Anthony Edwards #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots over Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photograph by Sean Gardner/Getty Photos)
It’s exhausting to know what to make of the New Orleans Pelicans this season.
The workforce transforms from quarter to quarter, typically trying like title contenders and others just like the worst workforce within the NBA.
The Pelicans kicked off the second half with one of many extra embarrassing losses in franchise historical past, getting dusted by the NBA-worst Timberwolves at residence.
Followers had been rightfully upset and the Twitter mobs had been calling for heads, particularly these of David Griffin and Stan Van Gundy.
The latter deserves some quantity of endurance, as he didn’t construct this workforce and doesn’t have the gamers to perform what he’s making an attempt to do, particularly on protection.
It has develop into clear that a few of these guys may be uncoachable, as SVG has had top-ten defenses nearly in all places he’s been however has watched his workforce get even worse on that finish.
David Griffin is the one who constructed this roster filled with undersized gamers who don’t play exhausting or know their function, so if anybody must be on the recent seat, it’s him.
This previous week has been symbolic of your complete season, because the Pelicans confirmed their inconsistency by getting whooped by the Timberwolves solely to bounce again with two blowout wins over the Cavaliers and Clippers.
It’s been that sort of yr for the Pels and this week put all of it on show.
New Orleans Pelicans: The protection remains to be terrible
One factor that has been constant this season is the Pelicans’ god-awful protection, which remains to be ranked simply twenty eighth within the NBA even after permitting solely 82 factors to the hopeless Cavs.
Take that sport out, and the Pelicans could be lifeless final within the NBA, even worse than final season.
Even in per week the place they received two of three video games, the Pelicans protection was horrible, permitting 135 factors to the league-worst Timberwolves and 115 to the Clippers.
Till this modifications, the Pelicans will proceed to be inconsistent though their offense is dominating. The entire high groups within the standings are additionally extremely ranked in protection, whereas three of the top-ten offenses are out of the playoff image.
In different phrases, you win with constant protection and energy, not a fantastic offense, simply ask the Wizards and Kings, who’re each top-ten offensively however close to the underside in protection, which is why they’re headed for the lottery.