The New OrleansPelicans have learned to fly from the nest.
Cousins is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and even if he leaves, the Pelicans wouldn't have enough salary cap space to adequately replace him.
Buddy Hield led the Kings (20-45) with 20 points. They play the Clippers once more, and the one-seeded Rockets twice. They need to re-sign him, and Davis' latest comments on the situation are encouraging for New Orleans basketball fans. The Pelicans were only five games above.500 with several upstart teams vying for their playoff spot.
The Clippers wiped out a 21-point deficit to beat the Pelicans the last time the teams played, less than 24 hours before they pulled off the blockbuster January 29 trade that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons for a package of players and draft picks that included Tobias Harris. He's a guy that's going to do everything he can to help us win games. "We just didn't play like ourselves". "You know, we wish he weren't that way, but you know, he really is".
The Pelicans (37-26) had a 12-3 run over the final 1:16 to pull out the win.
They started their latest must-win game in halting fashion, missing shots and mishandling the ball. We've got to take care of business.
At the end of the third quarter, it appeared the Pelicans had the game in hand, holding a comfortable 15 point lead heading into the game's final frame.
Not only have the players already on the roster improved their play, but GM Dell Demps has supplemented some of Cousins's impact with two new additions in Nikola Mirotic and Emeka Okafor. I mean he is a professional scorer, and I will say this, I think that it is a shame that that kid wasn't on the All-Star team. To silence the crowd Jrue Holiday (19 points, 17 assists) zoomed up the court for a pull-up and-one jumper at the free-throw line to put his team back on top.