The New Orleans Pelicans continue to struggle without the presence of center DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup. Before he suffered that horrible injury a few weeks ago, the Pelicans were on their way to becoming a serious threat in the Western Conference. At the current moment, the Pelicans have dropped to the 9th spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
The majority of you already know that 9th place will not qualify a team to make the playoffs. The front office has made some crucial moves since the Cousins injury, however; they have not established any rhythm going forward.
After losing to the Philadelphia 76ers 100-82 last night, their current record is 28-26. For the Pelicans to make the playoffs, then other players need to step up and contribute especially starting point-guard Jrue Holiday. In my opinion, Holiday has not lived up to his five-year 126 million dollar contract.
If a Jrue Holiday to Anthony Davis connection could be established, it would change their losing fortunes significantly. Another area that the Pelicans need to improve in is their defense.
Even when DeMarcus Cousins was in the lineup, the Pelicans would win ball games, but their defense would give up a lot of points as well. Playoffs or no playoffs, Alvin Gentry and Dell Demps must address the Pels defensive woes in the offseason.
If they fail to make the postseason for the third time under the Gentry/Demps Regime, will owner Tom Benson make wholesale changes to this roster along with the front office? The DeMarcus Cousins injury might give Alvin Gentry and Dell Demps an alibi.
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