The New Orleans Pelicans should be embarrassed after loss to Minnesota

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Jaylen Nowell #4 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after scoring a three point basket during the fourth quarter of an NBA game against the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Pelicans: Why can’t the Pels beat bad teams?

Of the Pelicans’ 22 losses this season, 13 of them have come against teams that are below .500, including two to the league-worst Timberwolves and one to second-worst Pistons.

For a team that had playoff aspirations coming into the season and has two of the most talented young players in the game, the Pelicans have absolutely stunk against teams who have far less talent, at least on paper.

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Here’s the thing, the games are not played on paper but someone forgot to tell the Pelicans, who think they can just show up and beat bad teams.

News flash, even the worst teams in the NBA are loaded with talented players and if you don’t show up or give consistent effort, you will get embarrassed, as the Pelicans did last night against the Timberwolves.

The Pels allowed rookie Anthony Edwards to drop 27 points on them while their young players barely showed up.

They allowed 2nd-round draft pick Jaylen Nowell to look like an All-Star, dropping 28 points on 6-of-7 from long range with very little resistance from the Pelicans’ “defense.”

The Pels let up 40, 38 and 30 points in the final three quarters against the worst team in the NBA, which is nothing short of pathetic.

The only silver lining is the the Pels’ defense is so bad that they are an easy team to bet, and I have been cashing in all season and did again last night.

Just bet against the Pelicans’ defense and 3-point shooting and you will practically never lose. The Pels hit just 6-of-32 from long range against the 26th ranked defense in the NBA.

It’s time to admit that the reason the New Orleans Pelicans can’t beat the bad teams is that they are one.