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The New Orleans Pelicans have been eviscerated 139-111 by the Brooklyn Nets on the second night time of a back-to-back.
The Pels have began April within the worst means because the common season shortly heads in the direction of its end. New Orleans has misplaced 4 of its 5 final video games and, accidents apart, this was a dispiriting and disappointing efficiency. Regardless that the Pels have been up in opposition to probably the greatest groups within the NBA—and arguably the squad with essentially the most depth—some semblance of effort would have been good.
As an alternative, the competition was over by halftime. The Pels trailed by 20 on the break after permitting Brooklyn to have its highest-scoring half of the season. From that time, it was all the time going to be inconceivable to get again into the sport in opposition to a staff of the Nets’ caliber.
Brandon Ingram, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Kira Lewis Jr. remained out of motion for Wednesday night time’s encounter. Jaxson Hayes performed after overcoming fears of an ankle damage within the Pels’ loss in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks.
The Nets have been with out James Harden due to a hamstring damage, however welcomed again Kevin Durant after a prolonged spell on the sidelines. He was barely wanted to clip the Pelicans’ wings.
With this loss, New Orleans is now two video games behind making the play-in match. Issues gained’t precisely get simpler proper off the bat both, because the Pelicans journey to Philadelphia on Friday to tackle the 76ers.
Listed here are the participant grades for the Pels’ blowout loss in opposition to the Nets, beginning with my private MVP:
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets: Grading one of the best participant
You already know it was an odd sport when Eric Bledsoe was the Pelicans’ finest participant.
Bledsoe struggled for type over the vast majority of the season, however he’s on somewhat particular person streak of strong performances. Towards the Nets, he was the Pelicans’ finest participant.
In a double-digit loss, perhaps that’s not saying a lot, however Bledsoe was legitimately a contributor in Brooklyn. At instances, it felt like he was the one Pelican making an attempt. The previous Kentucky guard completed with 26 factors in 28 minutes.
Sadly, he obtained ejected within the third quarter. That sums up Bledsoe’s first season in New Orleans fairly nicely.