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2/25/15: Try as the they might, the New Orleans Pelicans just cannot seem to gain any ground in Western Conference. With Oklahoma City firing on all cylinders, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that New Orleans will make the playoffs this season (too bad they are not in the Eastern Conference). That is a shame because Anthony Davis is playing like an MVP this season. The Pelicans joined the transactions party at the trade deadline, acquiring Norris Cole from the Phoenix Suns for John Salmons. This will help in the short term while guard Jrue Holiday recovers from injury.
2/18/14: It seems doubtful that he will win, but Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans deserves MVP consideration this season. Unfortunately, Davis sprained a shoulder last week and missed the last two games before the All Star break and the All Star Game itself. Hopefully, this is a minor injury and Davis will be back sooner rather than later. Davis was the third starter for the Western Conference All Star Team to back out of the game due to injury, in addition to Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers and Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers.
2/11/15: The New Orleans Pelicans (which is a terrific team name, despite the backlash they received when it was selected) are still in the hunt for a playoff spot this season. They have rebounded nicely from their earlier swoon to go 7-3 in their last 10 games. One of the teams they are battling is Oklahoma City, and the two had a fantastic game last Friday. The Thunder tied the game with 1.2 seconds left after Russell Westbrook hit all three free throws. However, Anthony Davis hit a buzzer beater 3-pointer for the 116-113 road win. Davis finished with 41 points and the Pelicans are still in contention.
2/5/15: On no map is New Orleans in the Western half of the United States, but they Pelicans have to play in the Western Conference in the NBA. In most sports, there is generally a decent amount of parity between conferences. Not in the NBA. The Pelicans are a respectable 24-22, and that is playing predominantly against Western Conference teams. That is good enough for last place in the Southwest division and about five games out of a playoff spot. Take that same record in the East and they would be the sixth seed. Actually, they may be better than that if they were playing a mostly Eastern Conference schedule.
1/28/15: New Orleans enjoyed a strong start to the season, though the team has fallen off a bit as of late. There may be a number of issues at hand, but playing on the road has been a major challenge as their road record is only 9-16. Off the court, owner Tom Benson altered his succession plan to place his wife as the team owner (and owner of the New Orleans Saints of the NFL) upon his death. This did not go over well with his children and grandchildren, who are now suing Benson, claiming that he is mentally unfit. This will get uglier before it gets better, unfortunately.
1/21/15: About a month ago, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban publicly discussed realigning the conferences, which would have put Dallas and the New Orleans Pelicans in the Eastern Conference. The short term gain, for both teams, would be playoff contention. New Orleans may be hoping for that realignment, though it probably will not come any time soon. The Pelicans are fighting with the Mendoza Line of .500. That is good enough to get into the playoffs in the East, but does not even get a gift basket in the West. That is a shame too, because New Orleans is playing a fun type of basketball and is better than their record indicates.
1/14/15: The Pelicans are doing their part to help out the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies. They emerged as the third team to put together a deal that would get the Celtics' Jeff Green to Memphis without breaking the salary cap limits. Actually, it works out for the Pelicans, because they can get rid of Austin Rivers for at least something. New Orleans did not pick up Rivers' option year next season, so he would be a free agent anyway. The Pelicans need to pick up the pace on the court, in any case, as they are middling at .500, which does not get into the playoffs in the West (though may be a high seed in the East).
1/7/15: These kind of things tend to happen in New Orleans, regardless of the sport. The Pelicans had a two point lead over San Antonio with 0.7 seconds left. The Spurs lobbed the ball to the hoop and the Pelicans' own Omar Asik somehow tipped it in. That tied the game and sent it to overtime, where the Spurs eventually won 95-93. The Pelicans are fighting for a playoff spot with both Phoenix and Oklahoma City, and cannot afford to lose close games like that on fluke plays. It is unfortunate, but it is a part of the game. Just ask the Saints.
12/3/14: It is tough to say the New Orleans Pelicans are struggling - they are 7-8 through their first 15 games. While it is a losing record, it is not terrible. Except that the Pelicans are in the Western Conference. Even worse, they are in the Southwest Division, in which they are in last place. But the Pelicans are looking for depth in the front court, particularly on the defensive side. They are reported to be 'seriously considering' signing Dante Cunningham. Cunningham is available because of domestic violence charges scared a lot of teams off over the summer.
11/5/14: Anthony Davis was the consensus best prospect when the New Orleans Pelicans drafted him two years ago. He has shown spurts of greatness to go along with the growing pains that come with adjusting the NBA. That being said, many consider him to be the third best player in the NBA, behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant. He showed it on opening night against the hapless Orlando Magic, scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocked shots. It is a great start for New Orleans, but beware that not every game is going to be as easy as this one because the Pelicans do not play the Magic every night.
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|Mar 2, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks|
|Mar 4, 2015||Detroit Pistons vs New Orleans Pelicans|
|Mar 6, 2015||Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans|
|Mar 7, 2015||Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans|
|Mar 9, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans vs Milwaukee Bucks|
|Mar 10, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans vs Brooklyn Nets|
New Orleans Pelicans Past Games Schedule and New Orleans Pelicans Scores
|Mar 1, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Denver Nuggets||99 - 92|
|Feb 27, 2015||Miami Heat - New Orleans Pelicans||102 - 104|
|Feb 25, 2015||Brooklyn Nets - New Orleans Pelicans||96 - 102|
|Feb 23, 2015||Toronto Raptors - New Orleans Pelicans||97 - 100|
|Feb 21, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Miami Heat||105 - 91|
|Feb 20, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Orlando Magic||84 - 95|
|Feb 11, 2015||Indiana Pacers - New Orleans Pelicans||106 - 93|
|Feb 9, 2015||Utah Jazz - New Orleans Pelicans||100 - 96|
|Feb 7, 2015||Chicago Bulls - New Orleans Pelicans||107 - 72|
|Feb 6, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Oklahoma City Thunder||116 - 113|
|Feb 4, 2015||Oklahoma City Thunder - New Orleans Pelicans||102 - 91|
|Jan 30, 2015||Los Angeles Clippers - New Orleans Pelicans||103 - 108|
|Jan 28, 2015||Denver Nuggets - New Orleans Pelicans||93 - 85|
|Jan 26, 2015||Philadelphia 76ers - New Orleans Pelicans||74 - 99|
|Jan 25, 2015||Dallas Mavericks - New Orleans Pelicans||106 - 109|
|Jan 23, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Minnesota Timberwolves||92 - 84|
|Jan 21, 2015||Los Angeles Lakers - New Orleans Pelicans||80 - 96|
|Jan 19, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - New York Knicks||92 - 99|
|Jan 18, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Toronto Raptors||95 - 93|