Pregame report: Suns at Pelicans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
The latest updates from the New Orleans Arena, where the Pelicans will host the Suns at 7 p.m. Central:
• Phoenix first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek confirmed that starting point guard Goran Dragic will not play tonight due to a sprained left ankle. Hornacek added that Dragic probably will also miss Wednesday’s game at San Antonio.
• Monty Williams was pleased with his team’s intensity in Saturday’s win over Charlotte, after he was far less so Friday at Orlando, a 20-point loss for the Pelicans. “I never thought I’d see a team outwork us like Orlando did,” Williams said. “I don’t think our guys went into that game realizing that (the Magic) were going to come into that game with a chip on their shoulders (after two preseason losses to New Orleans). We lost our edge a little bit as far as how we approach the game.”
• Hornacek on some of the similarities between his Suns and the Pelicans: “We’re both young. We’ve gotten better athletically (compared to last season). They probably have a little jump on us, because Jrue Holiday is an All-Star, but we don’t have an All-Star on our team. Eric Gordon has been here and is a proven scorer to get 20 or 30 every night. We don’t have those guys quite yet, but we have some good, young guys, just like (the Pelicans) do.”
• The Pelicans blocked a franchise-record 18 shots in Saturday’s win over Charlotte. Only seven NBA teams (Indiana, Brooklyn, Golden State, Lakers, Boston, Orlando, Houston) have more blocks on the season so far. Indiana leads the league with 36 total blocks over three games.