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Pelicans fall to Cavaliers Saturday night 99-84

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, drives past New Orleans Pelicans' Dante Cunningham in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving and LeBron James wouldn’t let another lead get away from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving scored 29 points, James added 27 and Cleveland bounced back from two straight losses with a 99-84 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Irving and James combined for 17 points in the fourth… Continue reading →

After ‘taking steps backward’ in Thursday’s loss to the Lakers, Anthony Davis and the Pelicans visit LeBron James’ Cavaliers on Saturday

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry calls out from the bench in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The Lakers won 99-96. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Anthony Davis was somber and straight-faced, frustrated as he tried to explain his team’s most recent inexplicable loss. But he wasn’t giving up. An hour or so after the Pelicans lost a Thursday night home game to the Los Angeles Lakers — their third straight loss, and their second this season to the worst team in… Continue reading →

Kobe Bryant, Lakers score win over Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) slam dunks ahead of Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert (17) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

There would be oohs and ahs, Alvin Gentry warned his team. There would be loud cheers. There would be a buzz in the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, and it wouldn’t be for his Pelicans. Kobe Bryant was in town, and he was the show. And the fans who turned out… Continue reading →

Tyreke Evans sits again for Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 116-99. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Tyreke Evans on Thursday missed his fifth straight game with knee soreness. It’s unclear how many more it might cost the Pelicans point guard. Evans, who sat the first 17 games of the season after arthroscopic surgery in his right knee, sat out against the Lakers at the Smoothie King center with sorness in… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ scare not enough to end Spurs’ home-court win streak

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores in fron tof New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 110-97. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO — The New Orleans Pelicans put a scare in San Antonio, but it wasn’t enough to snap the Spurs’ franchise-record home start. LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 36 points, outscoring fellow Western Conference All-Star reserve Anthony Davis by eight to lead San Antonio to a 110-97 victory on Wednesday night. “We have to play a… Continue reading →

Pelicans prepare for Lakers, ‘legend’ Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, passes the ball as New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

He’s unlikely to have another 81-point game. He won’t close out his career with a sixth NBA championship. He isn’t the player he was in his prime. But he’s still Kobe Bryant. And as he prepares to visit New Orleans with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, that still means something. “When… Continue reading →

Struggling Pelicans face tough test in San Antonio Spurs — but they often play well

Advocate file photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson and Spurs forward Boris Diaw battle for a loose ball during a game last seasonat the Smoothie King Center. The teams meet again Wednesday in San Antonio.

There’s something about San Antonio that brings out the best in the Pelicans. While the Spurs are one of the league’s most dominant forces and the envy of nearly every front office, the perpetually underdog bunch from New Orleans has routinely found ways to make the Southwest Division powerhouse sweat and leave the court wondering what just happened.… Continue reading →

Pelicans face a tall task: Handing the Spurs their first home loss this season

Associated Press file photo by MORRY GASH -- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich

The irresistible force meets the easily movable object. It’s an apt phrasing for Wednesday’s meeting between the Spurs and Pelicans, considering the teams’ respective home and road records. San Antonio is 26-0 at home. New Orleans is 5-18 on the road. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is keenly aware of the issue as his team continues to fight from… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Tyreke Evans misses his third straight game; Jrue Holiday struggles mightily from the field

Tyreke Evans’ right knee doesn’t need to be 100 percent to play. But the New Orleans Pelicans’ starting point guard didn’t return to the lineup during Monday’s 110-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. It marked a three-game absence for Evans, who failed to gain enough strength in his ailing right knee to get back onto the… Continue reading →

Pelicans can’t close their long homestand with a victory, fall 110-95 to the Grizzlies

New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham (44) goes to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies forward Jeff Green in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

When you play the Memphis Grizzlies, you know what’s coming. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be physical. It’s a given. But the Grizzlies hit the Pelicans with a changeup Monday night at the Smoothie King Center, blitzing New Orleans with an uncharacteristic perimeter punch that powered Memphis to a 110-95 win. The… Continue reading →

‘It’s progress:’ As the Pelicans close their seven-game homestand Monday vs. Memphis, their playoff chances are improving — but the road gets much tougher soon

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) reacts after hitting a 3-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The Pelicans won 105-103. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The climb always was going to be a tough one. The Pelicans can take some solace in having completed the first steps. New Orleans will close a seven-game homestand Monday when the Memphis Grizzlies visit the Smoothie King Center at 7 p.m., and although the Pelicans remain on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture,… Continue reading →

Sources: Bryce Dejean-Jones to sign another 10-day contract with Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (31) dunks in front of Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. The Pelicans won 114-105. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Pelicans are signing Bryce Dejean-Jones to a second 10-day contract on Monday, sources familiar with the situation confirmed to The Advocate on Sunday. Although his initial deal technically expired on Sunday, the Pelicans didn’t practice; allowing the team to push the signing to Monday. This ensures Dejean-Jones will be with the team for at least the next… Continue reading →

Jrue Holiday’s late basket helps Pelicans outlast Nets

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) shoots the game winning shot over Brooklyn Nets forward Thomas Robinson (41) in the final seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The Pelicans won 105-103. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Jrue Holiday keeps saying it doesn’t matter if he starts. All the Pelicans point guard really wants is to be in the game at the end. And in Saturday’s 105-103 win against the Brooklyn Nets, Holiday made his case to be a closer. Holiday scored the Pelicans’ final five points… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis returns to lineup after missing one game

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez, right, and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis battle under the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Anthony Davis got back on the court Saturday for the Pelicans. He’s hoping for a change that he’ll be healthy again when he represents his team at NBA All-Star weekend Feb. 12-14 in Toronto. Davis had 20 points and 16 rebounds in Saturday’s 105-103 win against Brooklyn, his return to action… Continue reading →

After making his first career start, Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones suddenly steps into the spotlight

New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (31) dunks in front of Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. The Pelicans won 114-105. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Bryce Dejean-Jones wouldn’t allow himself the moment. The 6-foot-6 guard — playing with the New Orleans Pelicans on a 10-day contract — had learned not long before Thursday’s game against Sacramento that he would make his first NBA start. But with so much at stake, he barely had time to consider it. So Dejean-Jones didn’t pause,… Continue reading →

Led by Ryan Anderson, Pelicans power past Kings without Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Marco Belinelli (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

For Ryan Anderson, this was a rare treat. An atypical spot in the starting lineup — in place of concussed star Anthony Davis — gave Anderson an unusual matchup Thursday night at the Smoothie King Center. And New Orleans took full advantage. With rookie power forward Willie Cauley-Stein defending him early, Anderson scored 18 of his career-high-tying… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis named a Western Conference All-Star reserve

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives with the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 116-99. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Anthony Davis was named to the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve. The NBA’s coaches voted Davis into the game Thursday night, making it Davis’ third straight appearance in the All-Star Game. He’s just the second player in franchise history to do so. He joins forwards Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and LaMarcus Aldridge along with guards Klay… Continue reading →

Report: Pelicans' Anthony Davis named to Western Conference All-Star team

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis

. Anthony Davis was named to the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The NBA’s coaches voted Davis into the game on Thursday night, making it Davis’ third straight appearance in the All Star Game. He’s just the second player in franchise history to do so. He joins forwards… Continue reading →

Big injury questions about Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans as Pelicans prep for crucial game vs. Kings

The Pelicans will host the Kings Thursday at the Smoothie King Center. Exactly who'll play for New Orleans remains in question. Forward Anthony Davis still is going through the NBA's concussion protocol, coach Alvin Gentry said after Wednesday's practice, and his status for the Sacramento game won't be clear until Thursday. The Pelicans also might be without guard Tyreke Evans, who had an… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday getting healthier, more dynamic

Associated Press file photo by Jonathan Bachman -- Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday has gradually been picking up the pace since his minutes restriction has been lifted.

Jrue Holiday dribbled upcourt in rhythm, and his 3-point shot was true. He blew by a defender and finished at the rim. He sank a step-back jumper; he finished a tough runner through contact. This was all Monday night against the Houston Rockets, but it could have been three seasons ago. The Pelicans point… Continue reading →

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry keeps Tyreke Evans on bench as a precaution

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 116-99. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Tyreke Evans is willing to play through pain, sometimes at the cost of his effectiveness. That was the case during the Pelicans’ 112-111 loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday night, which prompted coach Alvin Gentry to sit the starting point guard midway through the third quarter and leave him on the bench for… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis suffers a concussion as Pelicans’ winning streak ends with 112-111 loss to Rockets

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) makes a pass in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. The Rockets beat the Pelicans 112-111. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Anthony Davis came crashing down Monday night at the Smoothie King Center, and the Pelicans’ three-game winning streak followed suit. But New Orleans didn’t go down without a fight. Davis took a second-quarter elbow from teammate Tyreke Evans and was diagnosed with a concussion, but the shorthanded Pelicans rallied from a 16-point deficit before falling to… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis leaves game after taking blow to the head

Associated Press photo by Max Becherer -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis grabs a rebound against Houston Rockets forward Clint Capela in the first half Monday in the Smoothie King Center. Davis was forced to leave the game with a concussion in the second quarter after taking an elbow to the temple from teammate Tyreke Evans.

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was forced to leave the floor when he was elbowed in the temple by Pelicans’ guard Tyreke Evans on a rebound attempt late in the second quarter of Monday night’s game against the Houston Rockets. Davis was pronounced as unable to return due to a concussion and it’s unclear how long he will… Continue reading →

As they get more comfortable in Alvin Gentry’s scheme, the Pelicans have had one of the NBA’s best offenses of late

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives with the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 116-99. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

To hear Jrue Holiday tell it, the New Orleans Pelicans always had the best of intentions. They always wanted to stick to Alvin Gentry’s offense, always wanted to settle into it and get comfortable. Adversity, though, has a way of upending intention. Injuries and a 1-11 start made for desperate times and disparate approaches to scoring.… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: With Dante Cunningham sidelined by illness, Alonzo Gee re-enters the starting lineup

New Orleans Pelicans forward Alonzo Gee (15) attempts a shot while defended by Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles (41) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Utah won 101-87. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Alvin Gentry is accustomed to creating new starting lineups. Entering the 42nd game of the season, the New Orleans Pelicans coach drew up his 19th different starting lineup before Saturday’s 116-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Small forward Dante Cunningham was suffering from an illness, which sidelined him for the evening. It forced Gentry to… Continue reading →

Surging Anthony Davis has given the Pelicans a major boost of late

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives past Detroit Pistons forward Ersan Ilyasova (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Anthony Davis has permission to take plays off. It’s not that Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has given his star a pass to slack. It’s not that Gentry wants — or that New Orleans can afford — anything less than everything Davis has to give on any given night. But sometimes — when a loose ball is… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Eric Gordon no stranger to injuries

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) and Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight battle for the ball in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Eric Gordon has a new hand injury, but he’s an old hand at missing time in New Orleans. There was the right knee surgery that cost him six weeks of the 2011-12 season and 20 games the following year. There was the left knee arthroscopy that cut his 2013-14 season short and the left shoulder that… Continue reading →

Pelicans slam Pistons to win for the fourth time in five games

New Orleans Pelicans forward Alonzo Gee (15) dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Alvin Gentry could have slid Jrue Holiday back into the starting lineup, could have opted to break up the Pelicans’ bench unit of which he’s become so fond. Instead, the New Orleans coach went with Norris Cole in place of injured guard Eric Gordon on Thursday night at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans responded with their… Continue reading →

Notebook: Pelicans sign guard Bryce DeJean-Jones

Associated Press photo by Tyler KaufmanPelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones is surrounded by Miami's Chris Andersen, right, and  Gerald Green during a preseason game Oct 23.

A suddenly thin backcourt, spurred by a broken finger in Eric Gordon’s shooting hand, forced the Pelicans to make a personnel move. Bryce DeJean-Jones, who spent training camp and Summer League with New Orleans, was acquired on a 10-day contract Wednesday night and was active for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. The 6-foot-6 swingman displayed scoring proficiency… Continue reading →

Pelicans star Anthony Davis doesn't make All-Star vote in Western Conference lineup

Advocate file photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has seen his game improve and popularity grow this season.

All-Star voters elected not to send Anthony Davis to a second consecutive start in the Western Conference lineup. NBA All-Star voting concluded on Thursday night and Davis wasn’t even close to being one of the top-three vote receivers in the West frontcourt, garnering just 400,688 votes, finishing ninth in the West. Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard were named frontcourt starters,… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis not selected starter for NBA All-Star game

Associated Press photo by Jonathan Bachman -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis drives against Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng during their game Tuesday night in the Smoothie King Center.

All-Star voters elected not to send Anthony Davis to a second consecutive start in the Western Conference lineup. NBA All-Star voting concluded Thursday night, and Davis wasn’t close to being one of the top-three vote-getters in the West frontcourt, garnering just 400,688 votes, finishing ninth in the West. Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard… Continue reading →

Pelicans replace Gordon with Dejean-Jones

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 114-99.(AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) ORG XMIT: LAJB108

In the wake of Eric Gordon's injury, the Pelicans moved Thursday to bolster their backcourt, signing guard Bryce Dejean-Jones to a 10-day contract.

Dejean-Jones, who had been playing for the NBA Development League's Idaho Stampede, was in preseason camp with the Pelicans in the fall. He is available for Thursday night’s home game against the Detroit Pistons.

The 6-foot-6 Dejean-Jones has played… Continue reading →

Report: New Orleans Pelicans the least valuable franchise in NBA

Associated Press photo by Jonathan Bachman -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis drives against Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng during their game Tuesday night in the Smoothie King Center.

The New Orleans Pelicans are the least valuable franchise in the NBA, according to Forbes. In the magazine’s annual list of NBA franchise values, published online Wednesday, the Pelicans are last in the league, valued at $650 million. The New York Knicks are the most valuable franchise at $3 billion, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at $2.7 billion, Forbes reported. The… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon to miss 4-6 weeks with fractured ring finger

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 114-99.(AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) ORG XMIT: LAJB108

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon is expected to miss four to six weeks after fracturing the ring finger on his right hand in Tuesday's win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Gordon underwent successful surgery on the finger Wednesday morning, the Pelicans announced. It's a significant loss for the Pelicans, who at 14-27 have won three of four and are four games out of the… Continue reading →

Source: Pelicans’ Eric Gordon to miss 4 weeks with broken finger on shooting hand

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 114-99.(AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Guard Eric Gordon fractured a bone in the ring finger of his shooting hand, leaving him out for an undetermined amount of time, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Tuesday night. The Pelicans’ starting shooting guard was injured midway through the third quarter of New Orleans’ 114-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in… Continue reading →

Pelicans rally past Timberwolves 114-99

Associated Press photo by Jonathan Bachman -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis drives against Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng during their game Tuesday night in the Smoothie King Center.

Their current homestand might well determine who the Pelicans are as a team. One half into it, New Orleans was asked what sort of team it wants to be. Trailing the Minnesota Timberwolves by nine at halftime Tuesday at the Smoothie King Center, New Orleans got a locker-room challenge from coach Alvin Gentry, and the Pelicans… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ winning streak stopped at 2 with 101-99 loss at Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50), and guard Mario Chalmers (6), stand over New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, bottom, as they wait for a referee call on possession of the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Alvin Gentry already had drawn up a potential game-winning (or at least game-tying) play in his mind. The first-year New Orleans Pelicans coach managed to crack a smile at the thought of it. “I’m sure it would have worked,” he said. Unfortunately for Gentry, he’ll never know. The Pelicans were unable… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: This MLK Day, former basketball star Spencer Haywood got to share his story — one every current player could learn from

Former NBA player Spencer Haywood receives the 11th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award before an NBA basketball game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — If it had been Pete Maravich challenging the NBA’s early-entry rule, things would have been much different than they were for Spencer Haywood, who was the one who did so. At least that’s the view of Haywood, whose successful lawsuit against the league was recognized here Monday when he was… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Sore knee forces Tyreke Evans to sit; Anthony Davis a finalist for U.S. Olympic team; rough start for ex-LSU standout Jarell Martin

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tyreke Evans, as always when he plays in Memphis, was looking forward to Monday’s game. It’s the city and arena he played in during his one season of college ball at Memphis. But during warmups, Evans experienced soreness in his right knee, so he was held out of the game.… Continue reading →