Consistency hasn’t exactly been a strong suit for the Pelicans this season, but the last five games suggest they’ve finally seen the light.
Anthony Davis and company found a variety of ways to win four of those five. They fought off a resilient Hornets team to win by two last Friday, erased an early 17-point deficit against the Timberwolves on Tuesday and then blew out the Pistons on Thursday.
“I thought that we would be able to play that way, tempo-wise, by spreading the floor,” said head coach Alvin Gentry. “This is kind of what I envisioned, that if we were healthy and able to run guys in and out of the game and be able to spread the floor, that there was a possibility that we could have this kind of situation.”
The numbers back up Gentry’s statement as well. Throughout the season, the Pelicans average 21.7 assists per game with 13.3 turnovers. During their last four wins, those numbers are significantly improved averaging 25.8 assists and just 9.8 turnovers. When it comes to taking away the easy buckets that opponents were getting off of those turnovers, that makes a huge difference.
If they keep it up, especially against their mediocre home schedule the next few games, the Pelicans could start to narrow the gap between them and the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Their next game is Saturday night at home against the struggling Milwaukee Bucks, who sport a losing 19-26 record.
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