The Pelican Blog

Postgame report: From the Pelicans locker room

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams
On the loss
“I thought we had a chance to build a bit of a lead in the second quarter and we didn’t. There were a number of possessions where we just couldn’t score the ball. I rarely pay too much attention to some of the stats. I usually look at the turnovers, free throws and rebounds, but we were 23 for 53 in the paint tonight. And 30 missed shots inside the paint, that’s not typical of our team because we have some guys who do a decent job of finishing at the basket. It’s a tough loss, obviously, but at the same time, Eric (Gordon) is not going to shoot 3 for 17 [usually]. We just had so many guys having a tough time putting the ball in the hole tonight.”

On the team outlook
“The reality is, it’s on me. Nobody’s going to look at this team during skids like this and look at the players. Those guys are out there fighting their tails off. I’ve got to do a better job of knowing when to call a timeout or get the right rotation in. Our guys are battling, they fight, and they compete every night. They’re not looking for excuses and that’s all you can ask for. I told them tonight I’m so proud of how they’ve handled all of this stuff. And because of that, when we come out of it, we are going to be better. We’ve all got to be better. I’ll always point at me first. I love the way the guys fight. It’s not about playing for contracts, they just want to play well for each other. I hope our fans realize that and are just as proud.”

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis
On the recent losses
“We’re losing, but once again, we’re fighting and we’ve had a lot of guys go down. Jason (Smith) just went down, another key guy going down for us. Other guys are stepping up and we’re fighting and battling and we’re giving ourselves a chance to win. We just didn’t hit a lot of shots in the paint. I think we missed 30 shots in the paint. It happens, but we’ve just got to do a better job of going in and finishing instead of looking for the contact and looking for the foul. We fought tonight and played hard and I’m proud of the guys.”

On playing through the injuries
“It’s tough. Especially when we start meshing together it’s tough to lose guys. But its adversity, we have to learn how to deal with it. We’re a young team and some guys might not come back so we’ve got to have guys ready to step up and play. We’ve got guys doing that in Darius (Miller), Brian (Roberts), Jeff (Withey), Greg (Stiemsma), and Austin (Rivers). We’re doing a great job of doing that, but we just have to execute better and figure it out.”

Pelicans guard Austin Rivers
On struggling in the closing minutes to score
“I just don’t think our shots are falling. In the past games, I actually felt that we had played well toward the final stretch, but we just missed a couple plays and teams we played made a couple plays. We’ve had a really tough schedule against some really good teams but that’s no excuse. I think tonight we didn’t make a lot of shots and struggled offensively. I think besides AD (Anthony Davis) I don’t think anybody really shot the ball that well. I couldn’t get it going and a lot of guys couldn’t get it going tonight. And we still had a chance to be in the ball game. It’s just one of those ones where we just have to keep our heads up and move on to the next game.”