Pregame report: Heat at Pelicans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
News and updates from New Orleans, prior to Wednesday’s 7 p.m. preseason interconference matchup between Miami (4-2) and New Orleans (6-0):
• Miami’s Erik Spoelstra said his rotation tonight may more closely resemble what you might see when the games start counting for real next week, but he stopped short of saying it will be normal minutes. “Whether that will be regular season minutes, I’m not sure yet, but we’ll try to tighten it up,” Spoelstra said of his rotation.
• On the home side, Monty Williams on his plan for using players tonight: “We practiced really hard the past few weeks, so I want to be mindful of that. We take all of these games seriously, but we certainly (used) as close to our rotation in (Saturday’s) Washington game as we’re going to get (in preseason). We’ve certainly built a lot of equity amongst our team, but I’m going to be smart with the minutes.”
• New Orleans’ listed starters remain the same as on last week’s two-game road trip to Tulsa and Lexington: Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon at guard, Al-Farouq Aminu and Anthony Davis at forward, Greg Stiemsma at center.
• Spoelstra’s insight on what he’s seen from Anthony Davis so far in preseason: “He looks like a different player, much more like the player everybody anticipated. That’s the thing about young bigs – all of a sudden, there’s a time when it’s there. You can see all of the potential. He’s so gifted. He’s intelligent. There isn’t really anything that he doesn’t have (in) his game. You like what you see. You see someone who plays with great athleticism, great intelligence and can play multiple positions.”