Indiana Pacers (17-30, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (17-28, 11th in the Western Conference) New Orleans; Monday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: New Orleans will try to keep its three-game home win streak alive when the Pelicans take on Indiana. The Pelicans have gone 10-11 in home games.
In addition to tenacious defense, hustle plays and shot-making, New Orleans backup point guard Jose Alvarado also unintentionally provided motivation to a teammate Thursday during the Pelicans’ 102-91 victory at New York. After going scoreless on 0/7 shooting in the first half at Madison Square Garden, starting point guard Devonte’ Graham checked his cell phone at halftime, reading a concerning message from his mother. She texts me every game,” Graham said after Saturday’s practice.
He has put in so much work with Vinson, Jones said he sometimes hears the Pelicans shooting guru’s voice in his head. If I have a bad miss, or if I miss it, I can hear him saying, ‘Load,’ ” Jones said. Whatever we had worked on prior to the game, I say it to myself or hear it in my ear.