De’Aaron Fox is the Pelicans Daddy
In the last 2 games against the Pelicans, De’Aaron Fox is 31-51 from the field, has 25 assists and is averaging 40.5 points a game. He absolutely ABUSED Eric Bledsoe tonight. For the second game in a row, it just looks like Eric Bledsoe does not want to be here and I don’t blame him. Of course he gets up for the team that traded him away for Jrue Holiday, but against Houston and now Sacramento he has been bad. I can’t imagine going from being on a NBA Champion contender in the Eastern Conference, to a team that is a bottom feeder in the Western Conference. It is time to cut bait and ship him as well, it’s not working.
Looking back at the film, Bledsoe’s closeouts were atrocious. Fox would simply just show him the ball and blow right past him. Not closing out hard and poor angles was Eric Bledsoe all night. It was another pathetic performance from him.
Whenever the Kings needed a bucket down the stretch, they would simply just put Zion in a PnR and it would lead to an easy bucket every-time down. Go look at the cut ups we made, the Kings bench must of been laughing down the stretch. Former Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry knew the weakness of this team and he exploited it down the stretch.
Another lackluster performance from the Pelicans offensively especially late in the 4th quarter. The Pelicans absolutely shit the bed down the stretch. Once again, the game gets tight and the offense turns into statues. Tons of dribbling, tons of ISO ball, tons of on ball screens and absolutely NO movement. It makes 0 sense. This is something you should easily clean up by watching film, but the same mistakes keep happening. B.I. forces tough shots down the stretch, Zion gets minimum touches and there is no off ball action.
Brandon Ingram and Zion WIlliamson HAVE to step up, or this will be another losing season for this Pelicans franchise. I can see major changes happening in the next few weeks with Eric Bledsoe, Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick.