April 11, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) moves the ball against New Orleans Pelicans guard Quinn Cook (22) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
The New Orleans Pelicans let the Lakers get the crowd involved, as L.A.’s energy pushed them ahead and would be enough to hold on for another Pels’ loss.
This is a game the New Orleans Pelicans sat their superstars and let the youngsters take over.
Unfortunately, the Los Angles Lakers’ youngsters would steal the show Tuesday night. New Orleans would be outscored 51-43 in the second half. In the end, they could not keep up with the fire of the Lakers. Their crowd kept excitement high and pushed their players to outplay the Pels.
Tonight’s game is a wake up call to this young Pelicans squad. While they were missing stars, this was against the third-worst team in the NBA in the Lakers. Los Angeles let their growing players take the stage and they delivered.
On the Pels side, the promise is there. Guys like Cheick Diallo put up their true promise. Diallo would lead the Pels, with 19 points and 11 rebounds on the night. However, the collective execution fell a bit flat. With just one game remaining, this had the look of a game the Pelicans checked out of.
The leading scorer for L.A. was none other than Metta World Peace. No, you are not reading that incorrectly. The man formerly known as Ron Artest had 18 points on 7-17 shooting from the field. He had the hot hand early and, with the crowd cheering him on like crazy, took the game by the reigns.
The New Orleans Pelicans will finish the NBA season tomorrow in Portland. They will take on the playoff bound Trail-Blazers. Tip-off is on schedule for 9:30 p.m. CST. The game will also appear on ESPN.