Earlier today, the New Orleans Pelicans dropped game 4 in their second round series against the Golden State Warriors by the score of 118-92. The Warriors now hold a 3-1 lead in the series and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.
Former Wildcat Anthony Davis finished today’s game with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks while going 10/10 from the free throw line. On the series, The Brow is now averaging 26.3 points, 13.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 2.5 steals per game. On top of those numbers, he’s hitting over 88% of his free throw attempts.
Davis’ performance has been nothing short of impressive over these four games, as he tries to carry the Pelicans on his back against the super-team that is Golden State. The problem for Davis is that he just doesn’t have the weapons around him to contend with the top teams in the Western Conference. Some may say that DeMarcus Cousins being healthy may put New Orleans over the hump, but unfortunately for Kentucky fans, that most likely is the case.
In Cousin’s absence, Nikola Mirotic has been more than serviceable, but the Pelicans just need more scoring from the small forward position, as well as off the bench. New Orleans had just 14 points combined from 2 players off the bench in today’s loss and sit as the second-worst bench scoring team in the entire NBA.
While Davis has been incredible, he just needs more help to compete with the Warriors and Rockets, among others. If the Pelicans can keep their nucleus of Davis, Cousins, Holliday, and Rondo this offseason, picking up a consistent, reliable wing scorer will be key to improving on their finish as the six seed in the West this season.
I think I speak for all of Big Blue Nation when I say we need to start seeing former Kentucky players get a shot at an NBA Finals win, and Davis being a top 5 or 6 player in the league puts his team in as good of a place as any.