Just when the New Orleans Pelicans looked to be figuring things out with their two All-Star big men, the worse thing happened.
Now the Pelicans are faced with a big question; Now what?
The Pelicans held their first practice without DeMarcus Cousins on Saturday and have started adjusting to life without Cousins.
The one thing that won’t change, the Pelicans’ goal to make the playoffs.
“It changes for everyone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t accomplish what we set out to do,” coach Alvin Gentry said after practice. “And that’s to be a playoff team.”
“We have to obviously realign some things and rethink some things that we’ve done and probably add a few things and take away a few things,” Gentry said. “We have to adjust and figure out how we can best work with what we have now.”
The rise of production from Jrue Holiday, E’Twaun Moore and Darius Miller keeps Anthony Davis optimistic.
“Everybody’s playing well,” Davis said. “We’ve just got to carry that over to the rest of the season. Of course, missing one of our main guys is tough, but it just means guys have got to step up.”
Miller finished with six 3-pointers off the bench in the Pelicans win against Houston on Friday.
Rajon Rondo also remains optimistic for one reason. They have of Davis on their team.
“There’s still only one Anthony Davis; no one can match that,” Rondo said. “We’ve got to continue to trust one another and it’s a team sport, so we’ll play team basketball.”
The Pelicans will look to add to their roster before the Feb. 8 NBA trade deadline, but until then it will be a “next man up” mentality in New Orleans.
The Pelicans will host the Las Angeles Clippers today ag at 4:00 pm ET in their first game without Cousins.