Pelicans to sit Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, E’Twaun Moore vs. Warriors
Coming back-to-back crippling losses to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday and Friday, the New Orleans Pelicans have been eliminated from playoff contention and thus plan to sit out starters Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and E’Twaun Moore against the Golden State Warriors tonight, according to ESPN’s Justin Verrier.
After a valiant 8-3 stretch, the Pels dropped three straight games — two of them against the main obstacle in their way, losing by an average of 9.5 points against the ninth-seeded Nuggets, who now sit a game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the last playoff spot in the West.
The Warriors will likely be without point guard Stephen Curry, who is doubtful with a left knee contusion, though it’s probable it’s only for precautionary measures.
The Pelicans could run with a dual point-man attack of Tim Frazier and Jrue Holiday, while slotting Solomon Hill and Dante Cunningham at the wing, with a combination of Alexis Ajinca and Donatas Motiejunas at center.
The team recently signed point guard Quinn Cook to a two-year deal following two 10-day contracts — he should see some time backing up Frazier at the point tonight. The deal will cover the rest of this season, plus the next, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
New Orleans will have no choice but to do their best to acquire parts to put around “Fire and Ice” and work on an offensive system that can maximize the offensive potential in having two of the best big men in the game.