New Orleans Pelicans Could Present Brooklyn Nets Big Problems

By Mike B. Ruiz
Derick E. Hingle-USA Today Sports

The Brooklyn Nets should be pretty thrilled when the New Orleans Pelicans make their way to town on Sunday night, right? After all, they are the No. 12 team in the Western Conference at just 22-27.

Not so fast.

There are certain opponents that a team playing well like the Nets knows they can sleep on and still come away with a victory once the final buzzer sounds. A quick glance at New Orleans’ roster, though, makes it crystal clear that they don’t fall within that category in the least. This team has some quality talent at their disposal, but has simply been a case of being unable to make it all click the way they originally envisioned. Injuries to Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday haven’t helped either.

There is much more to this Pelicans group than just first-time All-Star big man Anthony Davis, who is an absolute force in the middle. Guard Eric Gordon also has the potential to wreak havoc. There’s a reason why he was New Orleans’ biggest target in the Chris Paul deal of a few seasons back.

Tyreke Evans hasn’t lived up to the hype he entered the league with, but he’s still someone who can create plenty of problems once he gets going. Austin Rivers and Al Farouq-Aminu haven’t put up impressive numbers this season, but the Nets must keep a close eye on them nonetheless because of their impressive athleticism.

Oh, and then there’s Anthony Morrow. The former New Jersey Net is only leading the league in three-point shooting at 48.9 percent.

Overall, this is a young, athletic team, and we’ve seen how many issues an opponent of that nature has given Brooklyn this season. If they choose not to take the Pelicans too seriously because of their record, they’ll get run out of the gym before they even get a chance to blink.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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