Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry to begin taking a few minutes off Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday
Prior to their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry told reporters he’s going to start playing superstar power forward Anthony Davis and point guard Jrue Holiday less.
Anthony Davis leads the league in minutes per game, as he’s playing 36.8 minutes a night. Jrue Holiday is right behind The Brow at 36.7.
Gentry said he’s going to taper back the minutes on both AD and Holiday, starting tonight.
They lead the NBA in minutes per game.
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) December 12, 2018
The Pelicans started the season 4-0 and were all smiles. Since then, however, the team is just 10-15 and has been riddled with injuries, which is why Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday have been playing so much. New Orleans entered Wednesday with a record of 14-15.
On the season, Anthony Davis is putting up monster numbers. The five-time All-Star is averaging 27.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Jrue Holiday, meanwhile, is having an All-Star-caliber season. The 28-year-old is averaging 20.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game and shooting 47.8 percent from the floor, 30.0 percent from the 3-point line and 76.4 percent from the charity stripe. Holiday is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA.
Despite Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis playing great, the Pelicans are in 11th place in the Western Conference.