Shootaround update: Cavaliers at Pelicans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Updates from Friday morning’s shootaround at the New Orleans Arena:
• New Orleans’ second unit has been critical to the team’s 2-0 homestand, which concludes tonight vs. Cleveland. Despite missing the first nine games of the regular season, Ryan Anderson is leading the Pelicans at 22.0 points per game on 64.0 percent shooting overall. “I didn’t get a chance to shoot as much as I’d like, because I wanted to stay off my foot,” Anderson said of returning to the court after his injury layoff. “I didn’t get a chance to get out on the court as much, but these guys (teammates) make it easy. We’re playing great team basketball, and they’re doing a great job of finding me.”
• Anderson (62.5) and Anthony Morrow (57.1) are ranked 1-2 in the league in three-point percentage, though Morrow averages just 2.5 treys per game in his reserve role. Anderson on getting Morrow more involved in the offense: “Getting him into pick-and-rolls and open situations. Obviously there are drawn-up plays for him. We want him to have the ball. We trust that every time he shoots the ball, it’s going in.”
• For one of the rare times in NBA history, the last three No. 1 overall draft picks will all participate in the same game.
• Cleveland has experienced a lineup shakeup recently, moving second-year guard Dion Waiters to the reserve unit after he had started earlier in the season. Former New Orleans guard Jarrett Jack also comes off the bench for Cleveland. The Cavaliers shifted C.J. Miles to starting duty at shooting guard, but they are listing Miles as out with a right calf strain this morning. Backup big Tyler Zeller is listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain.