By the numbers: Anthony Morrow No. 2 in treys
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
New Orleans (21-27) went 2-1 over the past seven days, opening a four-game homestand by sandwiching wins over Chicago and Atlanta around a hard-fought defeat to San Antonio. Here’s a closer look at some of the numbers related to Pelicans players who have been healthy and on the court this week:
Brian Roberts: 20
Consecutive free throws without a miss for the point guard. His last errant foul shot came on Jan. 18 vs. Golden State. On the season, Roberts is 53-for-57 from the charity stripe (93.4 percent).
Eric Gordon: 45
Games played by the shooting guard out of 48 Pelicans contests this season. It’s the most games Gordon has played in a season since 2010-11, when he appeared in 56 during his final campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 12.1
Rebounds per 48 minutes for the fourth-year pro, ranking him No. 1 among all NBA small forwards by a significant margin, according to ESPN.com. Second on the list is New York’s Carmelo Anthony (10.8).
Anthony Davis: 7
Number of consecutive games in which Davis had at least four blocks, a streak that ended Wednesday when he blocked one shot vs. Atlanta. Over a stretch from Jan. 20 through Feb. 3, Davis accumulated 37 rejections. The Pelicans went 5-2 in those games.
Alexis Ajinca: 358
Minutes played by the 7-foot-2 center this season, already a career high. Ajinca logged 340 minutes in 2010-11, while splitting that campaign between Dallas and Toronto.
Tyreke Evans: 81.8
Free-throw percentage for the sixth man this season, a career-best rate. Evans actually started 2013-14 poorly from the foul line, but shot 89.7 percent in December and 82.0 percent in January.
Greg Stiemsma: 3
Times the 6-foot-11 center has logged 30-plus minutes since Jan. 28. Prior to that, he had not done so all season. He averaged 10.3 rebounds during those three big-minutes games vs. Minnesota, Atlanta and Cleveland.
Austin Rivers: 15
Consecutive made free throws by the backup combo guard, by far the best stretch of his two-year NBA career. Rivers has raised his 2013-14 season percentage during that span from 58.0 to 67.7.
Anthony Morrow: 2
Rank among all NBA players in three-point percentage (47.2). Morrow entered Wednesday in the top spot, but the Lakers’ Kendall Marshall (47.6) nudged slightly ahead by going 4-for-6 during a wild win at Cleveland.
Jeff Withey: 2.1
Blocks per 36 minutes for the rookie center, according to Basketball Reference. Withey’s rate is second on the Pelicans, behind Davis’ 3.3. Incidentally, Davis’ average minutes per game this season is exactly 36.0.