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    New Orleans Pelicans Game thread: New York Knicks @ New Orleans Pelicans 8:00 11/16/2018 [Game #16]




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    Injury Report


    New York Knicks New Orleans Pelicans
    Mitchell Robinson - Sprained right ankle (PROB) Elfrid Payton - Right Ankle Sprain (TBA)
    Lance Thomas - Left knee surgery (OUT) Trevon Bluiett - G League transfer (OUT)
    Courtney Lee - Extended neck pain (OUT) -
    Kristaps Porzingis - Left knee (OUT) -
    Luke Kornet - G League assignment (OUT) -

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    The New Orleans Pelicans miss point guard Elfrid Payton's ball handling and defense.

    But they are getting a scoring boost on the perimeter from E'Twaun Moore's scoring.

    Payton has missed the last nine games because of a sprained ankle. Coach Alvin Gentry said Payton could have played in a 107-100 loss at Minnesota on Wednesday night, but he held him out because Payton wasn't 100 percent.

    The point guard could be back in the lineup when New Orleans hosts the New York Knicks on Friday night.

    With or without Payton, New Orleans hopes Moore can keep up the pace he has been setting. He scored 31 points against the Timberwolves, two nights after he had 30 in a 126-110 victory at Toronto. In the last three games, he has shot 65 percent from the floor and made 8 of 15 3-pinters.

    But his performance against Minnesota didn't prevent a slow start by New Orleans, which fell behind by as many as 21 points before rallying to momentarily take its only lead of the game in the fourth quarter.

    "It was tough," Moore told the Pelicans team website. "We dug ourselves a hole early, simple little things early. It takes too much effort to come back and try to win."

    Nikola Mirotic returned from a two-game absence due to an ankle injury to get 16 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes, but he twisted the same ankle in the final minute Wednesday. His status will be updated Friday.

    Mirotic's return enabled Julius Randle to return to the bench but even his presence didn't prevent the Pelicans reserves from having a poor night as they were outscored by their Wolves counterparts, 22-5.

    "You've got to start the game the right way, and we didn't do it," Gentry told the Pelicans team website. "We battled back and the defense really picked up (in the second half) and we closed the gap, but then we had some really poor possessions. Those are the things that cost you."

    New Orleans committed 18 turnovers and scored just four points in the final 4 1/2 minutes.

    "They outhustled us," Pelicans forward Anthony Davis told the Pelicans team website, "not just the last couple possessions but the entire game. We want to play fast, controlled chaos but you know I think we try to do it and try to get everything back in one possession."

    Knicks coach David Fizdale changed his lineup at Oklahoma City on Wednesday, but New York lost 128-103 in its third consecutive lopsided loss even though the Thunder played without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.

    "We gave up 128 points for the second time (in three games)," center Enes Kanter told the New York Post. "We were No. 1 in transition defense and tonight was pretty bad."

    Fitzdale inserted Emmanuel Mudiay into the starting lineup at point guard and rookie Kevin Knox made his first NBA start.

    "With young teams that's just how it is," Fizdale told Newsday. "If everybody was a complete player right now, I think we'd be in a lot different situation record wise. Every game for us is (a lesson)."

    The result was an even slower start for the Knicks than the Pelicans had against the Timberwolves. The Thunder had a 37-22 lead after the first quarter.

    "We started off slow just like the other one, no different," Fizdale said of the new lineup. "But I want to look at it a little more.

    "I'm not worried. That group will continue competing through the whole year. We'll get our butts kicked some but we won't back down or lay down."

    (STATS / cbssports.com)

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    Thanks, Rady.

    For the love of God, can our guys at least make this game watchable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    Thanks, Rady.

    For the love of God, can our guys at least make this game watchable?
    That's what I said. First couple of games they were playing like Fiz said they would play, fast with ball movement and D. Lately it looks like a fire drill out there with guys just looking for their own shots. Knox trying to force layups with 3 guys surrounding him, THJ with the 28 ft 3s etc. I said Fiz better have some idea of his go to lineup by DEC and he said that after 25 games he should know what he has to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    Thanks, Rady.

    For the love of God, can our guys at least make this game watchable?
    That's what I said. First couple of games they were playing like Fiz said they would play, fast with ball movement and D. Lately it looks like a fire drill out there with guys just looking for their own shots. Knox trying to force layups with 3 guys surrounding him, THJ with the 28 ft 3s etc.

    I said Fiz better have some idea of his go to lineup by DEC and he said that after 25 games he should know what he has to work with, 25 games would be DEC.

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    That's Fiz tweak Trier replacing Vonleh, ��. I doubt it works.

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .... We are on a 3 road Game of Embarrassment .. Puppet Fizdale will start 3 rookies tonight .. Trier / Knox / and MitchRob !!!

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    Knox misses the first shot a 3. We have 3 chuckers on this team, THJ Zo and Knox.

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    Now it looks like they're finding a rhythm

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    Might be the best 5 mins Mudiay has played as a Knick. 3-4 7pts 2rbs and a block no dimes.

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    Great start by the Knicks. Fluke or did Fizdale figure something out?

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    Sloppy play and poor shooting by the Pels. Knicks up 26-14 1 min left 1st qtr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    Great start by the Knicks. Fluke or did Fizdale figure something out?
    Pels playing like crap. 6 tos, 30% shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    Thanks, Rady.

    For the love of God, can our guys at least make this game watchable?
    This one is very watchable

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    This game is reminding me how much more I like Ntilikina when he is on the court with Burke. Burke carries the heavy lifting at the point and gives Ntilikina a chance to pick his openings every few plays. Ntilikina knocked down a nice jumper and then a couple plays later had a nice assist to Kanter.

    Great 1st quarter from the Knicks.

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    Pelicans do not look like a 7-7 team

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