New Orleans Pelicans Grades: Pels Fall Short Versus Utah Jazz

Mar 27, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) defends against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz won 108-100. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) defends against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz won 108-100. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Pelicans fell short of defeating the Utah Jazz on the second game of a road back-to-back by a score of 108-100.

The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Denver Nuggets in a big away game on the night before.

However, they could not win on the back-to-back against a stifling defense in the Utah Jazz. Losing to the Jazz is a bad loss especially at this point in the season. Mostly due to the Pelicans are fighting for playoff contention and the Jazz without their star forward in Gordon Hayward.

The balance scoring of the Jazz was just too much for the Pelicans to compete against. Especially when their star player in Anthony Davis could rarely rest in tonight’s game.

The New Orleans Pelicans were without DeMarcus Cousins again, who is currently dealing with an ankle sprain. The Jazz finished the game with five players who had at least 14 points. Rudy Gobert had his way on the boards, but Davis gave him a very tough matchup. Gobert finished with 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks.

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C. Tim Frazier did not attempt a shot in the first half and had four assists versus Utah. Frazier could have been a lot more aggressive tonight, as he was the starting point guard once again. Tim finished with just four points on four shot attempts, but did have six assists. However, most of those came in the first half. Not a great second half for Frazier. It would have been nice for him to at least hit double figures, especially in the limited minutes when Davis was on the bench and the team needed scoring. Hopefully, Frazier can get back to playing how he played earlier in the year, against good teams such as the Warriors. That might give him some confidence, because it seems like that’s what he’s been lacking lately.. PG. . TIM FRAZIER

B+. Jrue Holiday had himself a nice first half, with eight points, three assists and two rebounds. He finished the game with 19 points and five assists. Holiday and Davis were the reason the Pelicans were in the game in the first half and had a pretty decent game. Jrue also chipped in, with three of the Pelicans 10 threes against the Jazz. Holiday was one of three players who finished with a positive plus/minus for the Pelicans. Therefore, he is not to take up much of the blame for tonight’s loss. He also was the second leading scorer behind Davis.. SG/PG. . JRUE HOLIDAY

Solomon Hill had a pretty solid first half, finishing with five points and four rebounds. Hill would not have a bad game, as he finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. He was one of four Pelicans who finished in double digits. Solo was also efficient with the shot attempts that he did have. He was 4-6 from the field and 2-3 from the three-point line. Hill made the most of his oppportunites tonight, so it’s hard to complain about the effort he displayed against the Jazz. However, Hill has cooled down a lot since his 30-point performance against Houston. Still, tonight was a pretty decent game for Solo.. SF/PF. . SOLOMON HILL. B

B. Dante Cunningham, along with Holiday and Davis, were the only Pelican players to finish with a positive plus-minus. Cunningham finished the game with eight points and four boards. He knocked down two of his four three-point attempts. In a game where the New Orleans Pelicans only made 10 total threes and struggled to make those, Cunningham gets a good grade for knocking down 50 percent of his.. PF/SF. . DANTE CUNNINGHAM

. ANTHONY DAVIS. A. Anthony Davis single handily kept the Pelicans in the game, during the first half. Davis had 24 points in the first 24 minutes and was looking to make his mark against his defensive matchup in Rudy Gobert. A.D. dominated his matchup in the first half, as he had 16 points in the second quarter alone. Davis had another monster game, finishing with 36 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and three steals. Gobert, of course, did not go away easily.<p>However, Davis made it as tough as possible on him as he could. The Pelicans struggled without Davis in the game, as he only sat a total of seven minutes. When he sat, including to start the second quarter, the Pelicans struggled to find any offense. Davis did a good job of making jump shots and forcing Gobert to make a decision if he wanted to come out and contest, or stay in the lane and protect the paint. Unfortunately, his dominant performance was not enough to give the Pelicans the win on a back-to-back.</p>. C/PF

C-. Jordan Crawford had seven points in the first half and finished the game with 14 points. However, it took him 16 shots to get there. Crawford had a shooting night he wants to forget, as he shot 5-16 from the field. Tonight was definitely bad for Crawford, but he was due for one of these games. He has still been solid off the bench scoring for the New Orleans Pelicans, since he was originally acquired on a 10-day contact.. SG. . JORDAN CRAWFORD

C. E’Twaun Moore simply had a game where he did not help the Pels, but also did nothing to hurt his team.. SF/SG. . E'TWAUN MOORE

ALEXIS AJINCA. C. Alexis Ajinica only played eight minutes and shot 2-3 from the field for four points. Hard to grade him badly for what he did in his limited time on the court, as Alvin Gentry basically ran a seven-man rotation tonight.. C.

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The New Orleans Pelicans will face the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. It is another big game, because the Mavs are right above the Pelicans in playoff contention, fighting for the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Tip off is on schedule for 7:00 p.m. CST.