Several hours before the New Orleans Pelicans played the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, second-year forward Anthony Davis didn’t hide his frustration about the possibility that he could be sidelined until mid-January because of a broken left hand.
But Pelicans coach Monty Williams is hoping they can keep things together until his eventual return. New Orleans had their three-game winning streak end on Wednesday night after a 100-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at the New Orleans Arena, despite a career-tying 20-rebound effort from forward Al-Farouq Aminu and 26 points from point guard Jrue Holiday.
Tulane will play its first international game since the1996-97 season on Friday but sophomore guard Louis Dabney isn't looking at thetrip as a vacation of any sorts.
Despite traveling to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for two moregames in the Cure UCD Classic, Dabney said the team is still focused on gettingwins in the two games they will play before heading back home.
"This is a business trip for us," Dabney said. "I don'tthink of this as an off day.
Dennis "Dirt" Winston knows what it's like to fight for a goal.
In 1973, he and 12 other black football players at Arkansas comprised the largest signing class of African Americans in Razorbacks history at the time. Now in 2013, the former New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker has guided and witnessed a Grambling State football team fighting for change of its own.
Winston was appointed interim coach of the Tigers on Oct. 17, moved from his post as defensive coordinator in this season of chaos at Grambling.
New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon insists their best offensive option is pushing the pace to score quickly off drives to the basket
But in Tuesday night’s heartbreaking 102-101 loss to the Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Arena, it was Gordon that missed a desperation 3-pointer on the Pelicans’ final possession with one-second remaining that ended their hopes for a victory.
On the play, forward Anthony Davis came up to set a high screen that allowed point guard Jrue Holiday to penetrate before tossing the ball to Gordon, who was open in the left corner.
A short walk from the back door of the house, past a huge oak, is a clearing circled by azaleas. In the center stands a 6-foot-tall statue of St. Joseph, towering over marble plaques in the ground.
The engraving on one of the plaques stands out, if only by virtue of simple mathematics:
Richard Jerome Sanders, III
Dec. 1, 1988 - Nov. 12, 2010
Dr. Richard Sanders visits the spot on his family's sprawling property near Covington often. While the past couple of years have brought a measure of healing to the incomprehensible wound caused by the suicide of his son, Sanders knows the closure he seeks might never be found.
Orlando, Fla. -- When New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams puts in his backups on Friday night against the Orlando Magic, he expects to see a momentum surge they were unable to provide in Wednesday’s season-opening 95-90 loss to Indiana.
With backup forward Ryan Anderson out for one to three weeks with a fractured toe, the Pelicans' (0-1) backups combined to make only 6-of-20 shots for 12 points against the Pacers.
`` We had a lot of slippage,’’ Williams said at his team’s shootaround Friday at the Amway Center.
New Orleans Pelicans small forward Al-Farouq Aminu has avoided reflecting on last season's first meeting against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse because it wasn't a particularly pleasant experience.
He did everything he could to disrupt the Pacers sharpshooting small forward Paul George, but nothing worked. George performed like an All-Star, making a franchise-record nine 3-pointers and scoring 37 points, 33 coming after halftime.
Aminu defended close, but it wasn't close enough.
Behind George, the Pacers finished with 15 3-pointers and beat New Orleans 115-107 in overtime last November.
Throughout the preseason, the New Orleans Pelicans made a concerted effort to quickly build chemistry and they successfully showed signs of achieving it by winning seven of eight games.
But that was the preseason, now comes the real test with the start of the regular season on Wednesday night when the Pelicans open against the Indiana Pacers at the New Orleans Arena.
Whether the Pelicans can emerge as a playoff contending team in the highly competitive Western Conference will largely depend on how well they perform over the first month of the season.
Since making his debut last week against the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing the first four preseason games to improve his conditioning, New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has made 60 percent of his shots from the field and is averaging 18.5 points per game.
Heading into Wednesday’s home preseason opener at the newly renovated New Orleans Arena against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, Gordon hopes to continue making progress.
``It’s been fun and the good thing about it is that we’ve been winning,’’ Gordon said after Monday’s practice.
Lexington, Ky. -- Starting shooting guard Eric Gordon is hoping for a repeat performance from earlier this week when the New Orleans Pelicans play the Washington Wizards on Saturday night at Rupp Arena.
In his preseason debut, Gordon scored 21 points in 20 minutes during Thursday's 105-102 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder that improved the Pelicans' record to 5-0.
After missing the first four games of the preseason to improve his conditioning, Gordon made 6-of-9 shots and 7-of-8 free throws against the Thunder.