Tyreke Evans scores 41 as Pelicans surprise Thunder

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers passes between Oklahoma City Thunder guards Reggie Jackson (15) and Thabo Sefolosha on Monday night at the Smoothie King Arena.

Nursing a right knee bone bruise, it was a surprise when Tyreke Evans suited up to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night at Smoothie King Center. Evans wasn’t done with surprises. Playing point guard after the second-quarter ejection of Austin Rivers, Evans drove for a career-high 41 points and had nine rebounds and eight assists … Continue reading →

Pelicans waive Greg Stiemsma

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma guards Indiana Pacers power forward David West earlier this season.

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams said Monday that Greg Stiemsma was waived because he has injured knees and the team needed another able-bodied center for the final two games of the NBA regular season. The Pelicans signed journeyman Melvin Ely, who was at Monday morning’s shoot-around in preparation for the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder … Continue reading →

Pelicans cut Stiemsma, bring in Ely

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams reacts in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in New Orleans, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The New Orleans Pelicans signed center Melvin Ely and waived center Greg Stiemsma, the team announced during Monday before its game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Smoothie King Centeer. The Pelicans end the season against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday at Smoothie King. The Pelicans did not give a reason it its news release why it cut Stiemsma with two … Continue reading →

Pelicans lose late lead as skid hits eight games

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) defends New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

HOUSTON — As the New Orleans Pelicans left the Toyota Center on Saturday night with their eighth-straight loss, there was at least one silver lining: No more players were injured. After losing seven key players to injury — including two the night before in Oklahoma City — the Pelicans’ eight-man rotation survived the game healthy, but fell … Continue reading →

Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder past Pelicans

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket around New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first quarter of a NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 116-94 on Friday night to clinch at least the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Serge Ibaka added 16 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high eight blocks for the Thunder, … Continue reading →

All about character as Pelicans near the finish line

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams reacts to a play against his team during the first quarter of a NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

OKLAHOMA CITY — With just a few games remaining, Pelicans coach Monty Williams says it’s all about character moving forward. The Pelicans entered Friday’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder as losers of six straight and reeling from the season-ending injuries suffered by All-Star Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon, but they remained positive. Williams … Continue reading →

Lewis: Pelicans should shut it down

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONAnthony Davis, who will miss the rest of the season, joined a long injury list for Monty Williams’ Pelicans.

Before anything else bad happens, maybe the New Orleans Pelicans should just shut it down. Now. Not surprisingly, the team announced Thursday that Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon are done for the season, adding to an already too-lengthy list of MIAs. How lengthy? The starting lineup in Wednesday’s 94-88 loss to Phoenix, the season’s 78th game, … Continue reading →

Pelicans' Davis down for season; surgery for Gordon

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers forward Hedo Turkoglu, left; forward Glen Davis, second from left; forward Danny Granger (33) and guard Darren Collison, right, last month at the Smoothie King Center.

The New Orleans Pelicans announced that All-Star power forward Anthony Davis will miss the remaining four games of the season to allow his ailing back to heal. The team said starting shooting guard Eric Gordon will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Coach Monty Williams said Tuesday he didn’t expect Gordon back. Gordon, who … Continue reading →

Suns hold off Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA -- Pelicans guard Austin Rivers shoots as Suns forward Shavlik Randolph defends at the Smoothie King Center on April 9, 2014.

The New Orleans Pelicans were hoping to end a five-game losing streak without All-Star power forward Anthony Davis, who was held out of the game because of a lingering back ailment. The Phoenix Suns are hoping to make the playoffs after being written off as one of the worst teams in the league before the season began. … Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon likely out rest of season

Associated Press photo by SUE OGROCKIPelicans guard Eric Gordon drives around Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha in October.

With the New Orleans Pelicans set to play the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, coach Monty Williams said he doesn’t expect starting guard Eric Gordon to play in any of the season’s final five games. The Suns (46-31) are the first of three tough opponents in playoff positions the Pelicans are facing in the next eight days … Continue reading →

Pelicans fall at Trail Blazers, who clinch playoff berth

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, looks for an opening against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 18 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers clinched their first playoff appearance in three seasons with a 100-94 win over the Pelicans on Sunday night. Wesley Matthews added 21 points, Damian Lillard 20 and Nicolas Batum 16 points and 12 rebounds for Portland (50-28). The Blazers … Continue reading →

Monty Williams says Pelicans shouldn’t seek role of spoiler

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams shouts to his team in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Pelicans coach Monty Williams canceled his team’s morning shoot-around before Sunday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center, because … well, what was the point? Already a lock for a third consecutive appearance in the NBA draft lottery, the Pelicans were in Portland for their third road … Continue reading →

Jeff Withey’s growth has pleased the New Orleans Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans center Jeff Withey is introduced before the season opener against the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 30.

It’s difficult to watch the New Orleans Pelicans play against the Portland Trail Blazers without wondering where they would be had center Robin Lopez not been traded last summer. Lopez, a big-bodied 7-footer, has given the Trail Blazers a rim protector along with surprising scoring and rebounding. Those abilities have helped provide immensely improved team chemistry. … Continue reading →

Jazz slip past Pelicans for 100-96 victory

Associated Press photo by Rick Bowmer -- Utah's Derrick Favors, right, and New Orleans' Anthony Davis crash in to the fans in the second quarter of Friday's game.

SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward knows the Utah Jazz have their best chance to win when they play together and share the ball. Victories haven’t come easy for the Jazz during this rebuilding season. “We realize we’re not there yet individually, where we can just play for ourselves and still win. We need … Continue reading →

Pelicans building for next year

Associated Press photo by /Rick BowmerThe Pelicans' Anthony Davis shoots the ball after stretching before the start of Friday's game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — Tanking is not in the team vocabulary for the New Orleans Pelicans. At a time when many NBA teams out of the playoff picture are finding all sorts of ways to lose games down the stretch, the Pelicans are playing with a different purpose. Playing for a playoff spot is … Continue reading →

Pelicans may need another big game from Tyreke Evans

Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) reaches in on New Orleans Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

It was exactly a week ago when Anthony Davis left the game against the Utah Jazz just 3:17 into the first quarter with a left ankle injury and did not return. No worries. Tyreke Evans took over, contributing in every way with 22 points, a career-high 15 assists as well as five rebounds, three steals and a … Continue reading →

Nuggets crush Pelicans 137-107

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, left, looks to score over New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

DENVER — Kenneth Faried was all smiles in Denver’s locker room. And with good reason. The Nuggets’ forward scored a career-high 34 points and added 13 rebounds to lead Denver to a 137-107 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. “When I got my second foul, I sat down and looked up said, ‘Wow, I have nine … Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Eric Gordon sits out seventh straight game

New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon works around Denver Nuggets small forward Wilson Chandler on March 9 in New Orleans.

DENVER — New Orleans guard Eric Gordon sat out his seventh straight game, the Pelicans’ 137-107 loss to Denver on Wednesday night, but a return to the lineup before the end of the season has not been ruled out. Gordon left the game against Atlanta on March 21 after tendinitis in his left knee flared … Continue reading →

Denver coach Brian Shaw impressed with Anthony Davis

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- The Pelicans' Anthony Davis attempts a shot against Sacramento on Monday night in the Smoothie King Center.

DENVER — Brian Shaw first watched Anthony Davis play two years ago and came away impressed. Davis was a freshman at Kentucky, and Shaw, then an assistant with the Indiana Pacers, went to Lexington to see the phenom during the NBA lockout. What he saw was a great ballhandler in a 6-foot-10 frame, a … Continue reading →

Lewis: Pelicans keep March-ing onward

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Heat guard Toney Douglas fouls Pelicans forward Anthony Davis as he goes after a loose ball during play at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

The Pelicans came into March like a lamb and went out like, well, another lamb. But between the 108-76 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on March 1 — the worst loss of the season — and the 102-97 loss to Sacramento on Monday that officially clinched a third straight losing record, the team went … Continue reading →

Pelicans seek to halt tailspin at Denver

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Pelican's, Tyreke Evans dribbles the ball toward the basket as King's, Ben McLemore, left, tries to block him in a NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. Monday, March 31, 2014.

The New Orleans Pelicans were on a five-game winning streak that had them encouraged about finishing the last quarter of the season on a high note. That was before they ran into a buzzsaw at San Antonio on Saturday. That one was expected. However, the Pelicans followed that one by being pushed around at home on … Continue reading →

Anthony Davis returns, but Kings top Pelicans

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- The Pelicans' Anthony Davis attempts a shot against Sacramento on Monday night in the Smoothie King Center.

For a team with the second-worst record in the Western Conference, the Sacramento Kings are known for throwing their weight around. Doing just that helped them move past the New Orleans Pelicans, even with the return of power forward Anthony Davis. With DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento’s 6-foot-11, 270-pound center, leading the way, the Kings pummeled the Pelicans … Continue reading →

Pelicans looking to start another streak

New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42), of France, is defended by San Antonio Spurs forwards Tim Duncan (21) and Boris Diaw, also of France, during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 96-80. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

The New Orleans Pelicans look to bounce back when they play the Sacramento Kings on Monday night at Smoothie Kings Center. The Pelicans were on a five-game winning streak, four against teams in playoff positions. That was before Saturday night’s loss at the white-hot San Antonio Spurs, who made the Pelicans the 17th consecutive opponent they have … Continue reading →

San Antonio Spurs drub New Orleans Pelicans

Associated Press photo by DARREN ABATE -- Pelicans guard Austin Rivers shoots against San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, and guards Marco Belinelli, left, and Cory Joseph during the second half Saturday in San Antonio. San Antonio won 96-80.

SAN ANTONIO — The New Orleans Pelicans could have blamed a lopsided 96-80 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on a lot of factors. Anthony Davis, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, joined a growing list of injuries. Eric Gordon was out again, too. New Orleans was playing on the road in the second game … Continue reading →

Notebook: Pelicans’ Tyreke Evans shows improved 3-point shooting

Associated Press photo by BRANDON WADE -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans dribbles against the Mavericks in February in Dallas.

One of the more surprising aspects of the improved play of Pelicans guard/forward Tyreke Evans has been his 3-point shooting lately. In averaging 22 points per game since becoming a starter Feb. 28, Evans has shot 39.1 percent. “I’ve just been working on it,” Evans said. “I’ve always known I can shoot.” When Evans came to the Pelicans from … Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis to miss Spurs game

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMANNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will miss Saturday's game against the San Antonio Spurs, but his left ankle injury is not considered seriouis the team reported.

SAN ANTONIO — An ankle injury will keep Anthony Davis from playing against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night. That’s the bad news for the New Orleans Pelicans. The good news is the injury to Davis’ left ankle is not considered serious. “It’s a joint/soft tissue injury right now,” New Orleans coach Monty … Continue reading →

Monty Williams doesn’t want Pelicans to look past Utah

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The Pelicans won 98-96. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

The New Orleans Pelicans are on a four-game winning streak, with each beaten opponent occupying playoff seedings as the NBA season winds to its close. Two of the victories came against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the hottest teams in the league. Sandwiched between those two was a win in which … Continue reading →

Pelicans hang on to beat Clippers 98-96

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- New Orleans' Luke Babbitt drives past the Clippers' Danny Granger on Wednesday night in the Smoothie King Center.

Apparently, there’s strength in a lack of numbers. And size. The New Orleans Pelicans, with three backcourt players missing because of injuries or illness, found a way to turn that into advantage in a surprising 98-96 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center. It was the fourth win in … Continue reading →