Shootaround update: Suns at Pelicans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Updates from Tuesday morning’s shootaround at the New Orleans Arena:
• Ryan Anderson (broken toe) and Darius Miller (foot) remain listed as out for New Orleans (1-2) due to injuries. On the Phoenix side, center Emeka Okafor (herniated disc) is expected to miss a significant chunk of the 2013-14 season.
• (UPDATE: at 11 a.m., Goran Dragic is now being listed as out by Phoenix. Gerald Green is listed as the projected starting shooting guard, with Eric Bledsoe shifting to point guard in the new alignment). In all three games thus far, Phoenix had used a starting backcourt of Dragic and Bledsoe, along with a frontcourt of P.J. Tucker, Channing Frye and Miles Plumlee.
• Pelicans center Jason Smith on the Suns: “Phoenix runs the ball. They want to get the pace going. We have to really stay focused on what we want to do in the game, know the matchups and know who the hot shooters are. Channing Frye always has a good game against us. Eric Bledsoe is really trying to attack the rim in transition.”
• In a small sample of three games, New Orleans is leading the league in three-point percentage, connecting on exactly half of its attempts (18 of 36). Like in preseason, numerous Pelicans have been red-hot, with four players shooting at least 50 percent. Anthony Morrow leads the group at 6-for-9 from long range.
• Smith on Anthony Davis: “He’s really worked on his game this summer, catching (the ball) on the mid-post, catching it down low on the post. He knows he’s quicker than a lot of the bigs in the NBA. He’s got that first quick step to get to the rim, and he’s so long, he can finish over people. Even if it’s a guy who’s more physical, he’s smart enough to get his body in the right position to where he can (draw) a foul or get an and-one.”