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Pelicans waiting to see if Omer Asik can go, but they have a Plan B

Associated Press photo by BILL HABER -- New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik tries to get around Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black during the first half of a preseason game Oct. 14.

DENVER — It’s unclear if the New Orleans Pelicans (6-4) will once again be without starting center Omer Asik Friday night, as he’s listed as “questionable” against the Denver Nuggets (4-7). Asik missed the past two games with a lower back injury. Asik’s stellar man-to-man defense, particularly in the post, is a perfect complement… Continue reading →

It’s all about energy as the Pelicans’ road trip continues at Denver and Utah

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, left, goes up for a shot past Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

When the New Orleans Pelicans began their four-game road trip Monday, power forward Anthony Davis said one of the keys would be whether they are able to play with as much energy as they have at home. Halfway through the trip, the Pelicans (6-4) learned a painful lesson about the importance of ball movement in a loss at… Continue reading →

Omer Asik making difference for improved Pelicans

Associated Press photo by BILL HABER -- New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik tries to get around Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black during the first half of a preseason game Oct. 14.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The addition of Omer Asik up front passes the eye test pretty easily, but it’s when you look at the numbers that you really start to see the difference it’s made for New Orleans. On offense, having him at the No. 5 spot has allowed Anthony Davis to play more minutes at… Continue reading →

The New Orleans Pelicans hope to pick up the slack inside for injured center Omer Asik until he returns

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans center Omer Asik, right, battles Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon for a rebound Tuesday night in their NBA season opener in the Smoothie King Center.

. The addition of Omer Asik up front passes the eye test pretty easily, but it’s when you look at the numbers that you really start to see the difference it’s made for New Orleans. On offense, having him at the 5-spot has allowed Anthony Davis to play more minutes at power forward, and because of… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis powers Pelicans past Kings 106-100

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, center, receives congratulations from teammate Ryan Anderson, right, after scoring late in the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Pelicans won 106-100. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Anthony Davis had 28 points and nine rebound to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings 106-100 on Tuesday on Tuesday night. Ryan Anderson hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Pelicans, who outscored the Kings 31-15 in the third. Tyreke Evans had 18 points, and Eric Gordon… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anderson has fond memories of Kings’ home court

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

SACRAMENTO — With the Kings moving to their new arena at the start of the 2016 season, Ryan Anderson can now count on one hand how many times he’ll get to play in the building that’s provided him so many fond memories growing up. He was born and raised in Sacramento, and being… Continue reading →

Video: The reviews are in, and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is a rising star in the NBA

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) backs in on Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Cleveland. Davis scored 27 points in a 118-111 loss to the Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

A look at some of the things people are saying about New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who is one of the leaders in the NBA in points, rebounds and blocked shots this season. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Trail Blazers rally past Pelicans to overshadow Anthony Davis’ big night

New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca looks to maneuver against the defense of Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. — It was inevitable that New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams would field the question before Monday night’s game against Portland. In a nutshell, how about that matchup between two of the Western Conference’s premier power forwards: your young star, Anthony Davis, and the Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge? Williams would have none… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday excels even as recovery continues

Advocate photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday says, although his numbers suggest he is as strong as he ever, that his full recovery from a stress fracture in his right tibia suffered February, is 'going to take a little more time.'

PORTLAND, Ore. — While his New Orleans teammates were taking shots toward the end of Monday’s shootaround in the Moda Center, Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was being turned into a human pretzel. A team trainer worked Holiday’s legs, twisting them in myriad directions as the 6-foot-4 guard lay on the floor, hours before… Continue reading →

As four-game road trip looms, Pelicans hope to pack their hot shooting

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) hits a basket in the first period while Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (8) defends as they play in the Smoothie King Center  in New Orleans, La. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

When the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves came to town last week, that was a fun time for the New Orleans Pelicans and their fans — with plenty of scoring and highlights in two easy victories. On the heels of that awaits a four-game road swing that has been tough in past seasons. The trip,… Continue reading →

Ryan Anderson opens up on girlfriend’s suicide

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) drives down court defended by Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng (5)  as they play during the second quarter in the Smoothie King Center  in New Orleans, La. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

When training camp began, New Orleans Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson had a more noticeable bounce in his step than usual. An outgoing type, he joked even more, was more forthcoming with his comments and smiled a lot more. Clearly, Anderson, the team’s 3-point shooting ace, was happy, which could be attributed to his being… Continue reading →

Pelicans rewrite their record book in 139-91 blowout of Minnesota

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (25) and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Corey Brewer (13) scramble for a loose ball in the second quarter as they play in the Smoothie King Center  in New Orleans, La. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

Anthony Davis was told that the New Orleans Pelicans missed consecutive shots only three times in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, and that they didn’t miss three in a row. “I’ve never heard of that,” Davis replied. “I don’t know what to say.” Davis and the Pelicans did all their talking on… Continue reading →

Lewis: There’s plenty to like about these Pelicans in the early going

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Pelicans coach Monty Williams talks to guard Austin Rivers (25), forward Tyreke Evans (1) and center Alexis Ajinca (42) during a timeout as they play the Los Angeles Lakers at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

Who would have thought that, at this stage of the season, the Saints would have a losing record and the Pelicans a winning one — with one of their victories coming against the defending NBA champions on their home court? Well, certainly few would have believed the former. But as for the latter, the Pelicans are… Continue reading →

Pelicans vs. Timberwolves: a stage for centers Omer Asik, Nikola Pekovic

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik makes a shot against Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and forward Tobias Harris in an Oct. 28 game in the Smoothie King Center.

That the New Orleans Pelicans scored 60 points in the lane against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night was an interesting development. For next up on the schedule are the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-5), whose victories against New Orleans the previous two seasons often were marked by their success scoring near the basket, with rugged center Nikola Pekovic the… Continue reading →

SI details how New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson tries to move on from suicide of girlfriend Gia Allemand

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, left, defends New Orleans Pelicans' Ryan Anderson in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The Nov. 17 edition of Sports Illustrated has a story on New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson adjusting to life after the suicide of his girlfriend, actress, model and reality television star Gia Allemand. Here is the story on Si.com.Continue reading →

Pelicans ease past listless Lakers despite Kobe Bryant’s 33 points

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (25) fouls Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) at mid court  as they play at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on in the background.

Early on, Kobe Bryant appeared to be set for another game of tormenting New Orleans’ NBA franchise. However, the Pelicans turned back Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night at Smoothie King Center with a parade into the lane. Scoring 60 points in the lane, the Pelicans built a 23-point lead before weathering a… Continue reading →

Video: Pelicans coach Monty Williams says team did a good job of forcing Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to take tough shots on Wednesday

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.

Los Angels Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 33 points in the team's 109-102 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday, but he only made 10 of 28 shots from the field. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Anthony Davis said the Pelicans did a good job of sharing the ball in win against Lakers

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, vies for a rebound against Los Angeles Lakers forward Carlos Boozer, right, and center Jordan Hill during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Pelicans outscored the Lakers 60-34 in points in the paint, and Pelicans forward Anthony Davis said that was the difference for the team in its 109-102 win on Wednesday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Kobe Bryant says Lakers' losing is frustrating, but you have to stick to the process

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts on the bench in the final minute of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. The Pelicans won 109-102. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Los Angeles Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant scored 33 points with five assists and four rebounds, but the Pelicans won the game in the Smoothie King Center 109-102 on Wednesday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Bryant admired for love of the game

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after he was called for traveling during the second half of an NBA basketball game Phoenix Suns, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Suns won 112-106. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Austin Rivers grew up in the NBA. So it’s not likely the Pelicans guard, who is the son of former player and now coach Doc Rivers, would have been star-struck or anything like that when he entered the league two years ago. But the first time the Hornets — now Pelicans — were playing the… Continue reading →

Pelicans to work on defense, turnovers against Lakers

Associated Press photo by Mark Duncan -- Pelicans guard  Eric Gordon guards the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving on Monday night in Cleveland. Coach Monty Williams said defense is at the top of his list of areas he wants the Pelicans to improve.

With the New Orleans Pelicans having returned from their brief road excursion, coach Monty Williams ticked off the areas in which he’d like to see improvement. Heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center, Williams had defense at the top of the list after the Pelicans were shredded… Continue reading →

Report: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis continues to show greatness three weeks into the season

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) backs in on Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Cleveland. Davis scored 27 points in a 118-111 loss to the Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Shaun Powell of nba.com writes a story with a headline that asks: "As Davis breaks out, will be wins follow in New Orleans." Powell notes that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis already has established himself as one of the best players in the NBA and is on a career upswing pointed towards greatness, but the question is can he… Continue reading →

LeBron’s triple-double dooms Pelicans to 118-111 loss

Associated Press photo by Mark Duncan -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James  drives on Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans on Monday in Cleveland. James had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Cavaliers'  XXX-XXX win.

CLEVELAND — The New Orleans Pelicans came extremely close to beating two teams that could meet in the NBA Finals in back-to-back games. Unfortunately, their euphoric feeling fell short Monday in a 118-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers before 20,562 at Quicken Loans Arena. Pelicans coach Monty Williams said he realizes just… Continue reading →

Jrue Holiday and Kyrie Irving square off as Pelicans visit LeBron James’ Cavaliers on Monday

Advocate photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday says, although his numbers suggest he is as strong as he ever, that his full recovery from a stress fracture in his right tibia suffered February, is 'going to take a little more time.'

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving is one of the top young point guards in the NBA, but he may want to take a page out of Jrue Holiday’s book. Both play with small forwards who drive well to the basket. But while Irving and four-time league MVP LeBron James recently had words in the… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis’ late basket gives the Pelicans a 100-99 win over the Spurs

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, right, steals the ball from San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw of France in the first half of their NBA basketball game in San Antonio on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani)

SAN ANTONIO — New Orleans guard Tyreke Evans turned and looked at the crowd in the AT&T Center, slowly retreating to the Pelicans bench like he had just won a shootout in the Old West. Evans had just made a 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter, drawing a groan and then silence from a crowd… Continue reading →

Davis: Too early for ‘MVP’ talk

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) cheers his teammates in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. The Pelicans won 100-91. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)

When New Orleans Pelicans fans began doing it last season, it was kind of cute, their showing more love for power forward Anthony Davis than actually boasting that this city has the best player in the NBA. The “MVP” chants then, understandably, were somewhat faint. However, if the most recent home game — Tuesday against the Charlotte… Continue reading →

Still seeking a bench boost, Pelicans visit San Antonio, ‘a classic bench team’

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (25) drives past Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (left) during the first half in the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

The New Orleans Pelicans headed to San Antonio on Friday feeling good about two of their staples of winning basketball: playing defense and sharing the ball. But on Saturday night, they face the defending champion Spurs. New Orleans is 1-11 against San Antonio in the past three seasons, including a 4-0 sweep last year. “I don’t think I’ve… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Tyreke Evans will test his hot start against Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs and LeBron James of the Cavaliers

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR -- The Pelicans' Tyreke Evans (1) navigates the paint between the Mavericks' Chandler Parsons (25) and Dirk Nowitzki (41) in the first half in the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

After practice Thursday, Tyreke Evans was at it again, working on his game — and, more specifically, his shot. This time, it was the stepback jump shot. It’s a move he has used, but with the New Orleans Pelicans’ upcoming games, one he felt needed sharpening. Dribbling the ball between his legs while stepping backward… Continue reading →

Pelicans offense showing positive signs

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) drives past Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. The Pelicans won 100-91. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)

For the New Orleans Pelicans, there was a lot to like about Tuesday’s victory against the Charlotte Hornets at the Smoothie King Center. For one, the Pelicans (2-2) don’t have to go into Saturday’s game against defending champion San Antonio with a three-game losing streak having over them, with a game Monday at Cleveland, which is expected… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis, Pelicans hammer Hornets

 New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) is guarded closely by Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)

Playing at home in the second game of a back-to-back, the New Orleans Pelicans were determined Tuesday night at Smoothie Kng Center. With Anthony Davis leading the way with 24 points and 13 rebounds, New Orleans bounced back from its loss in Memphis with a 100-91 victory against Charlotte. It was the first game between… Continue reading →