What the New Orleans Pelicans need to do differently vs. Timberwolves

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The New Orleans Pelicans need to move the ball and take care of it

The Pelicans committed 30 (yes you read that correctly) turnovers vs. the Timberwolves, which was the primary reason they lost the first game.

The Timberwolves were able to convert those turnovers into 21 fast break points, so the Pelicans loose offense was costing them on the other end.

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This is an unacceptable number for a professional basketball team, hell, it’s unacceptable for a high school team if we are being honest.

Some of this comes from young players learning to play together and building chemistry, but a lot of it is just plain carelessness.

You can’t throw soft passes in the NBA and expect them to reach their mark, as players are too fast and athletic. You also shouldn’t be trying high degree of difficulty passes if the simple and easy pass is there instead.

So many of the Pelicans’ turnovers come from carelessness. It is very frustrating and something that this young team has to focus on stopping.

They had just 15 assists to 30 turnovers and you will not ever win a game in the NBA like that. With Zion Williamson out, the Pels need to move the ball more, make the right pass and quit having huge mental lapses where they just throw the ball away on consecutive possessions which has happened several times already this season.