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    New Orleans Pelicans Game Thread: New York Knicks @ New Orleans Pelicans 4/14/2021 7:30 pm [Game #56]





    (28-27) -- (25-29)

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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks New Orleans Pelicans
    Mitchell Robinson - foot surgery (OUT) James Johnson - Sore right wrist (QUEST)
    John Henson - Strained right calf (QUEST) Lonzo Ball -Lleft hip flexor (DOUBT)
    - Josh Hart - Right thumb torn UCL surgery (OUT)


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    The New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks each have won three games in a row as they prepare to meet twice in five days, beginning with a Wednesday night matchup in New Orleans.

    Zion Williamson has averaged 35 points during the Pelicans' three-game streak. In Monday's a 117-110 victory over Sacramento, Williams scored 30 points and Brandon Ingram had 34.

    "I love playing with Brandon," Williamson said. "He's a great player. I think we complement each other very well. When it's time to win, we both know what we've got to do."

    Both Williamson (averaging 26.8 points) and Ingram (24.0) have missed time recently because of injury, but the Pelicans are 9-3 in the last 12 games they have both played. It was the fourth time this season they have both scored 30-plus points in the same game.

    "Zion was doing what Zion does," Ingram said. "We just did what we needed to do down the stretch."

    The Pelicans led the Kings by 23 points at halftime and saw the lead shrink to four late in the game. Not only were they finishing a back-to-back, but they were also playing their eighth game in 12 days.

    "I said to my wife today before I left the house, 'I hope our players aren't as tired as I am,'" New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I don't even run up and down the court. The whole season has been a grind, but that's a grueling schedule. I think that showed in the second half."

    New York completed a three-game homestand Monday night with a 111-96 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Julius Randle had 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Knicks in the start of consecutive games against Randle's former teams. He played his first four seasons with the Lakers and played with the Pelicans for one season before joining the Knicks before last season.

    "(The Lakers) are a good defensive team, and I was just aggressive from the start," Randle said, "and it's important early on the second night of a back-to-back to bring energy. And that's what I tried to do."

    Another former Pelican, Elfrid Payton, scored 20 points and Derrick Rose added 14 off the bench for the Knicks.

    "There's ups and downs in a season, and you have to keep going," New York coach Tom Thibodeau said. "If you get knocked down, dust yourself off, get up and come back with more fight and grit. That's what this team has. It has a togetherness and a belief that we can get it done."

    The Knicks outrebounded the Lakers 47-33, and posted season highs by forcing 24 turnovers and recording 14 steals.

    "I think, in general, it's an important step for our team to take, to start with our defense," Thibodeau said. "We wanted that to be a big part of our foundation. Hopefully that's something that you can count on each and every night is your defense, rebounding."

    --Field Level Media

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .... This is going to be a fun Game to watch ..
    PF-Julius -vs- PF-Zion leading the point on offense all game .. Randle should have the edge lol

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    Thibs .. need a strong 2nd unit front-court of Knox OBI and Taj vs Adams & Zion

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    Zion grabbed 2 offensive rebounds over Randle .. not looking good tied at 26 to end the first quarter

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    Half-Time .. Knicks 53 - Pelicans 52

    Randle's missed shot on the Knicks last 5 offensive possession did not help the 11 pt lead the knicks had in 2nd qtr. Zion went coast to coast in the Pels 7-0 run.

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .... This is going to be a fun Game to watch ..
    PF-Julius -vs- PF-Zion leading the point on offense all game .. Randle should have the edge lol

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    Taj making a lot of plays out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    Taj making a lot of plays out there.
    I suggested Thibs replace Noel with Taj in the starting 5 based on the 2nd units net rating being better with Taj than the starting 5 with Noel. Thibs might be forced to use Taj as the starter with Noel out with that sprained ankle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    I suggested Thibs replace Noel with Taj in the starting 5 based on the 2nd units net rating being better with Taj than the starting 5 with Noel. Thibs might be forced to use Taj as the starter with Noel out with that sprained ankle.
    Taj Gibson is a 15 yr experience PF from the old school NBA .. Taj has been a great mentor for the Knicks the past 2 seasons. Putting Taj in the starter lineup may stop the growth of our two rookies (Obi & IQ) in the 2nd unit lineup. Last night Noel was DNP and rookie Obi receive less playing-time minute than he been averaging.
    I will admit, I'm happy for the 6.10 rookie Pelle will get his chance to receive playing-time minute, I like his raw gritty style in the paint.

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    Tied 89 - 89 late in the 3rd. This is not our type of game. Too much scoring. If our defense doesnít start getting more stops, we are going to have trouble keeping up.

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    Under Thibs, the Knicks arenít afraid to be aggressive. Pelicans try to have Zion run the point to close the 3rd and Knicks double team him with Obi and Burks. Leads to the only turnover of the 3rd quarter for either team. Knicks lead by 4 going into the 4th.

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    Improved defensive intensity and Burks catching fire has up by 11. Ton of time left in the 4th though.

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    Randle with his 7th 30 plus point game this season.

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    Burks hits the contested 3 and the lead is 9 with less than 2 minutes to go. He has 21 points.

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    Knicks beat the trap and Taj gets an open dunk to stretch the lead to 8. 40 seconds to go.

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