The New Orleans Pelicans should have had a good night at the office on Tuesday as they faced off with the Los Angeles Lakers. Though the Lakers have shown signs of life without Kobe Bryant early in the 2013-14 NBA season, they aren’t a good defensive teams this year, allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
However, the Pelicans were unable to take advantage of the Lakers defensive issues, though, and put up a stinker in a 116-95 loss to L.A. Obviously the Pelicans’ defense was problematic as they allowed the Lakers to shoot 55.7 percent from the field and 55 percent from long-range. However, their offense certainly wasn’t in the business of helping the cause either.
Eric Gordon put up a solid 17 points on the evening, but did so on just 5-13 shooting. Moreover, Anthony Davis notched 15 points on 6-11 shooting, but was obviously not aggressive enough to have an impact.
The biggest disappointment on the evening for New Orleans, though, was undoubtedly the play of point guard Jrue Holiday. Holiday finished the night with just seven points and fice assists while shooting an abysmal 2-11 from the field. He wasn’t facilitating, wasn’t hanging on to the ball well and wasn’t scoring well. He was hardly the asset that the team imagined he’d be when they traded for him.
Now sitting at 3-5 early in the season, the Pelicans haven’t started clicking as a unit. Davis has started the season off wonderfully, but he, Holiday, Gordon and Tyreke Evans still aren’t on the same page in terms of working together. Until that happens, this team is going to have nights like Tuesday where they disappoint.