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Midseason acquisitions Norris Cole, Quincy Pondexter, Dante Cunningham come up big for Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) and New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) celebrate the 108-103 victory against the San Antonio Spurs  at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

As Monty Williams gazed onto the floor and across his bench in Wednesday’s playoff-clinching victory over the San Antonio Spurs, he saw a roster that didn’t just come full circle but actually filled in the hole. The New Orleans Pelicans enter their first-round playoff series at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against the Golden State Warriors with a healthy… Continue reading →

Lewis: Pelicans’ patience with Monty Williams pays off

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams talks with an official during a break in the action with the Toronto Raptors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Mondayy, February 23, 2015.

“So,” Monty Williams was asked after Wednesday’s playoff-clinching victory against San Antonio, “is this the biggest victory of your career?” “Could be,” the Pelicans coach answered. “Just because of the circumstances.” And that, folks, is about as much of a “me” moment as you’re going to get from the man. Not that he’s especially… Continue reading →

Here's the complete schedule of the New Orleans Pelicans' first-round playoff series against Golden State

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates with New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11), New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) and New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

The NBA released the complete schedule for all first-round playoff series this morning. Here's the schedule for the New Orleans Pelicans' Western Conference first-round series against Golden State.
Game 1 - Sat. April 18, New Orleans at Golden State, 2:30 PM, ABC
Game 2 - Mon. April 20, New Orleans at Golden State, 9:30 PM , TNT
Game 3 - Thu.… Continue reading →

Pelicans clinch playoff spot with win over Spurs

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) is congratulated by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) after 108-103 victory against the San Antonio Spurs at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tried to congratulate New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams, but couldn’t get to him. Williams was too busy wrapped in a bear hug with Tyreke Evans to talk with his mentor. The Pelicans had just beaten the defending champion Spurs 108-103 to earn the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2011.… Continue reading →

Rested point guard Jrue Holiday comes up big for Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) high fives with guard Jrue Holiday as they celebrate with guard Eric Gordon (10) and guard Quincy Pondexter (20) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The Pelicans won 108-103 to lock up the final playoff slot in the Western Conference. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Jrue Holiday, who spent half of the season wrapped in ice, fittingly put the Pelicans’ playoff chances on ice. The banged-up point guard swished a pair of free throws with 9.5 seconds remaining, stretching the Pelicans’ lead over the San Antonio Spurs from three to five points, effectively ending an 82-game chase toward the playoffs. New Orleans ultimately won… Continue reading →

Thunder defeats Timberwolves ... but it doesn’t matter

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday April 15, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Thunder won 138-113. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

MINNEAPOLIS — Russell Westbrook went out with a bang. Westbrook scored 37 points in Oklahoma City’s 138-113 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that was rendered moot by New Orleans’ playoff-clinching in over San Antonio. The Thunder needed a win in the regular season finale and a loss from the Pelicans against… Continue reading →

Ten things to know about the Golden State Warriors

The Warriors are good. They had the best record in the NBA. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Good news! The Pelicans have made the NBA playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Bad news. The Pelicans play against the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors, who had the best record in the NBA. Check out our slide show on 10 things to know about Golden State.… Continue reading →

Report: Pelicans ownership gave Monty Williams, Dell Demps preseason ultimatum: go to the playoffs or get fired

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams wipes a tear as he celebrates the 108-103 victory against the San Antonio Spurs at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports reports that the Pelicans did more than just make the NBA playoffs when they defeated the Spurs 108-103 on Wednesday - they saved the jobs of New Orleans general manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams. Wojnarowski tweeted that Demps and Williams received a mandate from ownership to make the playoffs or else in the postseason.… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis leads the Pelicans to the NBA playoffs

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) high fives New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) next to New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 31 points and 13 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans earned their first playoff berth since 2011 with a 108-103 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Davis, who'll make his playoff debut against Golden State next weekend, came through in the waning minutes with a pair of clutch jumpers, two blocks… Continue reading →

Pelicans vs. Spurs with a playoff spot at stake: ‘It’s what you dream about as a young player,’ Monty Williams says

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams gestures to players in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in New Orleans, La. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams often speaks with San Antonio Spurs counterpart Gregg Popovich, a mentor. But this time was a little different, Williams said, since their teams will meet Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center with so much on the line. “We’re both happy for each other, either way,” Williams said. “Once… Continue reading →

Pelicans pushing for fans to pack Smoothie King Center

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- The Pelicans are urging fans to come to the Smoothie King Center in full force Wednesday night for the regular-season finale against the San Antonio Spurs. A win would put the Pelicans in the playoffs.

The copious complaints about the NBA’s unrelenting and overwrought 82-game schedule are gone for now. After more than five months of the New Orleans Pelicans pulling a “will they” or “won’t they” routine more closely akin to sitcoms than sports, the franchise has one game to earn its way into the playoffs for the first time in five… Continue reading →

Thunder need help from Spurs to reach playoffs

Associated Press photo by Sue Ogrocki -- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook leads the NBA with 11 triple-doubles -- the most in the league since the 2007-08 season.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook can do just about anything when it comes to basketball. Oklahoma City’s electric point guard can get more triple-doubles than anyone else — his 11 lead the league and are the most by any player since the 2007-08 season. He can lead the league in scoring and take a… Continue reading →

OKC guard Russell Westbrook avoids suspension with technical rescinded, will play in Monday's game against Portland

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts to an officials call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 10, 2015. Oklahoma City won 116-103. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The NBA has rescinded Russell Westbrook's 16th technical foul, allowing the star guard to play in the Thunder's critical game against Portland on Monday night. The league said in an email Monday the technical wouldn't stand, although it did not say why. That means the NBA's leading scorer avoids what would… Continue reading →

Pelicans fall 121-114 at Houston, remain tied with Oklahoma City for 8th in the Western Conference

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, right, while driving past Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

HOUSTON — One hour after getting some help from afar, the New Orleans Pelicans could not help themselves in the battle for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot. New Orleans squandered a nine-point second-half lead and fell to the Rockets 121-114 on Sunday night at the Toyota Center. More importantly, the Pelicans missed a… Continue reading →

Jrue Holiday coming on strong

Associated Press photo by Bob LeveyNew Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik, right, takes a hard hit to the face from Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard as he dunks the ball Sunday in Houston. Houston won 121-114.

HOUSTON — This was the Jrue Holiday the Pelicans were waiting for. After missing 40 games because of a stress reaction, New Orleans’ best point guard returned to the floor in Friday’s win over Phoenix but made his first true impact Sunday night in a 121-114 loss to the Houston Rockets. Just a week ago, Holiday was uncertain he… Continue reading →

Pelicans open pivotal back-to-back Sunday in Houston

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) battles under the basket with Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris , left, forward T.J. Warren, bottom center, and forward Brandan Wright (32), bottom right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, April 10, 2015. The Pelicans won 90-75.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

When the regular season ends Wednesday, the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder likely will look at their next two games as the ones that decided which team earned the Western Conference’s final playoff berth. With three games remaining for both teams, each plays a back-to-back set Sunday and Monday. The Pelicans (43-36) can go a… Continue reading →

Pelicans notes: Jrue Holiday sore but feeling ‘OK’ after Friday’s return to action

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) makes an impressive comeback during the first half of the Pelicans vs. Suns game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday, April 10, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday said he had some soreness, which was to be expected, but otherwise felt fine after Saturday’s light practice in preparation for Sunday’s game at Houston. After playing for the first time since Jan. 12, Holiday had said after Friday’s 90-75 win against Phoenix that he looked forward… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday return to lead Pelicans to a pivotal 90-75 victory over Phoenix

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23), returned in the fourth quarter after being injured, shoots and scores as Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) reaches out to block him during the Pelicans vs. Suns game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday, April 10, 2015.

It appeared Anthony Davis would be knocked out of Friday’s pivotal game against the Phoenix Suns after being elbowed in the throat at the beginning of the second quarter. After the Pelicans weathered the Suns and then some, Davis came back more physical and intense. In a game marking the return of point guard Jrue Holiday from a 41-game… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Best crowd of season on hand

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) prepares to leap for a basket as Phoenix Suns forward Brandan Wright (32) pursues during the second half of the Pelicans vs. Suns game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday, April 10, 2015.

It was safe to say that on Friday night the Smoothie King Center held more Pelicans’ fans than it had at one time all season. While the building was full when superstars appeared in New Orleans from time to time this season, there was always a significant sampling of visiting fans occupying the seats. And although the team boasts… Continue reading →

A night on the town — at a pizza party with some young fans — helps Anthony Davis recharge for Pelicans' huge playoff push

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--Tre Reginelli,  gives NBA All Star Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans a high five during the Pizza Party event hosted by Davis at Back 2 Basics Basketball Academy in New Orleans, La. on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

For Anthony Davis, it was the perfect antidote after a difficult road loss and just before a pressure-packed home game. On Thursday, an off day for the New Orleans Pelicans after back-to-back games, Davis was in his element — spending time with kids, who were eating his favorite food, pizza, and playing basketball at the Back… Continue reading →

After big win over Warriors, Pelicans fall flat to Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) controls the ball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies won 110-74. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Only 24 hours after beating the best team the Western Conference has to offer and clawing back into the playoffs, the Pelicans found themselves right back on the brink with a 110-74 loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday night in Memphis. Such is life in the West, where the competition is… Continue reading →

Pelicans upset Warriors to push into playoff position

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans guard Toney Douglas (16) dodges Golden State Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa (19) on his way to the basket during the first half of the Pelicans vs. Warriors NBA game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Anthony Davis wasn’t Anthony Davis in the first half against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday at Smoothie King Center. He was in the second half, though. Davis scored 23 of his 29 points after halftime, and Quincy Pondexter scored 20 points as the Pelicans held off the Warriors for a monumental 103-100 victory with five games… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday not likely to return this season

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) drives to the basket with San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (right) defending him in the first half on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday said he practiced with the team Monday and went through its walkthrough during shootaround Tuesday. But it doesn’t appear he will return this season. With only six games left in the regular season, coach Monty Williams had said after Monday’s practice that he still hoped Holiday would return “even… Continue reading →

Pelicans keying on confidence

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, front left, goes around pick set by center Omer Asik, back, of Turkey, to drive to the net past Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye, front right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Having series edges in victories against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets have given the New Orleans Pelicans confidence this season. They need to draw from that Tuesday night at the Smoothie King Center. Trailing Oklahoma City by a half-game with six left in the season,… Continue reading →

Despite Saturday’s loss in Portland, Pelicans control their destiny in battle with Oklahoma City for a playoff spot

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, defends on New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 4, 2015.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. — The New Orleans Pelicans headed home down but far from out after Saturday night’s 99-90 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Pelicans had hoped to put an exclamation point on a successful eight-day run but ran into a Blazers team that owns New Orleans on its home floor. The win was Portland’s… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ four-game winning streak ends 99-90 in Portland, falling a game behind Oklahoma City for 8th in the Western Conference

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, looks for an opening against Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 4, 2015.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped the New Orleans Pelicans’ four-game winning streak with a 99-90 victory Saturday night. Kris Kaman added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who have clinched the Northwest Division and are jockeying for home-court advantage among the… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Add the Kings’ George Karl to list of those who want to alter the NBA’s playoff format

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl said the New Orleans Pelicans should be in the NBA playoffs. That would happen, he said, if the league moved into modern times in how it determines its playoff teams. With the Eastern Conference going through yet another season in which teams with losing records will make the playoffs, Karl… Continue reading →

Quincy Pondexter helps shoot Pelicans back into the playoff mix

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, left, and New Orleans Pelicans' Quincy Pondexter, center, and Alexis Ajinca look for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Quincy Pondexter is playing the best basketball of his NBA career. His production has spiked since he was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the New Orleans Pelicans in January, and he has hit a number of milestones in the process. On Feb. 25, Pondexter posted career highs in minutes… Continue reading →

‘Hot Rod’ Hundley revved up basketball fans

Associated Press file photo by Colin Braley -- Former Los Angeles Lakers guard and longtime broadcaster for the Jazz in New Orleans and Utah, Rodney 'Hot Rod' Hundley was a colorful figure both off the court and in the broadcast booth. He died March 27.

It was like a song expressing love — of the game, and of the town. “They call San Francisco the City, New York the Big Apple. Now swing with me to the land of Jazz, New Orleans, where tonight ...’’ For five memorable years, that was the opening verse of Hot Rod Hundley’s broadcasts of New… Continue reading →

Pelicans move within a half-game of eighth-place Oklahoma City with a 101-95 win in Sacramento

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Nik Stauskas during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, April 3, 2015.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The New Orleans Pelicans know exactly where they stand. Quincy Pondexter and the rest of the Pelicans glanced up at the NBA scoreboard every chance they got during their 101-95 victory at Sacramento on Friday night. They wanted to see if Oklahoma City might give them another chance to catch them in… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ road trip off to a hot start

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers forward Ryan Kelly defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — The New Orleans Pelicans opened their last long road trip of the season with a big victory, gained a game on eighth-place Oklahoma City in the playoff race and made some history in the process.… Continue reading →

Pelicans gain ground on Oklahoma City, defeat Los Angeles Lakers 113-92

New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES -- The New Orleans Pelicans opened their last long road trip of the season with a big victory, gained a game on eighth-place Oklahoma City in the playoff race, and made some history in the process. Wednesday night's 113-92 thrashing of Los Angeles at Staples Center, sparked by the return to action by forward Ryan… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis scores 20 as Pelicans rout Lakers 113-92

New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis scored 20 points and the New Orleans Pelicans inched closer to a possible playoff berth with a 113-92 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. New Orleans’ third straight victory, coupled with Oklahoma City’s 135-131 loss to Dallas, brought the Pelicans within 1½ games of the Thunder for… Continue reading →

It’s all about effort for Dante Cunningham — and that’s what he wants from his Pelicans teammates

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham (44) beats Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) to the ball during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

When Dante Cunningham dived for a loose ball during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, there were nine minutes left and the New Orleans Pelicans led by 14. It occurred on the way to a 22-point romp. But coach Monty Williams referred to it as a signature play, saying, “That’s who he is, and that’s… Continue reading →