Pelicans News Around the Web (10-21-2021)

Panzura postgame wrap: 76ers 117, Pelicans 97

Teams with greater continuity and familiarity often hold a major advantage in basketball, particularly early in a season. Despite being without one of its two All-Stars from 2020-21, Philadelphia’s edge in chemistry and cohesiveness was evident Wednesday, as the 76ers pulled away from New Orleans in the second half en route to a 20-point victory. The interconference matchup was evenly played for a half, resulting in a 53-all deadlock, but Philadelphia got hot from the perimeter after intermission and put the clamps down defensively against New Orleans. The home team only managed 17 third-quarter points, creating a double-digit hole.

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Brandon Ingram gets hot, Jonas Valanciunas goes cold in Pelicans' loss to 76ers

Three points from the New Orleans Pelicans’ 117-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday at Smoothie King Center.

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How does 538's optimistic projection line up with Pelicans' playoff odds and win total?

And now for something completely different, some optimism for the New Orleans Pelicans: The analytics website FiveThirtyEight gives them a robust chance to make the NBA playoffs.

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Pelicans’ blowout loss in season opener highlights offensive shortcomings without Zion Williamson

All things considered, the Pelicans were in a decent position early in the fourth quarter of their regular-season opener on Wednesday.

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Pelicans go cold in second half, lose Willie Green's NBA coaching debut against 76ers

In October 2003, Willie Green made his NBA playing debut.

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New Orleans Pelicans and Jonas Valančiūnas agree to contract extension

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans and center Jonas Valančiūnas have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Pelicans shootaround update: Jonas Valanciunas happy to secure New Orleans future

Philadelphia enters Wednesday’s season opener in New Orleans dealing with significant uncertainty related to the future of one of its most prominent players, Ben Simmons. Meanwhile, the Pelicans’ starting center just gained a great deal of certainty about his next three years.

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Jonas Valanciunas credits coaching staff after agreeing to extension: 'They understand me'

For the second consecutive season, the Pelicans signed their starting center to a contract extension without ever watching him play a regular-season game in a New Orleans uniform.

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New Orleans Pelicans, Jonas Valanciunas reach 2-year, $30.1 million extension

New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas has agreed to a two-year extension worth $30.1 million, agents Aaron Mintz, Mitch Nathan and Drew Morrison of CAA Basketball told ESPN on Wednesday.

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