Pelicans bench plays strong as NOLA beats Celtics 108-89

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 18: Anthony Davis
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 18: Anthony Davis /

The Boston Celtics were in town Sunday looking to end their season series with a victory. The Pelicans, who found themselves in eighth place overall in the Western conference had another idea.

What we liked: The Rest/Result

The Pelicans haven’t had many games where their two best players log low minutes. Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday finished with 33 and 28 respectively tonight. Given their nights in the high 30’s and sometimes 40’s, Sunday was a break they could use, especially with the schedule they have upcoming.

What we didn’t like: The Start

The Pelicans had a rough start Sunday trailing by eight after the first quarter against Boston. In a tight matchup most hoped New Orleans would put away Boston early. They ended up doing so for their standards, but could have made life even easier with a better start.

When it was over: When the Pelicans starters were pulled

With about three minutes to go the Pels were able to rest their starters. It’s a rare sight but up 20 they finally had the luxury to do so. We hope to see more games like these in the future.


1. Diallo’s monster game

The bench in total carried the Pelicans at times Sunday. We’ll get to Nikola Mirotic’s game next, but we must start with Diallo. It’s a given Diallo will provide energy and a motor. Sometimes that alone puts him in great situations. Sunday was an example of a disciplined Diallo having another one of his best games of this season. He managed to finish with a season-high 17 points, six rebounds and one huge block.

We’ll take more of that Cheick!

2. Mirotic also manages a double double

While Nikola Mirotic has struggled with his shot it hasn’t stopped his effort. While finishing 4-12 from the field, Mirotic provided 16 points and 10 rebounds. With his outside shot failing again Niko setup inside and attacked the basket more often which, in turn, resulted in a few apperances at the charity stripe. He finished 7-9 from the free throw line. Eventually he’ll have a breakout game, but until then, enjoy this one.

3. Solomon Hill Returns

After speculating a return for weeks now Solomon Hill made his long awaited return. There wasn’t much to note in the eight minutes he played, but it was good to see him out there. Hope to see him produce healthy memories for a team that will need his size and defense down the stretch. Happy birthday Solo!

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The Pelicans start a three games in three days stretch Tuesday at home. If there’s a bright spot it’s that they don’t have to leave NOLA during that span. No matter the case, every game is a must win from here on out for the Pels. The time for excuses is over.