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New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis makes statement in return

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives and makes a basket in the third quarter while Detroit Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver (43) defends as they play at the Smoothie King Center  in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Pelicans won 88-85.

The Brow is back. Thirty seconds into his return from a five-game absence due to a sprained shoulder, Pelicans forward Anthony Davis rose up for a 15-foot baseline jumper Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons. Nothing but net. It was a welcome sign for a franchise that has pinned its future on the All-Star, despite the Pelicans rattling off… Continue reading →

Led by return of Anthony Davis, Pelicans top Pistons

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) comes off the bench to slap hands with New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42) after he made a defensive play against the Detroit Pistons as they play at the Smoothie King Center  in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis said he just wanted to add to the chemistry the team developed in winning five of six games while he was out injured with a sprained right shoulder. That, he did. And the shoulder appears to be OK, too. In his first game back since Feb. 21, Davis had 39… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (sprained right shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Detroit Pistons

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) shows

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis said it will be a game-time decision whether he plays Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons at Smoothie King Center. Davis said his sprained right shoulder feels heeled and he is ready to go, pending the decision of the team's trainers. “It feels better,” he said after Wednesday morning's shoot-around practice. “I'm going to… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis nears return, could play Wednesday as Pelicans begin homestand

Siodelined by a right shoulder sprain, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, welcomes forward Quincy Pondexter to the court during player introductions before facing the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The New Orleans Pelicans could have a lot of help when they begin a three-game homestand Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons. All-Star power forward Anthony Davis has been listed as questionable, meaning he could play. Davis has missed the past five games after re-injuring his sprained right shoulder on Feb. 21 during the… Continue reading →

Pelicans fall 102-93 in Dallas to snap 5-game winning streak

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams talks to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

DALLAS — It had to end sometime, right? After five games and five improbable victories without superstar forward Anthony Davis, after a long and draining road trip from Denver after a game the night before, after outrunning the Dallas Mavericks throughout a relentless first half, the New Orleans Pelicans just didn’t have anything left to… Continue reading →

Sources: The Pelicans sign guard Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract

photo by Matt Slocum (Associated Press)

. The New Orleans Pelicans signed guard Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract, filling their final roster spot, according to an NBA source. Williams, 6 feet 5, comes from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, where he played in 25 games, 24 of which were starts. “He can defend, facilitate, he's a… Continue reading →

Alexis Ajinca’s huge night lifts Pelicans past Heat 104-102

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42) passes the ball over the head of Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Friday, February 27, 2015.

For the second consecutive game, a role player scored his career high as the New Orleans Pelicans came away with a victory. Backup center Alexis Ajinca had a game-high 24 points, including the winning basket with 25.9 seconds left, and the Pelicans turned back the Miami Heat 104-102 on Friday night at the Smoothie King Center.… Continue reading →

Pelicans waive former LSU center Justin Hamilton

Miami Heat player Justin Hamilton poses for photos during the team's media day, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

The Pelicans waived former LSU center Justin Hamilton, who was acquired as part of the three-team trade with Miami and Phoenix last month along with guard Norris Cole and forward Shawne Williams.

Hamilton, a 7-foot center, did not play in a game with the team. He played in 24 games this season with Miami, averaging 2.8 points and… Continue reading →

Notebook: Coach Monty Williams in the dark on Davis’ rehab regimen

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams talks to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

DALLAS — New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams knows Anthony Davis is working “around the clock” to rehab his sprained right shoulder. Just don’t ask the coach exactly what it is his superstar forward is doing during all that rehab time. “I really don’t know,” he said. “It’s funny you asked that.… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ winning streak hits a season-high 5 games with 99-92 win at Denver

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)

DENVER — In this stretch of New Orleans Pelicans wins without Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and, of course, Anthony Davis, every game has featured a different hero, from Tyreke Evans to the resurgent Eric Gordon to the out-of-nowhere Luke Babbitt. There was no single hero Sunday night, but there was the unlikely dynamic duo… Continue reading →

Lewis: You can’t forget all you’ve read — the Pelicans are still fighting

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams looks up at a replay during a break in the action against the Miami Heat at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Friday, February 27, 2015.

“It is obvious that this team, now 20-21, does not have it in itself to mount the kind of effort over the second half of the season to earn a playoff berth in the Western Conference.” — The Advocate, Jan. 20, 2015 Who wrote this drivel? Well, if… Continue reading →

Pelicans big men Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca help fill the big void left by Anthony Davis

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) snags a rebound during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

In the wake of power forward Anthony Davis being injured before and after the All-Star break, the New Orleans Pelicans have been faced with what to do to compensate for the scoring, rebounding and defense lost without him. No player in the NBA can provide what’s brought by Davis, a versatile standout who leads the league in… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Eric Gordon knows what oft-injured Derrick Rose is going through

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) bring the up the court during action against the Brooklyn Nets at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon has known Derrick Rose well since high school, and he definitely feels his pain. Gordon and Rose, the Chicago Bulls point guard, teamed in the backcourt on the Chicago-based summer basketball team Mean Streets. Rose, the first pick in the 2008 draft and the NBA’s 2011 MVP, had surgery Friday… Continue reading →

Alexis Ajinca’s huge night lifts Pelicans past Heat 104-102

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) passes the ball away as he is boxed in under the basket by Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, left, and guard Henry Walker (5) during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Friday, February 27, 2015.

For the second consecutive game, a role player scored his career high and the New Orleans Pelicans came away with the victory. Backup center Alexis Ajinca scored 24 points, including the winning basket with 25.9 seconds left, as the Pelicans turned back the Miami Heat, 104-102, on Friday at the Smoothie King Center. “Alexis has been playing well,… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis: "I'm willing to step up and try to be that quote, unquote Drew Brees or Chris Paul."

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) backs in on Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Cleveland. Davis scored 27 points in a 118-111 loss to the Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis talks about being the face of New Orleans basketball and one of the emerging faces of New Orleans Sports in a story on SBNation.com. "I'm willing to step up and try to be that quote, unquote Drew Brees or Chris Paul," Davis said. And no one can question his effort or results.… Continue reading →

Former Miami Heat guard Norris Cole has given Pelicans a boost with his defense and experience

New Orleans Pelicans guard Norris Cole (30) goes to the basket in front of Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The Pelicans won 100-97. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The New Orleans Pelicans obtained Norris Cole at the NBA trading deadline to give them a solid defender as the backup point guard — insurance with starter Jrue Holiday’s injury situation uncertain at best. However, Cole, who won two championships during his four seasons with the Miami Heat, has brought more. With All-Star Anthony Davis, 3-point… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis wins January NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) helps Dylan Singleton bowl along with other children from the West Bank YMCA at Fulton Alley for ADÕs Flight Academy Bowling Event, part of the NBA's fit week, in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis has received a lot of awards and honors for his play on the basketball court, this season being selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game. However, he was clearly most proud of his latest award, one that doesn’t involve basketball feats. Davis… Continue reading →

Pelicans' Jrue Holiday confirms no surgery necessary for leg

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, right, drives on Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Don Ryan) ORG XMIT: ORDR10

Jrue Holiday made his first public comments since re-injuring his leg, and the Pelicans’ point guard confirmed he will not need surgery. He also said the stress fracture in his right leg is different than the fractured right tibia that kept him out for the final 48 games of last season, claiming there’s no “crack”… Continue reading →

Quincy Pondexter leads Pelicans past Nets

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) drives to the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends, during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

For the New Orleans Pelicans, it’s next man up as they forge ahead in an important three-game home stretch. This time, it was small forward Quincy Pondexter’s turn. Pondexter had a career-high 25 points, and the Pelicans turned back the Brooklyn Nets 102-96 on Wednesday night at Smoothie King Center. Pondexter said he had motivation. First, a reporter suggested… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, who has missed 19 games with a leg injury, says he doesn't know if he will return this season

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, right, drives on Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Don Ryan) ORG XMIT: ORDR10

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday said Wednesday the injury to his lower right leg is different than the one he experienced last season, and said he doesn't need surgery. “The difference is that I had a crack in my shin last year, and I don't have a crack now,” he said after the Pelicans' shoot-around practice in preparation for… Continue reading →

Luke Babbitt gives Pelicans bench a much-needed boost

Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt (8) dunks in the second half of a game against the Indiana Pacers in New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The Pacers won 106-93. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

It was starting to look like another listless performance for the New Orleans Pelicans bench, a bunch of role players now in bigger roles seeing more playing time after injuries to three key players. The Pelicans trailed by 11 points to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night and already had given up six offensive rebounds. But then… Continue reading →

Pelicans pull off stunner against Toronto

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   Pelicans guard Norris Cole drives past Toronto Raptors forward James Johnson (3) and Jonas Valanciunas (17) on his way to  the basket Monday night at the Smoothie King Center.

Playing without injured key players Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday, the New Orleans Pelicans dug themselves a hole in Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. But with reserve players stepping up, they climbed their way out of it and posted a 100-97 victory at the Smoothie King Center. The victory was the second in a row… Continue reading →

Lewis: Pelicans continue to give the unexpected, good or bad

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.

Remember that look of agony on Anthony Davis’ when he reinjured his right shoulder the other night in Miami? Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps isn’t sure, but he imagines his expression was about the same. “It was probably pretty painful looking,” Demps said Monday before the Pelicans rallied for a 100-97 victory against Toronto… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis on his shoulder injury: 'We've got enough guys out there capable of stepping up'

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) loses the ball under pressure from Houston Rockets' Donatas Motiejunas (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis said Monday he has an acromioclavicular joint injury in his right shoulder. He had been diagnosed with a sprained shoulder before the All-Star break, which caused him to miss the All-Star Game on Feb. 14. That usually takes less time to heal than his present injury. Davis, however, said… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis out 1-2 weeks, Ryan Anderson 2-4 weeks

Associated Press photo by Gerald HerbertNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, battles for a rebound with Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol on Saturday in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Pelicans came away with a big road win against the Miami Heat on Saturday night, particularly with it coming a night after losing to the woeful Orlando Magic. However, instead of that victory keeping hope alive for the Pelicans as they attempt to land the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff… Continue reading →

Pelicans waive forward Shawne Williams

The New Orleans Pelicans waived forward Shawne Williams, who was acquired Feb. 19 from the Miami HEAT along with Norris Cole and Justin Hamilton as part of a three-team trade. Williams, 6-9, 230, has appeared in 44 games (22 starts) this season for Miami, averaging 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. He was the 17th overall selection out of Memphis in the… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis’ popularity soaring with Pelicans fans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) helps Dylan Singleton bowl along with other children from the West Bank YMCA at Fulton Alley for ADÕs Flight Academy Bowling Event, part of the NBA's fit week, in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

Khayree Salahubbin can barely contain himself. A fifth grader at Benjamin Franklin Elementary in New Orleans, Salahubbin is bouncing from one leg to the other in excited anticipation of the arrival of his hero, Anthony Davis, at the Fulton Bowl, where Davis’ AD Flight Academy is treating youngsters from the West Bank YMCA to an evening… Continue reading →

Pelicans lose Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson to injuries while blowing out the Miami Heat

Associated Press photo by ALAN DIAZ -- Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham goes to the basket against the Miami Heat in the first half Saturday in Miami. The Pelicans won 105-91.

MIAMI — A win is almost always sweet — but not when it comes at the expense of Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. Both have MRIs scheduled for Sunday, the results of which loom even larger than the Pelicans’ 105-91 wire-to-wire win over the Miami Heat on Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. But… Continue reading →

Elfrid Payton finding his place in NBA as a rookie starter for Orlando

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) plays in a NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

ORLANDO, Fla. Ask Elfrid Payton about top memories he took home from All-Star Weekend, and the short list inevitably includes participating in the Slam Dunk Contest. Even though the rookie never actually threw one down himself. Payton got his fair share of court time, though, as setup man for Magic teammate… Continue reading →

Pelicans start second half of season with loss to Magic

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) blocks the shot from Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

ORLANDO, Fla. — After the way the New Orleans Pelicans limped into the All-Star layoff, Friday presented the opportunity for a fresh start with some of their key pieces back in place. Anthony Davis was back on the floor. So, too, was Ryan Anderson, despite some late concern that his sore elbow needed another night… Continue reading →

The Pelicans in the NBA Playoffs? Fansided.com says it will happen in its 20 bold predictions segment

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates their 109-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks with guard Quincy Pondexter (20) after an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

The New Orleans Pelicans have the 10th-best record in the Western Conference, 1 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns for the eighth and final seed in NBA playoffs. But one writer believes the Pelicans have just what it takes to leapfrog the Thunder and the Suns into the Western Conference playoffs. L. Dahlgren,… Continue reading →

Pelicans make two trade deadline deals; highlight deal involves Heat guard Norris Cole

Miami Heats Norris Cole (30) drives against San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The New Orleans Pelicans barely beat the trade deadline buzzer, acquiring point guard Norris Cole as part of trades with the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday afternoon. Cole is the headlining piece of a busy deadline day that concluded with the Pelicans firing off two different deals to gain four players, according… Continue reading →