Anthony Davis on #Pelicans intensity/defense vs. OKC: "They're the No. 1 team in the West, a very hot team... we just tried to keep competing. We competed at a high level tonight. When we do that, we're a tough team to beat."
There does not appear to be a timetable for Mirotic (ankle) and Moore (leg) to return, but #Pelicans are hoping this stretch of 1 game in next 6 days helps. Davis on the hiatus: "Hopefully it helps a lot. You get a chance to recover, rest up and let our bodies heal."
Anthony Davis, asked about his large workload, which includes leading #NBA in minutes average (a total that went up when he logged 40 minutes vs. OKC tonight): "I'm (only) 25. Ask me in five years." He added he's happy to play as much as team needs him to play
The Pelicans' defensive rating with Julius Randle on the floor tonight was 92.1. With Anthony Davis, it was 95.5. Related - those two drew a combined *16* fouls tonight. Why is it related? More fouls drawn -> fewer transition opportunities for your opponent.
The Pelicans' defensive rating with Julius Randle on the floor tonight was 92.1. With Anthony Davis, it was 95.5. Related - those two drew a combined *16* fouls tonight. Why is it related? If you get opponents (like Grant) in foul trouble, their defense is forced to weaken.
RT @MasonGinsberg: Tonight marks the first time in *Pelicans* history that 6 players grabbed at least 2 offensive rebounds in a win. The last time NOLA accomplished the feat in a win was 3/10/13. An obscure stat, but it shows how rare it is for so many players to step up on the offensive glass.