Clippers to face a motivated Pelicans squad Saturday

The Clippers face the Pelicans tomorrow. Here’s the OC Register with some thoughts on LA:

Now, on the heels of their bubble-opening 103-101 loss to the Lakers, Doc Rivers’ squad shouldn’t expect the New Orleans Pelicans to accommodate the Clippers in their search for rhythm and cohesion ahead of the playoffs in mid-August.

No, the hungry, high-octane Pelicans have good reason to be disruptive.

New Orleans (28-37) is one of five teams chasing the eighth and final playoff spot, held currently by Memphis, which has a four-game lead on the Pelicans. And after dropping their bubble opener 106-104 against Utah on Thursday, the Pelicans will have even less room for error in their remaining seven seeding games.

Veteran coach Alvin Gentry has his Pelicans believing they can insert themselves into the postseason picture.

“I think we’re in a good place,” New Orleans center Derrick Favors told reporters, via Zoom, a couple days before the restart.

Leading Scorers

Pelicans (PPG)
Brandon Ingram 24.2
Zion Williamson 23.1
Jrue Holiday 19.6
JJ Redick 15.0
Lonzo Ball 12.3

Clippers (PPG)
Kawhi Leonard 26.9
Paul George 21.2
Lou Williams 18.7
Montrezl Harrell 18.6
Marcus Morris Sr. 17.1

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