The New Orleans Pelicans got the type of victory against the Boston Celtics that could turn their season around, but only if they make it happen.
The Pels came back from 24 points down to tie the game late in the 4th quarter on a Brandon Ingram 3-pointer, only to eventually win the game in overtime.
It was a contentious game throughout as the refs were horrible for both teams, which led to a lot of arguing and the ejection of J.J. Redick, a moment that was a turning point in the game.
The small but vocal crowd (led by Alvin Kamara) got involved and the Pelicans fed off that energy in the second half, especially down the stretch.
But we’ve seen the New Orleans Pelicans do this before and know all too well that the same team might not show up in the next game against the Pistons.
This one does feel different though, and if the Pels stay focused they can use this victory to close the first half of the schedule on a high note and make a run at the playoffs.
Here’s how the Pels can build on their victory over the Celtics.
New Orleans Pelicans: The Pels can’t let up against bad teams
The Pelicans have a bad habit of playing down to their competition, as they did recently in a loss against the Detroit Pistons, who are the worst team in the Eastern Conference.
The Pelicans will get another shot at the Pistons on Wednesday night and also have games against the Bulls and Heat before the first half is finished.
The Pelicans absolutely cannot lose any of these games, as these are teams they should beat (maybe with the exception of Miami who is playing better lately) and a loss to any of them would essentially undo any of the momentum they built in against the Celtics.