NBA News: Pelicans Top Lakers, Nash To Miss Season
NBA News: Pelicans Top Lakers
Not only had the Los Angeles Lakers gone through a tough season streak, but it seemed like the New Orleans Pelicans were beginning to slowly sink in the same path.
Yet, fortunately for the Pelicans their win against the Lakers would end the worst short-streak of the team in the current 2013-14 season, when the team was finally able to top the LA squad with a solid 132-125 victory at the Staples Center this last Tuesday night.
And it was still quite a solid performance, given that the Pelicans had already earned 8-consecutive defeats and were about to walk in to their 9th.
Anthony Davis was able to lead the New Orleans squad by finishing the game with 28 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists, followed by Eric Gordon who ended with the same amount of points and 6 assists. According to Davis, the team needed to this win to once again be able to breathe.
The Lakers appeared short-handed, as they have throughout the course of the last season, yet this time another home win slipped between their fingers.
It was Pau Gasol who was able to top the LA squad with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists, followed by Kent Bazemore with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. According to Gasol, the commitment is still not there and the effort continues to lack.
The Pelicans, still with a 23-37 season record and 5th in Southwest division, will now prepare to face the Milwaukee Bucks at the Smoothie King Center this coming Friday, March 7th, while the Lakers, still hurting in the 5th spot of the Paicif Division, will now prepare to face their LA rivals, the Clippers, at the Staple Center, this coming Thursday night.
NBA News: Nash To Miss Season
It appears that former Phoenix Suns veteran star Steve Nash already went through his official game of the 2013-14 NBA season as the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching staff seem to believe that he will no longer play for the rest of the season. This has led to an inconclusive issue which could involve Nash’s retirement.
Perhaps it’s not an issue for fans, to think that Nash may have already played his last official NBA game, yet it appears that to the player himself, this has become a major concern.
According to Mike D’Antoni, he had recent talks with Nash and he wasn’t quite happy to know that he wouldn’t be playing the rest of the season.
According to D’Antoni, he and Nash talked about giving the young players more minutes, which would allow the veteran star to recover and get back in shape.
Coach Mike reminded Nash that the team wouldn’t be appearing in the playoffs, which is why its in the interest of both to think long-term for a potential 2014-15 NBA season.
Over the course of this season, Nash has only been able to average 7.6 points and 4.7 assists in only 10 games.
He was, however, able to make quite an impression during hus 40th birthday when he nailed 19 points and 5 assists against the Philadelphia 76ers, yet indeed, this appears to not be the end of the veteran star with the LA franchise.
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