“I am a professional sportswriter, among other things, and I take the games seriously. It is only one of my many powerful addictions, and I don’t mind admitting any of them.”
– Hunter S. Thompson
Pelicans shine in final Orlando tune-up, crush Bucks behind JJ Redick’s 20-point third-quarter outburst
So here we are. Primed for basketball and an opportunity to see the Pelicans in the postseason. To do that, the team will have to be what they were during the exhibition schedule and then some, because, to quote the NBA itself, it’s a whole new game.
The New Orleans Pelicans certainly looked like they’ve picked up from where they left off in March, when the NBA season was so unceremoniously halted by the burgeoning and still unrelenting coronavirus pandemic.
But for a few hours there was some altered sense of normalcy, as basketball returned to the landscape. The Pelicans 99-68 win over the injury-ravaged Brooklyn Nets comes four months after they walked off the court in Sacramento, so wide pronouncements about what it means once the real games start on July 30 would be unwise.
NBA bubble will present unprecedented challenges, but Pelicans hope to treat it as another hurdle to climb in a season full of them
“I think coming back now, having that excitement of going back is something that’s really big for us and momentum that we can use. It is still ultimately the goal to make the playoffs…You’ve got teams that are right neck and neck with us, and Memphis who still doesn’t want to let that (playoff spot) go. They’ve had time to rest and they’ve had time to prepare. Mentally, I think it’s going to be one of the biggest challenges that we’ve kind of faced.” – Jrue Holiday
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