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Pelicans Day 3 training camp notebook

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Updates from Thursday’s third day of New Orleans Pelicans training camp:

Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday• Pelicans Coach Monty Williams, on his priority for Saturday’s preseason game at Houston: “Our defense. How we keep the ball in front of us and how we play as a team defensively. Jrue (Holiday) has the ability to guard the ball better than most point guards in the league, and I think that’s going to make our defense better. I want to see us defend and rebound, get out and run.”

• Holiday on his defense: “I think that’s how I got to play (as a rookie). I don’t think anybody looked at me as a scoring threat. Playing defense is what got me on the court and kept me there.”

• Brian Roberts was held out of contact after rolling his ankle during Wednesday’s morning practice. Williams had hoped that the injury might not hamper Roberts, but the point guard’s status is to be determined. Williams: “He’s a tough kid. I’m sure he must have some swelling or can’t move as well as he would like to.”

• On the subject of defense, Holiday also complimented Al-Farouq Aminu, one of the most athletic and rangy small forwards in the NBA: “Al-Farouq’s everywhere. He’s all over the place. Probably has the longest arms I’ve ever seen. He’s athletic, too. Playing with him, he definitely helps me out a lot if I get beat.”

• Williams on what’s been most impressive about Holiday: “His pace. He has the ability to where it looks like he’s going slow, but then he’s in the paint, he’s finishing or he’s finding guys. He has the kind of pace that you like in a point guard.”

• Greg Stiemsma compared some of the Pelicans’ defensive emphasis to what he experienced as a Boston rookie in 2011-12. “A lot of the Celtics’ stuff and attention to detail,” Stiemsma said of similarities. “Subtle things that a lot of teams may not pick up on.”