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this is a discussion within the Pelicans Community Forum; The New Orleans Pelicans are coming. It might not be this year, or even next, but this team will make some serious noise in the near future with 21-year-old superstar Anthony Davis leading the way. Expectations heading into 2014-15 were ...

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Old 11-28-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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New Orleans Pelicans' Schedule Breakdown and Record Predictions for December

The New Orleans Pelicans are coming.

It might not be this year, or even next, but this team will make some serious noise in the near future with 21-year-old superstar Anthony Davis leading the way.

Expectations heading into 2014-15 were realistic, as clinching a postseason berth would make the season an immense success. As of Nov. 28, the Pelicans are 7-6 and two-and-a-half games out of eighth place in the Western Conference.

“When I’m healthy and the whole team’s healthy, we’ll be a playoff team,” Davis said over the summer, per Jim Eichenhofer of NBA.com “We definitely had the pieces we need to be that team. Unfortunately last year, we were all hurt. I think that’s going to change.”

The injury bug has already sunk its teeth into the team. Guard Eric Gordon is out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but Bleacher Report’s Stephen Babb thinks that this challenge may help New Orleans in the long run:
More than any individual contribution, a little early adversity may help the Pelicans build some grit and connectivity. They have the talent to replace Gordon for a few months, but they'll also need resolve. With a thinner margin for error, playing defense and doing little things now matter even more.

November held no surprises. On some nights New Orleans looked polished and playoff-bound, and on others it looked like a young team that is not yet ready for the big time.

The Pelicans have a daunting slate of games ahead of them in December. But if they can withstand the harsh winter, they’ll be better prepared to make a playoff push when the weather gets warmer.

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