Five things to know about the Pelicans on Day 2 in Las Vegas

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

1)      The summer Pelicans pulled off an improbable win late Friday in their first game, rallying from a 79-62 deficit in the fourth quarter for an 83-81 win. New Orleans closed the contest on a 21-2 run, led by the scoring and passing of rookie guard Russ Smith.

2)      Smith struggled in the first half, going 1-for-7 and scoring four points, but dropped in 16 points in the second half. The 6-footer said he needed to get adjusted to the floor spacing of the NBA. After coming off picks at the deeper NBA three-point line, Smith noted he was further from the basket than he was accustomed to in college. Watch Smith’s postgame interview on NBA TV.

3)      Watch full highlights from Friday’s summer opener, including Josh Carter’s game-deciding three-pointer with 3.0 seconds left.

4)      Another player who delivered in crunch time was Pelicans guard Cameron Ayers, who nailed a pair of three-pointers in the final minutes. Ayers is enjoying the unique experience of joining his father, assistant coach Randy Ayers, on the summer squad.

5)      The Pelicans will practice at 5:30 p.m. Pacific today. Next up is a Sunday afternoon game against the Los Angeles Lakers (3:30 p.m. Central, again available live on NBA.com broadband).