Defense Absent in Lakers' Loss to Pelicans

Elena Summers
February 24, 2019

That will be the case on Saturday night, when New Orleans hosts LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

"You will see a reduction in Anthony's minutes, " Ferry said as the Pelicans get set to visit the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

Despite an impressive comeback win against the Houston Rockets, the Lakers did not play with any sense of urgency against the New Orleans Pelicans - who were without Anthony Davis.

The news comes after weeks of turbulence surrounding Davis' demand for a trade from the Pelicans and revelation he would not sign a long-term in New Orleans. The Pelicans, who failed to reach agreement with those teams interested in signing the star forward before the deadline of February 7, plan to reduce his time on the court. It will be the first game back from the All-Star break for both teams. "We came in here at halftime and just said that we have to have a better second half than we did yesterday".

Although some thought Davis was "helping his future team" steal a victory, it was the Pelicans who walked off the court with a 128-115 win. New Orleans gets nothing out of giving minutes to a player who wants to leave. So I mean, we have, what - 23 games left?

And while Kyle Kuzma gave the Lakers 16 points, eight rebounds and a career-high seven assists, he echoed his teammates' disappointment in the defense.

Davis playing for the Pelicans does make for an awkward situation, considering he publicly stated that he wants to play somewhere else in order to contend for an National Basketball Association championship. "We worked well together and I appreciate what he did for me".

"If you're looking along the lines that it has any significance that we're playing the Lakers, no, it has nothing to do with it", Gentry said before the game.

"No, that's not possible", Gentry said. I think we're making more out of that than what it is. We tried to stop him as a facilitator as much as we probably could.

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