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Rivers Seeing Green

In 2012, New Orleans’ basketball team was celebrating a name change and two premier draft picks. One of the newcomers to the newly minted Pelicans was guard Austin Rivers. Unfortunately, the the party was short lived. After two and a half seasons of frustrating play, the Pelicans are shipping Rivers to Boston as a part of a three way deal according to league sources.

Short-Handed Pelicans Hold off Clippers, 98-96

by Will Winston

Next man up. It’s a common coaching cliché that gets thrown around in sports circles. It’s supposed to instill the principle of unity in team sports. Whether you’re the star player or the last person on the bench, you’re supposed to fill the needed role.

Davis Injured in Pelicans' 108-89 Loss to Mavs

by Will Winston

Coaches like to preach the little things in deciding the outcome of basketball games. Little things can refer to a number of things that aren’t exactly gaudy, but on Wednesday night the game came down to turnovers and free throws. The New Orleans Pelicans set a record they didn’t want to this season: 21 turnovers.

Clippers Surpass Pelicans, 123-110

by Will Winston

A day after knocking off the Western Conference’s best team in Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers did not let down against the Pelicans Monday night. The Clippers, led by former Hornet Chris Paul, scorched the Nola nets for 123 points to best the Pels, 123-110. The loss drops the home team to 23-33 on the season, and was their fourth straight loss.

Spurs Rally, Predictably, for 105-98 Win Over Pelicans

The days when a 12-point lead to begin the fourth quarter against the Spurs inspired optimism and team spirit are gone. Instead, I find mysely skeptical and apathetic as we positioned ourselves to win. Surely the defense will collapse — and do we really want to win anyway? To no one’s surprise, the Spurs scored 38 points in the 4th to rally to a 102-95 win behind Tony Parker’s 32 points & nine assists.

Davis Stars in Pelicans' 2nd Straight Win

by Christopher Louis Romaguera

A few days before the complete All-Star rosters are set to be announced, Anthony Davis added an exclamation point to his resume Sunday with a stellar performance that paced the New Orleans Pelicans to a 100-92 win over the Orlando Magic. Davis had 22 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks, as he seemed to make every highlight play in the game while leading the Pelicans to their second straight win. With the W, the Pelicans improve to 18-25, (10-11 at home) while the Magic drop to 12-33.

Last-Second Shot Lifts Pelicans Over Pistons, 103-101

by Norris Ortolano

In some contests, you have to take what your opponent gives you. For the New Orleans Pelicans last night, an Eric Gordon lay in gave his team a 103-101 lead with 1.2 seconds left on the clock. The Detroit Pistons failed to call one of their two remaining timeouts and inbounded the ball, forcing Brandon Jennings to take very low percentage half court shot that wasn’t even close to going in.

Pelicans Blow Another Lead, Lose to Rockets, 103-100

by Christopher Louis Romaguera

This season wasn’t supposed to be like this. It wasn’t supposed to be Darius Miller hoisting up desperation three-pointers in order to send the game into overtime. It wasn’t supposed to be James Harden making open jumpers to put his team up ahead for good as Austin Rivers is falling backwards. The New Orleans Pelicans weren’t supposed to lose games where Eric Gordon goes off for 30+ and Anthony Davis scores 20+.

Spurs Deal Pelicans Sixth Straight Loss, 101-95

by Mark Seither

The Pelicans fought hard and gave the Spurs everything they could handle on Monday night in the New Orleans Arena, but three costly turnovers in the final minutes proved fatal to their comeback hopes. New Orleans just didn’t have an answer for Tony Parker in the fourth quarter. Parker led all scorers with 27 points and seven rebounds and hit some big layups to hold the Pelicans at bay.


Pelicans' Rally Falls Short, Warriors Win 104-93

by Norris Ortolano

The New Orleans Pelicans again shot poorly in the second of their five-game West Coast road trip and the Golden State Warriors capitalized, evicting the Pels from Oracle Arena with a 104-93 loss. The star of the show was Stephen Curry. The Warriors point guard scored 28 points accompanied by 12 assists and three steals — nearly all of which was acquired in the first three periods. The Warriors entered the fourth quarter nursing a 23-point advantage.

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