Gentry says winning all that matters to Davis, Pelicans

Gentry says winning all that matters to Davis, Pelicans

"Anthony Davis is going to require the biggest package of players in National Basketball Association history", Mannix noted. "He's definitely a tone-setter". Last week, Brad Stevens said, "I just don't know if we're that good". He's playing the right way. We're trying to win games. This season, the five-time All-Star is averaging 27 points with 12.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Look for his averages of 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds to slowly climb as the season progresses, and we could see a Blue Devil on the All-Rookie first team in back to back seasons. If he is still with the Pelicans and they haven't made major moves to contend for a championship, he may decide to take his talents to a bigger market and a better team.

Nikola Mirotic was perhaps the only New Orleans player to have an above-average night offensively, raining in three-pointers after the Pelicans dug themselves a big early hole on the scoreboard.

Davis has been able to mask so many of this team's faults when he's playing at his best, but he won't be the knight in shining armor that comes in to save the day on this one.

The New Orleans Pelicans just finished a road trip.

Kyrie Irving's 26 points lead two other 20-point scorers in Boston's 124-107 win in New Orleans.

Soon after, Randle's free throws and Darius Miller's 3 ignited an 11-2 Pelicans run to close the period, trimming Boston's lead to 10 heading to the fourth.

Boston will enjoy three days off before hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Here's Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry, postgame.

"I feel like the season is kind of like a rollercoaster", guard Jrue Holiday said. We've just got a lot of work that we've got to do defensively. "We've got to get back to who we are". The "Rose Rule" allows certain players coming off their rookie scale contracts to earn 30 percent of the salary cap as opposed to 25 percent. That gives Stevens plenty of time to think about his starting five, which he says will be ever-evolving throughout the season.

Davis is now heading into the third year of his five-year, $127.1 million deal that contains no player or team options that run through the 20-21 campaign.

But it's clear that for now, the Celtics need Marcus Smart, his defense, and most importantly, his energy, on the floor to start games.

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