The New Orleans Pelicans are a baffling group.
I wrote yesterday that followers are unnecessarily indignant in regards to the Pels contemplating they’re younger rebuilding group being led by a 20-year-old.
The expectations have been a tad excessive this season, particularly when you think about the Pelicans have a brand new coach and had just about no offseason or coaching camp to organize.
Whereas I don’t perceive the anger, I completely get the frustration, because the Pelicans can appear to be among the finest groups within the NBA one night time solely to get overwhelmed by a backside feeder the subsequent.
Typically it vacillates from quarter to quarter, because the Pelicans will put up 40 factors one quarter then surrender 40 the subsequent one.
The sort of inconsistency is to be anticipated from a younger group, however the Pels have been taking part in up or right down to their competitors all yr and that has to vary.
New Orleans Pelicans: The Pels beat the great groups however lose to the dangerous ones
The New Orleans Pelicans can play with and beat any group within the NBA, that a lot is apparent. They’ve wins in opposition to the Bucks, Suns, Celtics, Clippers (2), Nuggets, Lakers and 76ers this season, all groups which can be hoping to get to the NBA Finals.
The Pelicans all the time appear to step up and play their greatest, most targeted basketball in opposition to the perfect groups within the league, which is nice.
The issue is that they’ve additionally misplaced video games to the Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves, Kings, Bulls and Pistons, a few of that are tanking and never even making an attempt to win.
The Pelicans assume they will simply present up in opposition to the dangerous groups within the NBA and get a win and are rapidly discovering that isn’t true.
The distinction between making the playoffs this season and never has been the Pelicans’ irritating behavior of taking part in right down to their competitors.
Lonzo Ball is an efficient instance of this, as he not too long ago had certainly one of his worst video games of the season in a loss to the Wizards however then put up back-to-back stellar performances in opposition to the Spurs and Clippers.
It hasn’t been simply Lonzo who has been inconsistent, the entire group appears to play with a whole lack of focus when they’re going up in opposition to a group with much less expertise, and there’s no coasting within the NBA.
The Pelicans will possible be watching the playoffs from house this season and in the event that they wish to know why, it’s as a result of they’ve taken dangerous losses in opposition to dangerous groups.
It’s a must to carry the identical degree of depth each night time within the NBA if you wish to be a playoff group within the loaded Western Convention, a lesson the Pels are studying the onerous method.