Pelicans bring back coach Alvin Gentry next season

Pelicans to bring back coach Gentry

Pelicans to bring back coach Gentry

New Orleans led the National Basketball Association in pace this season, averaging 102.7 possessions per game, helping spur its second half renaissance.

He said after that, the Pelicans had to learn to operate without their first team Western Conference All-Star center.

The passcode provided to full season ticket holders was shared with the general public, which resulted in the sale of around 2,500 tickets per game that should have been made available to Insider members or those with full season plans accounts before being made available to the public.

In other words, they did what needed to be done, albeit disjointedly, thus setting up a second-round match with the New Orleans Pelicans that will be more hard, more intriguing, and with this level of defensive intent, perhaps more decisively. The Pelicans were 27-21 in games Cousins appeared in.

The Western Conference sixth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans dispatched the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers like a hot knife through butter and will now face the defending world champion Golden State Warriors, the West's second seed, starting Saturday in Oakland. However, it is quite obvious that Golden State will be large favorites over the surging Pelicans.

Davis and Nikola Mirotic can be thanked for closing off the paint, as the pair had defensive ratings of 100.9 and 100.7 points per 100 possessions, respectively.

There have been light rumblings suggesting coach Terry Stotts could be fired, but that would only happen if Olshey goes, too. And in three of the four games, they shot better than 51 percent from the field, culminating in a ridiculous 57.7 percent in Game 4.

"They came out and said this was going to be a scrimmage game", said Davis in his post-game interview on Fox Sports, following that big win three years ago. Holiday's star stock has risen with each New Orleans victory, and Game 4 against the Trail Blazers - when he scored 41 points and added eight assists - was his finest performance yet.

Gentry's lengthy head coaching resume includes stints with the Phoenix Suns (2008-13), Los Angeles Clippers (2000-03), Detroit Pistons (1997-2000) and Miami Heat (1994-95). Most importantly, he likes what he does.

Having a veteran guard like Rajon Rondo to run the offense helped. New Orleans' two best players, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, are lockdown mid-range shooters, converting on 47.4% and 53.8% of their shots, respectively.

Of course, the challenge will be even greater for the Pelicans.

"I know in my country, for example - or Spain, or Serbia - they all talk about him".

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