Rockets shoot Pelicans to another loss

As the season is coming to a close, the losses for the New Orleans Pelicans are mounting up as they have dropped 8 of their last 9 games.

This season for the New Orleans Pelicans has been marred with injuries, dysfunction, and chaos as all of the drama has seemed to take it’s toll on the team. The team has dropped to 31-44 on the season as they have suffered their second straight 20+ loss and second straight game scoring fewer than 100 points as they fall to the Houston Rockets 113-90.

Key stat of the game…

42. Coming into the game, the Pelicans knew the Rockets formula is to shoot as many 3’s as they can as they figure trading 3’s for 2’s would balance out by the number of attempts they take. The issue is as an opponent you cannot get sucked into playing the game they want. The Pelicans fell victim tonight.

While the Rockets made 21 three-point shoots on the night and shot 42% from beyond the arc, the Pelicans were a polar opposite as they only made 7 three-pointers and shot a cold 25% from three-point land. The Rockets are built for that type of game. The Pelicans are not and it showed in a major way on Sunday night.

It was over when…

Just about when it started. The Rockets raced out to a 10-2 lead en route to a 14 point lead after the 1st quarter. James Harden and Eric Gordon outscored the Pelicans themselves as they combined for 24 points compared to the Pelicans 19 for the quarter. The Rockets extended this to a 19 point halftime lead and never looked back. The Pelicans never threatened again as the Rockets get a coast to coast victory.

Player of the game…

There have not been too many bright spots later on in the season, but the continued improvement of guard Frank Jackson is more than encouraging. The second year guard has now scored in double-figures in nine straight games as he finished this one with 19 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds. His continued improvement proves he may be a key piece to the Pelicans future.

Next: Is Jrue Holiday done for the season?

The New Orleans Pelicans are in the midst of a 5 game homestand as they host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.