Phoenix Suns.
The Pelicans later ruled Davis out of Thursday’s game with a sprained left ankle, the first of three straight against Western… Continue reading →

Omer Asik giving Pelicans boost on both ends of court

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Memphis Grizzlies forward Tony Allen (9) gets his shot blocked by New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) in the fourth quarter during the Pelicans 95-89 come from behind win at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, March 7, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik has gotten by with a little help from his friends of late, and he has returned the favor. Continued offensive contributions by Asik likely would be a big plus as the Pelicans (37-30) head into a difficult and important three-game road trip that begins Thursday at the Phoenix Suns (35-33). On Friday,… Continue reading →

Pelicans have narrow escape against Bucks

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and center John Henson (31) try to block New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis's (23) shot during the first half of the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015.

The New Orleans Pelicans blew several leads on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. Fortunately for them, they didn’t at the game’s end. Getting a pick on Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, Milwaukee forward Ersan Ilyasova missed a wide open 3-point attempt at the buzzer, and New Orleans escaped with an 85-84 win at the Smoothie King… Continue reading →

Lewis: Pelicans have much to consider in playoff push

Tag, OKC. You’re it. Tuesday’s hold-your-breath 85-84 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks again pulled the Pelicans even with the Thunder (and don’t forget the all-important tie-breaker) in one of the stranger but more-intriguing playoff races you’ll see. Consider: The teams met for the last time this season on Feb. 6 when Anthony Davis’… Continue reading →

Eric Gordon’s shooting, assists help Pelicans to recent surge

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been consistently strong lately both in scoring and with assists, helping lead the Pelicans' recent surge.

Shooting guard Eric Gordon’s consistency has been one of the reasons the New Orleans Pelicans have been winning of late. Since Feb. 21, when Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson both were injured, Gordon has scored in double figures in 10 of 12 games. He has continued a streak of 3-point shooting that has him second… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Anthony Davis in rare company

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) scores as Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson (7) attempts to block his shot during the first half of the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets NBA game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Sunday, Mar. 15, 2015.

Anthony Davis has the ability to make historic look routine. The Pelicans’ All-Star forward produced a statistical line never seen in modern NBA history on Sunday night. Davis became the first player in the league since at least 1985-86 to record at least 36 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and nine blocks in a single… Continue reading →

Nuggets top Pelicans in double overtime despite Anthony Davis’ monster night

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) breezes by Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic (23) during the first half of the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets NBA game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Sunday, Mar. 15, 2015.

The New Orleans Pelicans already knew that making the Western Conference playoffs would not be easy. They learned that first-hand in a 118-111 double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center. The loss, coming despite a spectacular performance from star forward Anthony Davis, dropped the Pelicans (36-30) a game behind the Oklahoma City… Continue reading →

Pelicans focusing on final playoff push

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams gestures as he talks to his team in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in New Orleans, Friday, March 6, 2015. The Celtics defeated the Pelicans 104-98. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

The past four days have been one of rest, preparation and reaffirming as the New Orleans Pelicans head into their final stretch of the season with a playoff berth dangling in front of them. For the Pelicans (36-29), tied with Oklahoma City for the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot, there are 17 games and exactly… Continue reading →

Pelicans focus on getting better

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) and New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42) fight for a loose ball during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Coach Monty Williams and the New Orleans Pelicans, fresh off two road wins that have them on a three-game winning streak, didn’t want to talk Thursday about being in the eighth playoff spot or the battles ahead. They were back home, and the schedule was affording them four days before their next game on Sunday vs.… Continue reading →

Notebook: Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans tests ankle, likely to play

New Orleans Pelicans' Tyreke Evans holds his ankle during an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Monday, March 9, 2015, in Milwaukee. The Pelicans won 114-103. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans practiced Saturday, which means he likely will play Sunday against the Denver Nuggets at Smoothie King Center. Evans sprained his left ankle after driving into the lane during Monday’s game at Milwaukee and landing on the foot of Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova. Coach Monty Williams said they’ll wait until… Continue reading →

Pelicans soaring on the road

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) looks to pass over Brooklyn Nets' Markel Brown (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

All-Star power forward Anthony Davis said the road would be a good place for the New Orleans Pelicans. The way Davis saw it, the Pelicans were not quite there with their cohesiveness and the way they played off each other after he returned from injury, even though they made a giant step during the second half of… Continue reading →