With most of the starters and key contributors sitting out, the Pelicans lost 112-106 to the Sacramento Kings.
Despite the loss, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry liked the effort he saw from a lineup that was missing, Jrue Holiday, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Derrick Favors and J.J. Redick.
“I thought we did a pretty good job in the first half of moving [the ball]. We ran into a little bit of a turnover problem in the third [quarter], but I will say this, most of the turnovers that we had in the third [were] guys trying to make the right play, so I think that was the most important thing,” Gentry said. “A lot of times they were trying to make the right play, it’s just a matter of them not being out there night in and night out, so the timing was just a little bit off. I can look [at the game], and I thought obviously Jahlil (Okafor) played great. I thought Frank (Jackson) did a good job. I thought everybody that went in there had their moments and did a good job. The big thing is, is that I thought Lonzo (Ball) played well and he was almost back to where he was before we had the hiatus, so that was really important for us, I thought.”
Jahlil Okafor scored a team high 21 points and Frank Jackson scored 18.
“We have really good player development coaches here,” Okafor said. “They keep me ready. I’ve credited them before, in the past when I haven’t played and I didn’t get to play big minutes. They always keep me ready, so I give a lot of credit to our player development staff.”
The Pelicans finish their stint in the NBA’s bubble Thursday with a matchup against the Orlando Magic.