NBA Regular Season 2013-2014, Game 9:
New Orleans Pelicans (3-5) @ Utah Jazz (0-8)
The Utah Jazz has dominated the Charlotte Hornets franchise for years. Now that they are the New Orleans Pelicans they look to change the course of their fate. The Jazz are 43 and 24 all-time against them; and hold a dominating 25-8 home advantage. Of course, we're not a very good team anymore and the history lesson becomes less and less meaningful when we're losing games to the Toronto Raptors by 24 points. There are reasons why we're not a good team this year, and fingerpointing has indicated everyone from the front office, the head coach, the players, and even the fans. (I'm . . . I'm sorry, I'll hustle harder on pick and rolls coach.) I think there is enough blame to spread around, and it's clear -- no matter who is at fault, the team isn't playing well.
This is our shot chart this year. I first typed 'shart', but thought against keeping it that way. It's not hard to see why the team is the proud owner of the 30th ranked offense in the league. (I guess that's why you get rid of your only veteran point guard with starting guard experience (?) . . . sorry Jamaal Tinsley. I . . . I love you.) The Jazz aren't playing well. New Orleans, well, they're playing a lot better.
Tonight's game will be educational. Keep up the Development & Discovery season!
- Point guard: John Lucas III vs. Jrue Holiday
- Shooting guard: Gordon Hayward vs. Eric Gordon
- Small forward: Richard Jefferson vs. Al-Farouq Aminu
- Power forward: Derrick Favors vs. Anthony Morrow
- Center: Enes Kanter vs. Jason Smith
As an aside:
Why isn't New Orleans in the Eastern Conference? A South East division of the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Memphis Grizzlies, and New Orleans Pelicans makes sense to me -- but there's crazy old Amar being worried about the environment again, and travel time and such.