What the New Orleans Pelicans had to say about 121-105 win over the 76ers (11/29/13)
Pelicans Coach Monty Williams
You went to that lineup with Ryan [Anderson] and Tyreke [Evans] midway through the first quarter. Was that the plan from the start?
“No, a lot of the stuff is just circumstance. I had somebody send me an email about all of these lineups and all these analytics and all that, and they failed to put the circumstance in the equation. We’ve tried to go to that lineup, but one game AD [Anthony Davis] picked up two fouls early. Another game, Jrue [Holiday] picks them up, and another game Eric [Gordon] picks them up, so the numbers don’t always tell you the story. I hate some of those numbers, because they leave stuff out. We try to get to that lineup but it’s not a cure-all. We still gave up 105 points. So, from my standpoint, if you give up 30 points in the first quarter, there’s a lot to be desired. It is a lineup that can cause problems. We just have to learn how to defend and share the ball better. We had 30 assists, but I thought we could have had 35 or 40 assists tonight. We just have to learn how to play together consistently.”
Can you talk about Anthony Davis and what his presence near the rim means to the team?
“You just said it: His presence is blocking shots. I’d like to see him a bit better in pick-and-roll defense, but he has such great timing around the basket. As he gets stronger, he’s going to be even more impressive, but we have to do a better job in pick-and-roll, and he knows he’s going to have to grow in that area.”
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday
What was it like going against those guys?
“It was fun being back here and the crowd showing me a little bit of love. I didn’t hear too many boos. It was a little surprising, but it’s definitely good.”
We saw the way their defense was. Did you guys pick them apart, or did you figure, “attack the rim,” and that may be the way to go for you guys tonight?
“I think we just ran through our sets hard. Even though everyone on their team is pretty tall, we had to box out the guards because they go to the rim and box out their bigs. Honestly, we just tried to get into them defensively, and in the second quarter, I think straddled out a little bit on fastbreak points. Offensively, we ran through our stuff hard and got what we wanted.”
Did you see anything in Michael [Carter-Williams]? How would you assess his play?
“Big guard that can shoot the three well, but the one thing I want somebody to tell him is if he gets a midrange then he’s going to be good. He can shoot the three and get to the rack, but if he gets the midrange it’s going to be nice.”