Pregame report: Pelicans at Jazz
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Updates from the EnergySolutions Arena to Wednesday’s Western Conference game between New Orleans and Utah:
• Greg Stiemsma (sprained knee) and Ryan Anderson (broken toe) are out for tonight’s game. Stiemsma will undergo tests Thursday to further evaluate his short-term status. The Pelicans went 7-1 in preseason with Anderson in uniform, but he was injured in the days prior to the Oct. 30 regular season opener vs. Indiana.
• Monty Williams on the need to get more shots for Anthony Morrow, who is at a blistering 63 percent from three-point range: “When he’s open, you’ve got to get him the ball. He can just flat-out shoot the ball. He’s been really good for us. I’m so excited when we get Ryan back, we’re going to have both of them to spread the floor and create some room for our guys to operate. We’ve got to find ways to get (Morrow) the ball. I’m trying to draw up plays for him out of timeouts. In the meat of the game, I think we’ve got to look for him more, as long as it’s within the system.”
• Williams on being shorthanded: “I’ve been playing with a partial roster for the last three years. But it’s just part of the season… I absolutely want a full complement of players, so we can get a solid rotation and guys know when they’re going in and coming out. But that’s no excuse for the last two games. When guys get a chance to play, you’ve got to go out there and compete.”
• Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin on Anthony Davis: “He seems like he’s understanding how he has to play and what type of energy he has to play with every night. I think he’s in great shape and doesn’t look like he’s getting fatigued at all. I think he’s done a good job of learning and expanded his game.”
• Corbin on the Pelicans: “They’ve always executed well. They’re going through some growing pains now, with guys figuring out where different guys are going to be. But they play hard, and that’s always one of the things we respected about them.”