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3/25/15: If the New Orleans Pelicans miss the playoffs by a single game, then they may be pointing at the refs for costing them a chance at the postseason. The Pelicans are in a battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. New Orleans' chances were buoyed when Thunder star Kevin Durant was put in the shelf, possibly for rest of the season. However, the refs blew three key calls in the final minutes of the Pelicans' game against Phoenix last weekend. New Orleans lost by two and hurt their playoff chances.
3/18/15: While the courts are deciding who will own the New Orleans Pelicans (and the New Orleans Saints of the NFL) once owner Tom Benson gives up control either through his will or some judicial order, the Pelicans are in a fight to make the playoffs. Star Anthony Davis has been back for a little while now, though his MVP campaign is being thwarted by Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. It is no surprise, then, that the Pelicans are neck and neck with the Thunder for the final playoff spot. Keep an eye on this race, as it can change on any given day.
3/11/15: New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis is having a great season - so great that he worked himself into the MVP conversation (though that conversation is tilting toward Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook after his string of triple-doubles). Unfortunately, Davis got injured a couple of weeks ago and many immediately wrote off the Pelicans as a playoff team. However, New Orleans did not back down and they are still in the playoff hunt. Even better, Davis only missed five games and is now back. It is now a race with the Thunder for that last playoff spot.
3/4/15: The future ownership of the New Orleans Pelicans continues to be unsettled after another week of courtroom maneuvering. Owner Tom Benson changed his will to give control of the Pelicans and New Orleans Saints to his wife. His daughter and grandkids sued. A Texas judge ordered assistance to Benson in managing his assets. Benson asked an appeals panel last week to expedite the 60-day review window, claiming the asset managers cost him almost $20,000 per day (good work if you can get it). That was denied. This looks like it will head to court at some point and will be simply compelling and terrible to watch a family try to make their patriarch out to be incompetent while he is the source of their station in life.
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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Scores and Schedule
|Apr 25, 2015||Western Conf Quarterfinals: Golden State Warriors - New Orleans Pelicans - Game 4||109 - 98|
|Apr 18, 2015||Western Conf Quarterfinals: New Orleans Pelicans - Golden State Warriors - Game 1||99 - 106|
|Apr 15, 2015||San Antonio Spurs - New Orleans Pelicans||103 - 108|
|Apr 13, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Minnesota Timberwolves||100 - 88|
|Apr 12, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Houston Rockets||114 - 121|
|Apr 10, 2015||Phoenix Suns - New Orleans Pelicans||75 - 90|
|Apr 8, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Memphis Grizzlies||74 - 110|
|Apr 7, 2015||Golden State Warriors - New Orleans Pelicans||100 - 103|
|Apr 4, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Portland Trail Blazers||90 - 99|
|Apr 3, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Sacramento Kings||101 - 95|
|Mar 29, 2015||Minnesota Timberwolves - New Orleans Pelicans||88 - 110|
|Mar 27, 2015||Sacramento Kings - New Orleans Pelicans||88 - 102|
|Mar 25, 2015||Houston Rockets - New Orleans Pelicans||95 - 93|
|Mar 22, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Los Angeles Clippers||100 - 107|
|Mar 19, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Phoenix Suns||72 - 74|