By the numbers: Anthony Davis top 15 of NBA in points, rebounds, blocks (3/20/14)
New Orleans (27-40) played three hard-fought games over the past seven days, beating Boston in overtime but falling to Portland and Toronto. The Pelicans finished 3-3 on a six-game homestand that feature three teams that are locks to qualify for the 2014 NBA playoffs. New Orleans will make a brief trip to Atlanta for Friday’s game, then return home immediately for another homestand, this time of four games.
Brian Roberts: 24 (25)
The number of made free throws (out of his total attempts from the foul line) for the point guard in both February and March. Roberts is shooting exactly 96 percent since Feb. 1 and is now up to 94.4 percent on the season. Alas, he still does not have enough attempts to qualify for the league title. Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki is officially No. 1 in the NBA at 91.7 percent.
Eric Gordon: 39.1
Career-best three-point percentage for the shooting guard this season. He needs 31 treys over the final 15 games to surpass his single-season high of 131 makes, set as a Clippers rookie in 2008-09.
Tyreke Evans: 9
Consecutive games in which the small forward has logged at least 30 minutes of playing time. Prior to this Feb. 28-March 19 stretch, he had played 30-plus minutes only once in 15 games.
Anthony Davis: 13, 8, 1
NBA rankings for the second-year All-Star power forward in scoring average, rebounding average and blocked shots average, after a monster six-game stretch of 32-14-3 in those statistical categories. The only NBA player with anything comparable rankings-wise is Dwight Howard, who is 25th in scoring, fourth in boards and eighth in blocks.
Greg Stiemsma: 17.8
Minutes per game as a starter, a number that often is hampered by early foul trouble, such as Wednesday when he was quickly whistled for a pair of personals vs. Toronto. Stiemsma is actually averaging more minutes as a reserve (18.4) this season than as a first-stringer.
Jeff Withey: 12
Number of Pelicans who’ve started at least one game this season, after Withey started vs. Toronto. The only current New Orleans players who’ve yet to draw a starting assignment are Austin Rivers, Darius Miller and Luke Babbitt.
Anthony Morrow: 6
Rank for the guard in three-point percentage among all NBA players, after cooling off slightly lately. Morrow is at 44.2 percent this season. Ryan Anderson (40.9 percent) still ranks 21st in the league, even though he’s been sidelined since January.
Austin Rivers: 372
Total points for the second-year guard this season, just five shy of what he scored as a rookie. Rivers has played six fewer games so far in 2013-14 than the 61 he appeared in last season.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 60.5
Shooting percentage for the small forward in eight March games, easily his most accurate month of 2013-14. Although he’s been shifted to the bench and has seen decreased minutes, his offensive efficiency has improved.
Alexis Ajinca: 10
Points scored by the center on Wednesday vs. Toronto, his first double-digit game since March 1. After starting for eight consecutive games, Ajinca received a DNP on Sunday vs. Boston, but played well Wednesday in his first reserve duty since Feb. 26.