Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS, LA - October 11: Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives to the basket during a pre-season game against the Utah Jazz on October 11, 2019 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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2019 NBA Preseason Game 3: Pelicans vs. Jazz Postgame Quotes 10-11-19

HEAD COACH ALVIN GENTRY
On fourth quarter comebacks:
“We are playing hard. I thought our defense was great. We held them to 60 the second half. That was an improvement from the first half. No, we have to get better in our defense, but we’re trying to put in a new system and this team is not a good team to play when you don’t have all of your defense in. They shot the ball extremely well. The thing I think I like the most about our guys right now is that we keep playing and plugging away at it. It doesn’t matter who we have in, we seem to find a way to keep ourselves at least in touch so that when we do make a run we can put ourselves back in the game. (The Utah Jazz) shot the ball unbelievably well. First half I think they were 70 percent from three (point line), 70 percent for the game. For us to be able to just stay in and plug away at it. I thought we did a pretty good job during the stretch there to end up taking the lead. They’re a heck of a team and with a lot of the guys that are going to play. I think that was good for our guys.”

On Nickeil Alexander-Walker and his smooth play:
“You know he really is and to be honest with you, it’s not a surprise to us after being around him like we have. He’s a really confident player. Confident borderline cockiness. I think you almost have to have that in this league to survive, especially as a 19 year-old kid. Doesn’t play like a 19 year-old, has a good grasp of what we want to do, and not afraid of the big moments like I said the other night. I thought his defense was good also. Good all-around player. I think he’ll continue to get better. It was good to see Jaxson (Hayes) out on the floor so we could get him a few minutes. Obviously he’s got a ways to go, but he did some good things out there as a high energy guy. That was really good. I was happy with the way Zion (Williamson) and Zo (Lonzo Ball) played tonight as well. They did a really, really good job. Especially Zo, he did a good job of taking shots that were available and not hesitantly. Once again, I thought Zion did a great job of taking himself to the basket and being able to finish even over (Rudy) Gobert a few times, which is not easy to do.”


FORWARD ZION WILLIAMSON
On what he thought of Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s performance tonight:
“Nickeil is a bucket, let’s just put that on the record. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is a bucket…He facilitates the game very well and I feel like he always makes the right play and he puts the team before himself, and I respect that.”

On Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s skill and maturity in the game:
“You know I played against Nickeil in high school and even then he had that kind of maturity attitude about him. He was always calm and he never really forced [anything] and he just facilitated the game.”

On the large crowds in the preseason:
“All preseason games have been pretty hyped. I didn’t expect it, either. I think it shows that the Pelicans are up to something over here. We’re not bowing down.

GUARD NICKEIL ALEXANDER-WALKER
On what he thinks of the mix of the offense tonight:
“Just kind of going with the flow. The course of the game and kind of get the feel and just playing with confidence. All of my teammates, if it wasn’t for them giving me so much confidence I probably wouldn’t have made half the plays I made. They are behind me 100 percent and I appreciate that from them. The vets, they were kind of giving me “free game” in a sense and I’m just trying to implement it.”

On how he thinks Zion performed tonight:
“I am a Zion believer and whatever he does I will be right behind him 100 percent. If he wants to shoot wide open threes and knock it down, then by all means keep doing that. It’s only going to make him harder to guard and the team better.”

Pelicans-Jazz Postgame: Frank Jackson 10-11-19

Pelicans guard Frank Jackson recaps the 128-127 home victory against the Utah Jazz.

2019 Preseason Game 3: Pelicans vs. Jazz

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Pelicans-Jazz Postgame: Frank Jackson 10-11-19

Pelicans guard Frank Jackson recaps the 128-127 home victory against the Utah Jazz.
Oct 11, 2019  |  02:19

Pelicans-Jazz Postgame: Nickeil Alexander-Walker 10-11-19

Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker recaps the 128-127 home victory against the Utah Jazz.
Oct 11, 2019  |  04:14

Pelicans-Jazz Postgame: Zion Williamson 10-11-19

Pelicans forward Zion Williamson recaps tonights 128-127 home victory over the Utah Jazz.
Oct 11, 2019  |  03:51

Pelicans-Jazz Postgame: Alvin Gentry 10-11-2019

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry recaps tonight's 128-127 home victory over the Utah Jazz
Oct 11, 2019  |  07:56

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Zion Williamson pours in 26 points

Highlights of Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson who led New Orleans in scoring tonight with 26 points.
Oct 11, 2019  |  01:52

New Orleans Pelicans Highlights vs. Utah Jazz: 2019 NBA Preseason Game 3

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Oct 11, 2019  |  02:58

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Nickeil Alexander-Walker tallies 22 points

Highlights of Pelicans rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker who scored 22 points in a preseason win vs. the Jazz.
Oct 11, 2019  |  01:47

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Josh Gray throws it up for Zylan Cheatham

Pelicans Josh Gray runs out on the fast break and throws up the lob to Zylan Cheatham for the slam.
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Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson talks with Joel Meyers and Antonio Daniels about his performance in New Orleans' win over the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center.
Oct 11, 2019  |  02:15

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Jaxson Hayes block leads to fast break finish

Pelicans rookie Jaxson Hayes blocks a shot that leads to a New Orleans fast-break score.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:11

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Zion Williamson finishes strong in the paint

Pelicans Zion Williamson finishes through contact for the tough and-one.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:19

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Nickeil Alexander-Walker attacks the rim

Pelicans rookie Nickeil Walker-Alexander attacks the rim and finishes with the soft touch.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:16

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Brandon Ingram steal and score

Pelicans Brandon Ingram creates the steal and finishes with the slam.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:10

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Zion Williamson putback slam

Pelicans Zion Williamson gathers his own miss in midair and finishes with a putback slam.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:20

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Brandon Ingram throws it down

Pelicans Brandon Ingram drives baseline and flushes home a two-handed slam.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:14

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Brandon Ingram Hits the Jumper

Pelicans Brandon Ingram finds his sweet spot at the top of the key and knocks down the jumper against the Utah Jazz.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:16

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Nickeil Alexander-Walker feeds Nicolo Melli for three

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Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Frank Jackson baseline jam

Pelicans Frank Jackson attacks the rim and flushes home the two-handed slam.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:14

Pelicans vs. Jazz Highlights: Lonzo Ball finishes with the reverse

Pelicans Lonzo Ball drives to the basket and finishes with a smooth reverse layup vs. the Utah Jazz.
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Pelicans vs Jazz Highlights: Zion Williamson knocks down a three

Pelicans forward Zion Williamson knocks down a triple in preseason action vs. the Utah Jazz.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:11

Pelicans-Jazz Shootaround: Jrue Holiday 10-11-2019

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday speaks with media prior to tonight's home preseason game vs the Utah Jazz
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Pelicans-Jazz Shootaround: Zion Williamson 10-11-2019

Pelicans forward Zion Williamson speaks with media prior to tonight's preseason match-up vs the Utah Jazz
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