New Orleans Pelicans: Grades for close loss vs. Nuggets

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Brandon Ingram of the New Orleans Pelicans
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Nuggets: Grades for the wings

C-. . Wing. New Orleans Pelicans. BRANDON INGRAM

Brandon Ingram really struggled against the Denver Nuggets.

Ingram went off for 36 points against the Lakers in the New Orleans Pelicans’ previous game; however, he had a down night. These types of games happen over the course of an NBA season and it’s nothing to worry about, but Ingram’s team-low -29 mirrored his impact on the floor.

The Pels’ wing really struggled to get into an offensive rhythm. Once his shots weren’t going in, he started second-guessing himself and failed to play within the flow of the offense. He was 5-of-17 from the field, even though he made a trifecta of three-pointers.

On top of that, Ingram’s irregular play in the clutch continued. He missed a good look at the rim on a drive and then didn’t convert on a completely open spot-up corner three.

. Wing. New Orleans Pelicans. JOSH HART. B+

Solid as always.

As we know, Josh Hart will be a restricted free agent this summer. He isn’t one of the flashiest names on the market, but I expect him to command a significant market. Any team with playoff or championship aspirations would love to have a player as dependable as Hart. He embodies the definition of a role player and glue guy.

Hart scored ten points and gathered eight rebounds. He also played well on defense, switching up and down positions on a whim. You could spot Hart on Michael Porter Jr. or Jamal Murray, for instance, within the same quarter.

Going forward, let’s see if Wes Iwundu is added to the Pels’ wing rotation.