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BBNBA: Pelicans Head Coach Defends Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis goes at Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker as the New Orleans Pelicans fall 107-101 on Saturday night. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Anthony Davis goes at Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker as the New Orleans Pelicans fall 107-101 on Saturday night. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Recap

Anthony Davis’ head coach, Alvin Gentry, had some choice words about the officiating following the New Orleans Pelicans loss to the Houston Rockets Saturday night. Most of them were in defense of his star player. Gentry was arguing that Davis is constantly fouled but the officials were swallowing their whistles. Take a listen to what he had to say.

There has been a ton of tension between players/coaches and officials this season and Gentry’s words will definitely earn him an expensive fine from the league office, but there is truth in those words. Now, Davis does complain about calls (literally everyone does), although he’s one of the least vocal about it, which is respectable. Gentry is really just trying to protect his All-Star and the passion in his words is evident in that. Davis still finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds because he’s Anthony freaking Davis.

Aside from Davis, eight other Wildcats scored in double-figures Saturday night. Most notably, Karl-Anthony Towns dropped in 23 points along with nine rebounds for Minnesota and Darius Miller added 13 points on four made threes for New Orleans.

We’re also at that point in the season where teams with no chance of reaching the playoffs are experimenting with younger players. If you want to get a taste of what Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox are doing for Charlotte and Sacramento, now would be the time to do so. Monk scored 12 points in a loss, shooting 3-12 from deep (get those shots up, young fella) while Fox scored 11 points in addition to four steals.

Check out the rest of the stats below.

Statistics

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)101-107 L vs. HOU2611-18 (0-2)131012-1236
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)101-117 L @ SAS238-15 (2-2)92015-839
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)122-117 W vs. ATL195-10 (1-2)39215+230
Jamal Murray (DEN)94-101 L @ MEM165-18 (1-8)33202-835
Darius Miller (NOP)101-107 L vs. HOU134-7 (4-6)11000-430
Malik Monk (CHA)101-124 L @ NYK124-16 (3-12)50111-1023
Trey Lyles (DEN)94-101 L @ MEM125-10 (2-5)42000+219
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)97-103 L @ UTA114-13 (0-1)42404-1827
Enes Kanter (NYK)124-101 W vs. CHA94-990201014
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)97-103 L @ UTA93-9 (0-0)43221-1529
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)101-124 L @ NYK82-5 (0-0)41120-1323
Skal Labissiere (SAC)97-103 L @ UTA72-6 (1-1)32102-1421
Jodie Meeks (WAS)109-102 W vs. IND41-4 (0-2)34101-1320
DeAndre Liggins (NOP)101-107 L vs. HOU31-4 (1-3)30111-1519
Alex Poythress (IND)102-109 L @ WAS00-1 (0-1)10000+75
Tyler Ulis (PHX)109-124 L vs. GSW00-000001-23
Andrew Harrison (MEM)101-94 W vs. DENDNP-Wrist----------------
Rajon Rondo (NOP)101-107 L vs. HOUDNP-Rest----------------
John Wall (WAS)122-117 W vs. ATLDNP-Knee----------------
Devin Booker (PHX)109-124 L vs. GSWDNP-Hand----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (NOP)101-107 L vs. HOUDNP-Achillies----------------
Nerlens Noel (DAL)106-113 L @ BKNDNP----------------

Highlights

Today in the NBA

1:00: Thunder (Patterson, Johnson) @ Raptors

6:00: Celtics @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Rondo, Liggins)

7:00 (NBATV): Rockets @ Timberwolves (Towns)

10:30 (NBATV): Trail Blazers @ Clippers

Player to watch

Today’s player to watch is none other than Mr. Anthony Davis. The Western Conference continues to be a confusing cluster of absolute nonsense and the New Orleans Pelicans currently sit at the number eight spot. They’re a game and a half ahead of the Denver Nuggets (who are either tanking or just love losing to bad teams) and the Los Angeles Clippers, but if this season has shown us anything, it’s that even the most unlikely teams can go on big winning streaks (or losing streaks). A matchup against the injured riddled Boston Celtics shouldn’t be as tough of a matchup as the team records might indicate, but Celtics head coach Brad Stevens always brings a team prepared to win no matter who they put on the court. The Pelicans have lost four of their last five after their 10 game winning streak and a win tonight would be huge going forward. Look for Davis to have another big game for NOLA and also keep an eye out on Darius Miller, who is shooting 50 percent from three over his last five games.

@ZackGeoghegan

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

2 Comments for BBNBA: Pelicans Head Coach Defends Anthony Davis



  1. trumpetguy
    3:28 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    Alvin Gentry’s mere voice, its tone and volume, aren’t going to be much of positive influence for AD/Pelicans. He may get a small fine for complaining in general, but we have all heard much worse. Main issue is they don’t have the respect of NBA front office or officials. If Coach Pop or Doc Rivers speaks up, the league takes notice. Big thing he was complaining about, and other coaches as well, is the “swing/rip” move James Harden and others use against defenders who simply have their arms extended toward the player (Harden) they are guarding, often well beyond the 3 point line. Harden will “swing/rip” the ball under and through the defender’s arms and be rewarded with 3 FTs……as if he were legitimately attempting a shot. Bogus move, but until the league stops it, savvy NBA players will continue to use it I guess.



  2. RealCatsFan
    3:35 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    About time someone spoke up. Now we need someone in the college game to do the same.