NEW YORK – The New Orleans Pelicans have lost seven of their past nine games. They're in 14th place in the Western Conference.
Superstar Anthony Davis said "Everyone is in the saddle."
"We're a better team than our record shows." Players, coaches, front office We've just got to do better, Davis said after the Pelicans 126-121 Lost to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
Davis had 34 points and a career-high 26 Rebounds Against the Nets New Orleans' Shoddy Defense. The Pelicans (17-22) allowed Brooklyn to shoot 60 percent in the first half and put up 73 points – the Nets' highest first-half total in 16 years.
"We were not playing no defense," Davis said. They were not physical, they were not talking … they were a lot of layups, they were a lot of open 3s. They shot the ball
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Davis, though, credited New Orleans for improving its defense in the second half. The Pelicans held Brooklyn to 42 percent shooting after halftime.
The Five-Time All-Star So Expressed That The Pelicans Have Got It. Elfrid Payton recently returned to the lineup after missing nearly 30 games due to ankle and hand injuries. Nikola Mirotic has missed 10 games because of an ankle injury.
"We know what we did last year. We know how good this team is this year," Davis said, "the Portland Trail Blazers in a first-round sweep in the 2018 playoffs. "We just got [Payton] back, and then we have Niko out; we can not stay healthy. We still have to go out there and prove it."
Looming over [Pelicans 'season, of course, is Davis' future.]
The 25-year-old wants to be unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020, but he is eligible for a special five-year, $ 239 million supermax extension this
If Davis were to turn down that Supermax deal in July, it would be a devastating blow to the Pelicans, who would have almost no choice but open trade talks, though coach Alvin Gentry said: "We're not trading him under any circumstance."
Davis was asked if it could be a point when he said he would not want to play for a team that is 14th in the Western Conference, the Pelicans currently occupy the stands.
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"I do not. Next question, "he said.