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    New Orleans Pelicans Game Thread: New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans 3:30 1/14/2018 [Game #43]





    (21-20) -- (19-23)

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    Injury Report

    New Orleans Pelicans New York Knicks
    Alexis Ajinca - Right knee injury (OUT) No injuries to report
    Tony Allen - Left fibula racture (OUT) -
    Solomon Hill - Left hamstring tear (OUT) -
    Frank Jackson - Right foot fracture (OUT) -
    Charles Cooke - G League Transfer -




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    NEW YORK -- The high-scoring New Orleans Pelicans head to Madison Square Garden on Sunday to play slumping New York, some two weeks after the Knicks shut down everyone but the Pelicans' Big 2 in a 105-103 victory at New Orleans.

    Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins -- the league's most dominant down-low duo -- combined for 60 points and 28 rebounds in the Dec. 30 game.

    But it was Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks' talented young post-and-perimeter threat, who ruled the game during crunch time. Porzingis had seven straight points down the stretch for the Knicks, who evened their record at 18-18 with the win.

    The Knicks are 1-5 since, including two overtime losses and Friday's 118-108 setback at Minnesota.

    "We didn't play well," Porzingis said after the loss to the Timberwolves. "There's a lot of things that come into that. They forced us to turn the ball over. It just wasn't a good (fourth) quarter for us. They're playing home. They turned it up. We didn't really respond."

    While New York has been uneven almost throughout the season, with tremendous peaks and valleys, the Pelicans have been remarkably consistent, albeit mediocre.

    New Orleans (21-20) has been within three games either way of .500 throughout the season, and the Pelicans are 3-4 since winning three straight for the third time this season in mid-to-late-December.

    The problem for New Orleans, much like the Knicks: Aside from the terrifying tandem of Davis and Cousins, the Pelicans have had trouble identifying a third primary scorer as only guard Jrue Holiday (18.1 points per game) averages more than 13 points for New Orleans.

    That has led to some lackadaisical efforts, including Wednesday's 105-102 loss at Memphis, which prompted coach Alvin Gentry to scold his team.

    "Find some urgency," he said. "Start the games with urgency, finding more seriousness to our approach."

    Like the Pelicans, the Knicks have struggled to find a reliable No. 2 for Porzingis, but the return of second-leading scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. goes a long way to address that issue. Hardaway missed 20 games with a lower left leg stress injury but returned Friday with 16 points in 25 minutes.

    "Yeah he looked good -- you can tell he wasn't up to his speed," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. "That's going to take a little while. His speed even at this (stage) is faster than a lot of our guys. His speed will pick up and ability to drive to the basket. Maybe he's not ready to make that two-set drive from the top of the key."

    Hardaway's return could spark a New York offense that ranks 21st in the NBA in scoring, and Porzingis in particular.

    When Hardaway was sidelined in early December, Porzingis was averaging better than 27 points for the eason. In the month of January, without Hardaway, he's scored 19 points per game.
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    (Thanks tiger for covering the previous game thread, i was out and by the time i got back home the game was already over. Really appreciate it!!)

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    Thanks for the great game thread, Rady.

    Hornacek is too afraid to shake things up. He has options on the bench who are not getting minutes and he could play with the rotation in a few different ways to try to save this season, but I donít think he will do it. Oh well. Letís go Knicks!

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    Originally Posted by rady
    (Thanks tiger for covering the previous game thread, i was out and by the time i got back home the game was already over. Really appreciate it!!)
    NP Rady. I said you deserved a day off. Thanks for taking the time from you Sunday to do this one.

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    Home game against Pelicans followed by 4 straight road games against teams with bad records (Brooklyn, Memphis, Utah, Lakers). If Hornacek canít lead us to at least 3 wins in these next 5, it is time for Hornacek to go and for us to get in the tank as Mafra and Broadway have preached.

    Iím not ready to give up on this season just yet until I see how these next 5 games play out.
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    Pregame comments from Hornacek say that Trey Burke is good in basically all facets of being an effective PG. No plans for him to play today though.

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    Knicks wearing I have a Dream shirts in pre-game warmups.

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    Kanter with the dagger over Cousins!!!


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    Pelicans defense is non-existent, ours is only slightly better. We lead 15 to 11 less than 6 minutes into the game.

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    On one play Lance Thomas is stopping Rondo, a little later in the quarter he is stopping Anthony Davis. Even if his advanced metrics are supposed to be poor, his defense is legit. Offense is still putrid.

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    Jack nailing his shots so far. Lead is 9.

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    Lead is 27 - 13 with less than a minute to go in the 1st quarter.

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    THJ hits a rainbow shot on a drive against AD to close the quarter. Lead is 29 - 13.

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    McDermott drains the 3. Lead is 32 - 17 in the opening minutes of the 2nd quarter.

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    Knicks signature play. OíQuinn yet again finds McDermott on the backdoor pass for the layup.

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