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The Cavs have spent the #4, #4, and #1 picks in respective drafts on Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, and Anthony Bennett.....Yuck.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Breaking the Cycle
Please play more lineups w/ Aminu at the 4. He kills us offensively as a 3 but as a 4 he's fine. I'd much rather have him playing the 4 than Amundson or Stiemsma.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Pelicans Rally, Beat Cavaliers
@kwilly15bb definitely one game vs. a crap team. It wasn't the result, it was the way they played. Getting to the rim and finishing, spacing the floor, actually TAKING 3 point shots, running off of missed shots and blocks offensively. Defensively the switches were crisp, the rotations were strong and correct, people were in the right spots, opponents weren't getting wide open looks. If they would have played how they did vs. the Jazz, and won by 40, I wouldn't be any more encouraged. Baby steps.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Small Sample Size Theater
Best thing Ryan Anderson does on defense is he is a SMART defender. All of his rotations were correct, all of his closeouts were strong. He may not be a good man to man defender, but as a team defender he is what we needed.
This team still needs one more big. If any of our three bigs goes down, the drop off is DRAMATIC. I really wish he would play Aminu as our 4th big in small ball lineups more often and put Amundson in only if we are playing against a team with a big bruiser down low.
Great win. That is all.
At this point, our defense is so bad I would actually consider Asik and Jones/Montejuinus for Anderson. I just don't see it getting any better without another defensive big.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Pelicans can’t defend anyone, fall to Jazz
That was pathetic. Why the hell is Jason Smith showing on a high pick n roll higher than the damn pick guy???? What the hell! Go under the pick and get back! That's fundamental basketball. Easy stuff. Go under, show, and get back. Instead both guys show over the pick and the guy is rim running free and easy to the damn goal. And stop cheating off your guy at the 3 point line. Just guard your guy, especially when the play is nowhere near you. You can't help! So bad. So so bad. I'm just so pissed that my ticket rep duped me into season tickets. I should have known better.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Pelicans can’t defend anyone, fall to Jazz
RA w/ the 2nd unit will obviously help the spacing, but I think Rivers needs to play more than Roberts. Let Tyreke dominate the ball with the 2nd unit, play him at PG w/ Rivers at the 2, Morrow at the 3, RA at the 4/5 and one of the black-hole bigs (Aminu, Amundson, Stiemsma). No reason Tyreke should be sitting in the corner while Roberts brings the ball up the floor. Tyreke should get it, push it and try to get an easy look, then re-set the offense. I also would like to see more small ball lineups w/ Davis/Aminu at the 4/5 spots. WE need to run on offense, and trap and switch EVERYTHING HARD on defense, just like Miami does. We need to play like the Heat do in order to be successful. Also, run some kind of post up for Tyreke in the half-court. Something!!!!!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on What’s up with Tyreke?
Thank god that Duke-Kansas game was on so I could flip to something.....anything....else. That was beyond pathetic. We have to RUN. Run on long rebounds, short rebounds, hell - run on made baskets. We don't run, we can't win. We need to play Rivers more. He, at this point, is our 2nd best on ball defender. Best thing about him, is he plays HARD. I don't always get that feel from Holiday, Evans, etc. Gordon has been a bright spot, he's healthy and explosive and has actually been playing hard on a regular basis. Losses to Orlando, twice to Phoenix, and to the crappy Lakers. Never, ever thought this would happen. I am speechless.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Lakers Wax Pelicans
Perimeter defense looked a lot better last night. Switches were crisp, hedges were tough. There were still breakdowns from time to time, but I imagine that would have to get better with more time together. Hope so!
1 month ago on The Pelicans Defense – and why they can’t hold a lead
AD is shooting 10/21 from midrange, but I remember a few of those being bailouts at the end of the shot clock. If he can shoot 50-60% from mid-range that is great. He is shooting only 48% at the rim, but remember he is also shooting about 8 FT's a game. Many of those misses at the rim are plays where he is getting hacked. When he gets stronger and starts finishing some of those "and 1's," look out.
1 month ago on Pelicans stomp Grizzlies, coast to win
I've found that AD is knocking down those mid-range jumpers pretty damn regularly. I've seen every game except for the Orlando game.
We are already one big short, and without Anderson tonight, we were two bigs short. I doesn't necessarily have to be a "Center," but this team is one big away from being pretty damn good.
1 month, 1 week ago on Pelicans crack as Pacers ratchet up pressure
I still think we're being severely undersold. If Davis plays even close to the level that he's been showing in the pre-season, we will be in contention for that 4-5 seed. If that Denver team from last year won 57, we can win 50+. It all depends on Davis. The rest is just background noise.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on NBA Rank 2: It’s a Celebration
@504ever This team was 15-37 vs. the Western Conference last year. We went 5-11 in the division and lost games to Houston, OKC, SA (3 times), Dallas (2), and Golden State by 4 points or less.
Our list of losses include PHI, PHX, UTAH (3), DEN (2), LAL (3), WAS (2), POR, MIN (3), TOR (2), MIL, ATL, CLE, ORL, and SAC.
Lets say w win 2/3 of those games vs. the Utah, Lakers, Blazers, TWolves, Wizards, Magic of the world that we lost last year, teams we passed up. Splitting in division is feasible, and winning half of those 4 point games that we lost could also be expected. Thats about 20 games that, IMO, we should improve by. You would also have to expect that we split with some of these teams that swept us last year, for example, the Knicks. Also take into account that about half the league will be in full blown tank mode come the trade deadline, and yeah, I think if we aren't near the 50 win mark I will be disappointed.
This year the schedule will be very important. If we open vs a soft schedule and win early, build some cohesiveness, I think we will improve later in the season and can get to 50 wins. If we open vs a soft schedule and blow some easy games early, we may be in trouble, bc even if we get better at the end of the year but we are playing a tougher schedule we may end up high 30's low 40's.
4 months, 1 week ago on Playoff Contention Not A Guarantee for the New Orleans Pelicans
@504ever ummm, Davis & Rivers a year older, Gordon being healthy (hopefully), Jrue Holliday, Tyreke Evans....IMO that's 20 wins right there. I think the overlooked thing when looking at this roster is how dramatically improved the defense will be. With AD being a year older and more comfortable as a rim protector, AFA w/ another year under his belt, and most importantly Holliday/Gordon's perimeter defense reducing all the penetration, kickout, wide ass open 3's that we suffered through last year, the defense has to be better. Couple that w/ the pure infusion of talent & the increased pace that Holliday brings to the offense (quicker pace, more possessions, more points). Denver was the 3 seed last year. You can't tell me that talent for talent, this team isn't just as good as that team was last year.
@arabi I have expectations. Last year the 8 seed had 45 wins, the 6 seed had 47 wins. Why wouldn't the expectation be to threaten 50? They won 27 last year w/ injured Gordon, Davis. The additions should put them in conversation for the 6, 7 seed. That would have them threatening 50. They won 47 in Monty's first year with CP3, DWest, and a bunch of junk.
If we don't threaten 50 wins, i will be sorely disappointed in this season. I still see them moving aminu/stiemsma for another piece near the deadline. I also think if Asik didn't play for the rockets that RA may have already been moved. My point: Team is a work in progress, but IMO the pure infusion of talent coupled with Monty as our coach will propel us into the playoffs I've seen him do more with much, much less.
@Michael McNamara You know I'm all about basketball. But I've got to get my pelican swag game on point. ya heard?
5 months ago on New Orleans Pelicans Announce The Arrival Of Tyreke Evans
@Jason Calmes @jdtufts10 If I don't have cable and live in NOLA, can I still get Pels games through nba league pass or will it be blacked out? Between Apple TV and my antena box, the only reason I'm keeping my cable is Pels games. Any ideas? comments?
My pickups to round out the roster: Kenyon Martin, Carlos Delfino, Corey Brewer, and bring back Amundson. Also Roger Mason should be in the mix as well.
C: Martin/Withey/Amundson PF: Davis/Anderson/Smith SF: Brewer/Delfino/D.Miller SG: Gordon/Evans PG: Holiday/Rivers/Roberts/Pierre Jackson
5 months, 1 week ago on Pelicans Scoop: Post-Evans-Trade Reactions