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The Pelicans also drafted Kira Lewis jr. a year before, and also picked up John Petty, who is currently on the Birmingham Squadron G-League team for the Pelicans.
In the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, the Pelicans and the top-seeded Phoenix Suns are in a battle right now. Following last night’s win for New Orleans, the series is all tied up a two apiece.
Jones was the star of the show. In 35 minutes of playing time, Jones went 3-for-7 from the field, made seven of eight free throws, had three assists, two rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Jones’ contribution to the offensive side of the ball was 13 points.
Though his stats from the game may not seem worthy of national praise, the rookie was electric on both ends of the floor. Fans from all over the nation took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
He cna't be stopped
Alabama fans saw this coming
This was the moment Alabama fans knew Herb Jones was built different. pic.twitter.com/ddgEzznvIq
— Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) April 25, 2022
Herb is making his name known
Herb Jones is an absolute menace man.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) April 25, 2022
Herb does the impossible
you gotta be like 12 feet high to block a released 3 point shot and herb jones is doing it like it’s a completely normal thing lol wtf pic.twitter.com/FkDusOIwjC
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 25, 2022
Big praise from the former NBA star
Herb Jones will win defensive player of the year one day!
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) April 25, 2022
Can't get away from Herb!
71% of the Earth is covered by water. The rest is covered by Herb Jones.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) April 25, 2022
He was stellar in the SEC, now he's in the NBA
Herb Jones was so ridiculously good for Alabama and I'm not sure many outside the SEC even knew who he was. This is not shocking, but it is awesome. Herb is a bad, bad man. https://t.co/eOOPdQWIgf
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) April 25, 2022
Smart play by Herb
In one play, Herb Jones:
— Defended CP in a pick and roll
— Left CP to rotate to Bridges in the corner
— Slowed down to bait Bridges into taking the shot
— Swatted Bridges' shot
— Nearly grabbed the ball before it went out of bounds pic.twitter.com/IIdQBx6SMi
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) April 25, 2022
No help from the rival
Herb Jones didn’t want help from CP3.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 25, 2022
Tide hoops fans are proud
My entire timeline right now is Herb Jones, and it's not just from Alabama follows
— Katie Windham (@katiewindham_) April 25, 2022
Skip weighs in
Love what the rookie Herb Jones is doing to CP3 – guarding him and getting under his skin. Just detonated CP3 into one of his typical flagrant foul. Should've been a 2. He has a history of his losing his cool (if not mind) and cheap-shotting opponents.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 25, 2022