Oct 9, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) listens to head coach Monty Williams in the first quarter of their game against the Orlando Magic at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Pelicans Preseason Concludes


Oct 25, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) tip off during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A day after the New Orleans Pelicans final preseason game, the Pelicans find themselves with a 7-1 record. Having only lost to the defending champion Miami Heat. A  7-1 record in the preseason is nothing to brag about as most teams are trying to lower their rosters to 15 players and figuring out rotations, but the Pelicans showed good team chemistry throughout the 8  games. Anthony Davis looks poised and ready to be the leader of this young team as he lead the team this preseason with 20.0 ppg, 6.0 rbg and 2.0 bpg. Although starting shooting guard Eric Gordon only played in 4 preseason games, he averaged 17.0 ppg, shot 52% from deep range and showed signs of having his burst and speed back. The Pelicans will need those 2 players along with new starting point guard Jrue Holiday to stay healthy and to contribute throughout the year to make a playoff run. With the amount of guard play the Pelicans have acquired over the last few years, Eric Gordon commented that the team needs to focus on limiting turnovers to be able to stay competitive and win. One question going into the season is how the Pelicans defense will stand up to the star power of the Western Conference as well as to the teams in the Southwest Division, of which 3 of the 5 teams made the playoffs last year, with the Dallas Mavericks just missing the playoffs. With a pesky guard defense and Davis’s innate ability to block shots and protect the rim, the Pelicans look to create a lot of turnovers which could lead to taking chances and being exploited on defense. The Pelicans weak side defense must be at a premium this year in order to balance out the chances taken on the defensive end. If the Pelicans can stay healthy a playoff spot can be within reach as the young nucleus continues to grow. The Pelicans open their season Wednesday night October 30th, 2013, 8:00 p.m. at New Orleans Arena hosting the Indiana Pacers.

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