Turnovers again a problem for Pelicans in 126-103 loss to Clippers


Turnovers once again plagued the Pelicans as they dropped the second of their eight seeding games Saturday afternoon.

The Pelicans committed 18 turnovers that the the Los Angeles Clippers turned into 34 points as New Orleans fell 126-103.

Paul George and the Clippers connected on a franchise record 25 three pointers in the win, but Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that the turnovers were more to blame for the loss.  

“I thought we played hard, and we competed,” he said. “There’s going to be some nights where teams shoot the ball extremely well. If a team lines up like they did and they make 25 threes out of 47 chances, you’re probably going to have a tough time beating them. 

“Like I said, my biggest concern – I thought we played with effort, but we have to start making better decisions and we have to start eliminating the turnovers. We can’t have 20 turnovers and then 18 turnovers…. That's just going to get us in trouble."

Gentry said he thinks the turnovers are a result of poor decision making from the Pelicans which was echoed by guard Jrue Holiday.  

“I think today we were rushed and made some bad decisions, didn’t stick to our plan and our schemes,” Holiday said. “Especially for a team that packs the paint, you kind of have to stay wide and stay outside of the three-point line because we have three-point shooters, we have guys that can knock it in. I feel like we scrambled today.”

Holiday said the rushed feeling came from trying to ”make something happen.”

New Orleans will look to quickly regroup as they prepare for a matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies Monday at 5:30 p.m.