The New Orleans Pelicans’ slim playoff probabilities bought even slimmer after dropping to the Knicks in dramatic and painful vogue.
As we’ve seen time and time agains this season, the Pelicans had a late lead solely to look at it evaporate below an entire lack of late recreation execution.
Lonzo Ball has rightfully taken quite a lot of the warmth for blowing his defensive project on the final Knicks’ possession in regulation, which led to Reggie Bullock’s game-tying 3-pointer.
Lonzo solely had one job there, which was to not let Bullock get off a shot. As a substitute he tried to assist on Derrick Rose and left Bullock open. The remaining was predictable for Pelicans’ followers.
Lonzo owned as much as his mistake and it was clearly only a case of a participant reacting to the play and never fascinated by the sport state of affairs, as he may have simply let Rose have the layup and the Pelicans most likely would have received.
I’m not going to skewer Lonzo Ball an excessive amount of, as even sensible gamers make dumb errors, however he undoubtedly didn’t do himself any favors on the subject of his subsequent contract.
What was extra regarding was Eric Bledsoe‘s enormous mistake after which his remark about it after the sport.
New Orleans Pelicans: Is Eric Bledsoe checked out?
Lonzo Ball wasn’t the one one who blew his project on the ultimate play, because the Pelicans had a foul to provide and Bledsoe clearly may have used it to stop Rose from entering into the lane.
Bledsoe didn’t for some unusual purpose and his excuse for it was even stranger:
“Not paying consideration”!!! Are you kidding me with this? The New Orleans Pelicans are speculated to be battling for his or her playoff lives and simply bought executed taking part in a really bodily and aggressive recreation towards the Knicks that they need to have received and that is your reply?
I’d anticipate a teen to say one thing like this, not a long-time skilled who is meant to be an All-NBA defender.
Eric Bledsoe has been accused of testing and never taking part in onerous this season, one thing his teammates denied, nevertheless it’s onerous to not really feel this manner when a man principally shrugs his shoulders and says, “Yeah, I couldn’t be bothered to care.”
Lonzo Ball made a psychological mistake and can be the primary to confess it, however Eric Bledsoe simply wasn’t paying consideration which is way worse, and aptly summarizes the Pelicans’ season.
They could have a ton of expertise however till they beginning “paying consideration” they may proceed to lose video games that they need to win.
Like so most of the Pels’ losses this season, this one got here right down to a scarcity of execution down the stretch, which is a pity, as there have been quite a lot of positives to remove from an in any other case aggressive recreation the place the Pelicans battled for 46 minutes or so.
Too unhealthy video games are 48 minutes.