NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - When the Pelicans take the court Wednesday against the Spurs, it will be just the third time they've worn their new red jerseys at home, due to an NBA rule limiting usage in the first season.
The team hopes it will be just another reminder of how exciting the season finale will be as they hope to punch their ticket to the postseason with a win.
Quincy Pondexter was in the arena the last time there was playoff basketball as a member of the Hornets. He is eager to see the crowd in full support.
"They better be there, they better be there, they better show up early," he said. "I can wake them all up if they want me to. We just need our fans to be there, be loud and be proud and believe in us because we've come a long way. We're right there, we're on the cusp of doing something special. I believe in our team and I know we're gonna' do it."
Anthony Davis put the Pelicans ahead with six seconds left in their first meeting against San Antonio back in early November. However, he knows that facing a Spurs team with an 11-game win streak; they'll need every bit of help from the fans.
"We're going to need them," Davis said. "[It's a] tough team coming in, the defending champs. We're going to need everybody who supports the Pelicans to be in attendance. Wednesday night we're gonna' need them. We feed off of them whether we're up or down, they get loud for us and that's what we're going to need especially going against a tough Spurs team."
Tip off is set for 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 10,000 entrants will receive a team poster.