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@Come On Pelican

And If I had the chance
I'd take her back
As a matter a fact

19 hours, 55 minutes ago on Pelicans Waive Guard Gal Mekel

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@NOEngineer

Salmons either had a subpar game or isn't worth the minutes.  Jimmer is nearly there.  Agree with everything else.  Further, during the last 4 games, three without a key starter, we have gotten good to excellent play from AD, Jrue, Tyreke, Ryno, Asik, Cunningham, Babbitt, and Rivers.  That's a nice core if we can keep them and add a 3 and D SF.  (We have also gotten solid play from Ajinca, Withey, and Mekel.)  It has been a fun stretch as a Pelican fan.

1 day, 2 hours ago on Pelicans take Rockets

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@xman20002000 @504ever But you didn't answer the question.  We can't keep everyone!

2 days, 17 hours ago on Pelicans storm back on Jazz

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Ok, using this list in this order tell me who is the first player who is not essencial to this team: AD, Jrue, Tyreke, Asik, Ryno, Gordon, Rivers, Cunningham, and Babbitt

I say it is Gordon and, given his salary, it's an even easily the decision based on value. Cunningham and Babbitt are on minimum deals, and Rivers is currently overpaid to fairly paid in this year of his Rookie deal. Gordon has a contract thru 2015-16 at $15M/year. He will be gone by then.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Pelicans storm back on Jazz

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What do you suggest the Pelicans do differently with AD out and against the best team in the league, and why do you think it will work?

It's easy to complain after the fact.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Pelicans Lose Heartbreaker in OT

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AD is out and the rest of the roster looks good so far tonight, especially the Jrue and Tyreke. 82-81 now!

5 days, 14 hours ago on Game On: Warriors @ Pelicans

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Where are all the naysayers about the non-AD part of our roster?

1 week ago on Observations: Pelicans Win At Home Against Cleveland

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@champsworld504 @504ever @Come On Pelican

Let's evaluate than at the end of the season.  His is coming off neck surgery and the suicide of his girlfriend.  

1 week, 1 day ago on Pelicans Lose a Close One in Dallas

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@Come On Pelican

Anderson is a longer term piece, under contract until end of 2015-16 season and may be resigned.  So we need to let him play through this slump.  And don't forget he had been great within 15 feet.

1 week, 1 day ago on Pelicans Lose a Close One in Dallas

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@CoReMeGa

The only ways Gordon & Tyreke equal Joe Johnson are ways we don't want them to: years in the NBA and salary.  Why would we trade away injury risk Gordon and his $15M salary for a past his prime, aging, Joe Johnson and his $25M salary?  We wouldn't!  And we certainly would lose critical piece Tyreke to do it.

1 week, 2 days ago on Game On: Pelicans @ Mavericks

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@ryanschwan @504ever Sounds great. I thought Cunningham's D and slam last game were great.  Then he hit two long twos.  Glad to see his D shine again.  He looks like a keeper. Thanks!

1 week, 2 days ago on Observations: Knicks @ Pelicans

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Didn't see the game.  Did see Cunningham played much more than Babbitt, not that I mind.  (I like them both but see they have nearly polar opposite skill sets.)  Was a reason given why?

1 week, 3 days ago on Observations: Knicks @ Pelicans

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Really like Cunningham and Ajinca tonight, and Mekel early in the night.  Cunningham's defense was what really stood out for me along with his dunk.  I was sold.  Then he whips out the outside shot and hits two back to back.  That's even better. 

This is starting to look like a promising group of players (in this order): Davis, Holiday, Asik (looking better as we move away from the back spams) , Anderson, Evans, Gordon (when healthy), Babbitt, Cunningham, Ajinca, Mekel, and Rivers.  (Withey and Jimmer are just human victory cigars at this point.)

1 week, 5 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers: Open Thread

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Key to the game? Luke Babbitt's offense?

1 week, 5 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers: Open Thread

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Oh gee, same problem as last game: 3 point shooting.  Opposing team's (starting) PG, SG, and SF 3 point shooting versus our team's (starting) PG, SG, and SF 3 point shooting (except Babbitt tonight) is the difference in the game.  At least Mekel, Cunningham, and Ajinca have positive +/- numbers in a 20 point loss.

1 week, 6 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Clippers Open Thread

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Because rookie Russ isn't ready yet, you are ready to give up on Dell and Monte? Thats crazy!

1 week, 6 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans Fill Final Roster Spot with PG Gal Mekel

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And neither do all the NBA coaches and GMs who passed on him or didn't/don't playing him?

1 week, 6 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans Fill Final Roster Spot with PG Gal Mekel

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What did this game drive home for me?  The value of 3 point shooting in the NBA and the Pelicans weakness there.  To be more specific, the value of 3 point shooting in the NBA from (starting especially) PGs, SGs, and SFs and the Pelican's weakness there.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Pelicans @ Warriors: Observations

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@xman20002000 @PelicanSaints

Who wouldn't want Roberts now?  He is significantly outperforming Rivers (and of course Jimmer) in every significant measurable quality, including shooting percentage, assist/turnover ratio, and the offensively weighted PER.  He can give us what we can't get from other backups at any position, a boost on offensive.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Observations on Thunder @ Pelicans

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There were a lot of player positives.  I thought we had outstanding play from 4 guys (Davis, Holiday, Evans, & Anderson, three of whom had double doubles) and, except for shooting, outstanding play from Asik.   I was (very) happy with Babbitt's play, which I thought was better than just his stat line.  (I expect Babbitt to start again.)  Ajinca's and Salmons's play was acceptable.  Overall we were a very efficient scoring team, 1.27 points/shot, something we haven't been able to say for a while.

The negatives were Rivers and Jimmer stinking, and team FT shooting.  If we make a reasonable number of FTs, this game is over earlier and our starters rest at the end.  That would have been nice

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Observations on Thunder @ Pelicans

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@6thMan

One spot is supposedly for Dante Cunningham, who is about to be reinstated by the NBA.  So no team has his rights and there is no trade.  Maybe the Pelicans are signing a D League player or a European player with the other spot.  If so, no trade is involved there either.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans Waive Miller, Young

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@wthomas178

I expect Russ to start before Jimmer.   Jimmer is one dimensional and has had difficulty with his one NBA skill, shooting.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans Lose Close Game to Washington Wizards

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The Pelicans rallied in the 4th quarter on 3 straight 3 pointers, started by Salmons improbable bank shot and featuring Babbitt and Anderson.  It completely opened up the game.  We need more of that from Rivers, Babbitt, and Anderson.

This is the second game in a row where the opponent had trouble scoring.  We needed to score a reasonable number of points to win each and didn't.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans Lose Close Game to Washington Wizards

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I think we need to revive the old Saturday Night Live nickname:  the "Not Ready for Primetime Players".  That describes everyone who played tonight but Davis, Holiday, Evan, Anderson, & Asik.  It's who we have in our 2nd unit, the "Not Ready for Primetime Players"!

Editorial comments on Rivers:  He, more than any one player, lost the game in the 1st half.  He couldn't shoot, or guard a Guard.  He was awful.

3 weeks ago on Post-game observations on Pelicans @ Hawks

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@EricHargrove @504ever

I lost you at 'little progress in 4 years'.  The team has been entirely retooled, and we are on pace for a significant increase in wins this year over last year and in the playoff hunt.

And you base your '100% certainty about Monty as a below average coach' on the negative articles about Monty?  (My favorite is the a guy that says Monty has an average IQ.  Has he ever talked to Monty?  Know he graduated from Notre Dame?)

If you thinks Monty is so bad.  Please back it up with your own arguments!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Observations on Kings v Pelicans

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@HawnitsFanatic

Completely disagree.  The difference in the game was shooting, from 2 (48% to 41%), from 3 (36% to 17.5%), and from 1 (83% to 69%).  Did Monty's offensive play calling affect both teams' free throw shooting, too?  How about the Pelicans' defense?  No and no.  The Kings got hot (it happens) and we are adjusting to an injury (give it some time).  

Oh, and have some realistic expectations for our team.  We are 5-5 in conference which is amazing.  Phoenix, which has two more wins than us, also has two more games against the (L)Eastern Conference.  That's not a coincidence.  Games against quality Western Conference teams will be tough wins the entire year.  You going to fault Monty after every loss to a quality Western Conference team?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Observations on Kings v Pelicans

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OOPS.  Now that I have my glasses on I see that it was shown. Damn.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Pelicans Scoop: Eric Gordon Injury Impact

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Hoop hype showed this as his final year. No?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Pelicans Scoop: Eric Gordon Injury Impact

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For Question #5: 

How about Jared Dudley, who is now coming off the bench for the Bucks since Khris Middleton became a starter a week ago?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Pelicans Scoop: Eric Gordon Injury Impact

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@Jimmy Lee Dobbs

How would that work?  $2.5M in annual salary, prorated for the rest of the year, and a roster spot to sign a player?

3 weeks, 4 days ago on In the NO Podcast Ep 195: No Gordon, No Asik, No Problem?

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Big Picture Questions Raised on the road trip:

Last night two players in double figures but four scored 8 or 9, including Withey.  Is Withey's play last night significant? Is the lack of double figure scoring significant?

Ajinca averaged 7.5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, and 3 fouls and 20 minutes in four games starting.  Happy?  Sad?

If Gordon misses some time, will Rivers start and could that the beginning of Gordon coming off of the bench (where I feel he belongs)?

We went 2-2 without Asik on a road trip I was hoping to go 2-2 on with Asik?  How does that balance out the possibility Asik played too much ball this summer and maybe out for some significant time this season?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Pelicans get the Win, and AD gets a new Career High

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@lottoni81

If Babbitt was the only one, I would agree.  It's a much larger problem.  Imaging Babbitt being the 11th man off of our bench only playing on some nights with a defined role: shoot the 3 and play D, especially in a zone like last night.  That would be fine

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Pelicans at Nuggets Open Thread

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@Michael McNamara @504ever

Sam Amick used "unprecedented" on his AD article in USA Today!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Anthony Davis: Destroyer of the Basketball-Reference Play Index

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Can we say AD's start of the season has been historic or unprecedented?  

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Anthony Davis: Destroyer of the Basketball-Reference Play Index

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@ChristopherRomaguera @504ever

Let's watch this.  (My belief is Monty knows he needs 9 guys he can count on during the season, and Babbitt is one of those guys cause Babbitt can score 3 but only give up 2. That's winning math.)

1 month ago on Moleskin Moments: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings 11.18

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What a difference a day makes.  Monty clearly trusts 9 guy, Asik plus the 8 who played 19+ minutes last night.  Tonight the 8 responded better and Monty could keep minutes lower than last night for all 5 iron men but Davis (Yeah!) and Gordon (who played well, Yeah!)  All of the above combine for a win.  I'll take it.

1 month ago on Moleskin Moments: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings 11.18

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I chalk the negativity up to expectations of the Pelicans going 3-1 on this road trip.  I was always hoping for 2-2.  Portland is a good team.  When I heard Batum was out I got excited for a few minutes until I heard Asik was out.  I believe Asik playing would have made a big difference, especially on Kaman.  

Also, everything I saw tonight reaffirmed the following for me.  I believe we need a cheap upgrade at SF this year, and I don't believe our current bench is strong enough to get us to the playoffs this year.  

Evans, Holiday and Davis playing 38 and 39 minutes, and Anderson and Gordon playing 35 and 36 minutes is not ideal, especially in the first game of a back-to-back.  I think that is why we played so poorly in the 4th quarter, fatigue.  But what choice did Monty have?  We have so few quality NBA players, when one is injured there isn't someone new to pick up the slack

1 month ago on Observations: Pelicans @ Blazers

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@callmened  So is San Antonio a bad team?

1 month ago on Observations: Pelicans @ Blazers

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So, given his 3 point shooting, is Tyreke the starter who the Pelicans offense score most efficiently?  AD? Asik?  Drew?  And if so by how much?

1 month ago on Stats v 1.0: The Starting Five

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@NOEngineer

I am all for having the focus be on signing Asik to a long term deal this off season.  But we can add a short term, or possibly longer term, SF piece for a buyout of say Miller if we go with Michael's Overseas or Buyout Candidate route.  That addition of a SF piece will have no effect on the Asik situation.

This west coast road trip will be a good test for the Pelicans with two back-to-backs.  I believe we are not a playoff team this year in the loaded Western Conference, especially when our Division is the hardest in the NBA and we play those teams four times each.  I think we have to have one more good (SF) piece even if we have great injury luck, which god knows we are due, to make the playoff this year.

1 month ago on In Search of an Eighth Man for the New Orleans Pelicans

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Love this piece.  We desperately need a short term solution at SF and the guys we have aren't it.  I believe our making the playoffs this year hinges on how quickly Dell can get a guy of the quality you mention in this article.  My personal opinion is it has to happen in December, or possibly early January to solidify the Pelicans making the playoffs this year.  If nothing else happens earlier, I am hoping Dell get a Euro guy before Christmas.  That is the same timing he had with Ajinca last year.

1 month ago on In Search of an Eighth Man for the New Orleans Pelicans

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How about these two different small sample size effects with Tyreke?  

Take away the Cleveland game and Tyreke's FG percentage goes from 40.5% to 43.5% for the 7 games in November.  Why?  With so few games played to spread a bad game (2-12) FG shooting across, one bad game weighs down his average due to a small sample size.

On the other hand, there is Tyreke's shooting from 3 point land so far for the year.  He has shot 50% or better in every game but two, the Cleveland game and the Orlando game.  In each of those two games, however, he only went 0-1 from 3 point land.  That's not really much of a "bad game".  So, with a small sample size, Tyreke's 3 point shooting for the year has been very consistent and it looks very good.

1 month ago on Tyreke Evans and Small Sample Sizes

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A day later, the most interesting thing to me is the SF rotation.  Might this mean Salmons gets minutes only when Babbitt (and Miller) can't match up?  Or was it a case of the Pelicans being up so much that backup SF minutes went to guys who have been out for a while?  Stay tuned.

Next most interesting?  

Look at Pelicans players' PER #s.  3 players (Davis, Holiday, and Anderson) in the top 40 in PER and 4 above a 20 PER with the lowest, Asik, being #53.  This ranking may be low; 7 other players in the top 50 PER are averaging fewer than 20 minutes so they primarily earn their PER against backups. (Anderson plays starters minutes, averaging 25/game, and plays a lot against starters, so his PER number has more legitimacy to me.)  Evans is at #110 with a 17 PER and Rivers, of the horrible first season PER, has a PER of 16 and comes in at #128.  Based on current PER, and the eye test, we have 6 good rotational players.

Next highest PER among Pelican rotational players?  Babbitt (8.6), Ajinca (7.0),  Gordon (5.5) and Jimmer (2.8).  (Salmons and Miller still have negative PERS!)  I still like Ajinca and Babbitt as good value roster players longer term, and want to experiment with Gordon coming off of the bench.

1 month ago on New Orleans Pelicans Set Records Against the Timberwolves

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A day later, the most interesting thing to me is the SF rotation.  Might this mean Salmons gets minutes only when Babbitt (and Miller) can't match up?  Or was it a case of the Pelicans being up so much that SF minutes went to guys who have been out for a while?  Stay tuned.

1 month ago on New Orleans Pelicans Set Records Against the Timberwolves

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Sadly, this game basically came down to our bench being outscored by their refs.

1 month, 1 week ago on New Orleans Pelicans @ Cleveland Cavaliers: Open Thread

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Very happy with the win and guts Pelicans showed.  Pelicans didn't back down

Slightly concerned by our high number of 4th Quarter turnovers when San Antonio turned up defensive pressure with double teams on the ball, and our huge rebounding disadvantage.  Obviously our steals and overall turnover advantage helped counteract that.

"Just win, baby"

1 month, 1 week ago on Anthony Davis Gets the Pelicans Over the Hump in San Antonio

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Love the analysis; it's four games in and we have a huge Gordon problem.  

Where I disagree is Gordon's position as a starter being so firm in Monty's mind or anyone else's, and that Gordon can become a efficient scorer. I believe Gordon is a volume scorer not an efficient scorer, and I have seen no evidence of efficient scoring from Gordon.  This season, Gordon has been the most inefficient scorer out of all starters in the NBA!!!  This is another reason why Gordon has to go to the 2nd team.

The best way to get Gordon more touches is to play him with the second team.  On that 2nd team, Anderson is a shooter, spot up or off the dribble, and Gordon is a spot up shooter or driver.  Ajinca, when we reduces his fouling, will be a mid range shooter, rebounder, and finisher of lob passes.  Rivers, when he plays with them has an offensive role similar to Gordon's.  Jimmer, when he plays, is more of a spot up shooter.  (The SF spot is still in flux with that group as it is with the starters.)

Playing Gordon with the 2nd team also lessens the pressure on his meager defensive ability.  That is a huge positive for the team and leaves Gordon with more energy for offense.

I believe it's just a question of time before the 'Gordon to the 2nd team' experiment happens.

1 month, 1 week ago on The New Normal For Eric Gordon

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@malcolmltron

I don't think that is fair.  As Head Coach, everything you say to and do with a player is magnified by that player.  So you have to be very careful how you do things as set them up a long way out.  That way the player understands the move and "buys in" to the change.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans Top Charlotte Hornets, Eric Gordon Bottoming Out

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Gordon has to have set the record for a starter playing the most minutes, 160, to start the season and still having a negative # PER.  That's right, his PER has a negative sign (-) in front of it! He is supposed to be an offensive player and PER best reflects offense. 

It's hard to see him continuing to start much longer.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans Top Charlotte Hornets, Eric Gordon Bottoming Out

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@Pelican Poster @Michael McNamara @504ever

Agree, that's why I say "once he controls his fouls".  Believe it or not, that will happen.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Charlotte Hornets @ New Orleans Pelicans Open Thread

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