Mar 6, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) and forward DeMarcus Cousins (0) plead their case to referee Leroy Richardson (20) in the third quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 88-83. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports /
The New Orleans Pelicans could not manufacture enough offense to outlast the Utah Jazz, losing 88-83 on the road Monday night.
It was just one of those nights for the New Orleans Pelicans. They faced off against one of the best defenses in the NBA in the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz’s defense and the Pelicans’ offensive struggles were both on display tonight. Both teams played a very sloppy game, as they were both coming on the second night of a back-to-back.
The story of the game for the Pelicans was their inability to make shots. New Orleans started of the game slow, as they shot 27 percent in the first half. They would finish the game shooting 35 percent from the field.
Utah was not great either, as they finished shooting just under 41 percent. It was an all-around sloppy game and the Jazz happened to play a little bit better tonight. It’s a difficult loss for the Pelicans, as their playoff hopes diminish.
Both teams had a turnover problem tonight. The Jazz and Pelicans finished with just about the same turnovers. New Orleans had 20, while Utah was just one under that. New Orleans will not win many games, when their big three are 13-41 from the field.
Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert played well for the Jazz and gave them enough to squeak out the 88-83 win.
A bright spot for the Pelicans was newly acquired guard Jordan Crawford. Jordan, on day one of his 10 day contract, was probably the best player for the Pelicans tonight. Crawford was 8-15 from the field for 19 points and made a few clutch baskets for the Pelicans, to keep the game competitive.