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  • Pelicans' Jonas Valanciunas: Productive in Game 2 defeat

    Valanciunas closed Wednesday's 124-92 loss to the Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals with 19 points (8-14 FG, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

    Valanciunas has been doing everything he can to slow Chet Holmgren down, and while that has proven to be a daunting task for the veteran, at least he's finding rhythm on the offensive end of the court. Valanciunas has now scored 13 or more points in his last three playoff appearances, and he should continue to experience an uptick in his usage rate with Zion Williamson (hamstring) still sidelined for Game 3 on Saturday.

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  • Pelicans' Herbert Jones: Efficient despite loss in Game 2

    Jones chipped in 18 points (6-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist over 36 minutes during Wednesday's 124-92 loss to the Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

    Jones posted his best performance of the current playoff run, including the Play-In Tournament, but his efforts were not enough as the Pelicans suffered a blowout 32-point loss to fall into a 0-2 deficit in the first-round series. Jones has scored in double digits in just four of his 12 appearances this month, and this 18-point output was his joint-best scoring mark since posting a 19-point effort on Feb. 23, so he's not expected to carry the Pelicans on offense in Game 3 of the series Saturday.

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  • Pelicans' Brandon Ingram: Fills stat sheet in Game 2 loss

    Ingram produced 18 points (5-10 FG, 8-8 FT), four rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 124-92 loss to the Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

    Ingram wasn't as dominant as he looked in the Play-In victory over the Kings, but he posted a better stat line than the one of the series opener while also embracing a higher usage rate with Zion Williamson (hamstring) sidelined. Ingram has surpassed the 15-point mark in just two of his five appearances since returning to action on the last day of the regular season, and the Pels need him to be at his best for Game 3 of the series against Oklahoma City on Saturday.

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  • Pelicans' Larry Nance: Returns from locker room

    Nance (leg) has rejoined the Pelicans bench after a brief trip to the locker room during Wednesday's Game 2 against Oklahoma City, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.

    Nance went back to the locker room late in the third quarter but returned to the Pelicans bench to open up the fourth quarter. He should be considered good to go for the final period.

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  • Pelicans' Larry Nance: Heads to locker room

    Nance went back to the locker room during Wednesday's Game 2 against the Thunder with what seemed to be a right leg issue, Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Nance exited the contest late in the third quarter and went back to the Pelicans' locker room. While he's absent, Jonas Valanciunas could see more of the center work while Naji Marshall and Dyson Daniels could slide into larger roles. Nance should be considered questionable to return.

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  • Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Hopeful to return in postseason

    Williamson (hamstring), who will be re-evaluated in one week, says it is "realistic" he returns in the postseason, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.

    Williamson exited the Pelicans' first Play-In Tournament game against the Lakers with a hamstring strain and has not played since. However, Williamson says he is hopeful to eventually make his postseason return, which would likely require a second-round matchup. Despite not having Williamson available for Game 1 against the top-seeded Thunder, the Pelicans kept it close, losing 94-92. How quickly the medical staff clears him may depend on how the remainder of the series plays out.

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  • Pelicans' Jonas Valanciunas: Pulls down 20 boards in loss Sunday

    Valanciunas registered 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-4 FT), 20 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 29 minutes during Sunday's 94-92 loss to the Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

    Valanciunas was heavily criticized for his play during the loss to the Lakers in the first round of the Play-In Tournament, but he's responded extremely well with back-to-back double-doubles against the Kings and Thunder. The veteran big man feasted on the glass against Chet Holmgren and used his physicality to dominate. Expect him to play a prominent role in the paint in Game 2 on Wednesday, especially with Zion Williamson (hamstring) still sidelined.

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  • Pelicans' Trey Murphy: Goes for 21 points in Game 1 loss

    Murphy notched 21 points (8-18 FG, 5-12 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one steal across 44 minutes during Sunday's 94-92 loss to Oklahoma City in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

    Murphy extended his streak of games scoring in double figures to 14 appearances (12 starts), and he ended up as New Orleans' leading scorer in this Game 1 loss while carrying the team at times in the second and third quarters. Murphy can get hot in any moment of a game, but even if that doesn't happen, he sees enough touches to make a consistent impact on offense. Expect Murphy to remain in the first unit -- while experiencing a slight uptick in his usage rate -- as long as Zion Williamson (hamstring) remains out.

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  • Pelicans' CJ McCollum: Scores 20 in tight loss Sunday

    McCollum supplied 20 points (9-22 FG, 2-9 3Pt), three rebounds, six assists, one block and one steal in 39 minutes during Sunday's 94-92 loss to Oklahoma City in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

    McCollum didn't have his best shooting display Sunday, an issue that has been plaguing him for some time now. He also executed poorly in the final play of the game, where the Pelicans could've gone for a tie or a win. The veteran guard still ended as one of the top scorers for the Pelicans -- a positive sign after he scored a combined 16 points while shooting 7-for-23 in his two Play-In Tournament appearances.

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Team Statistical Rankings

PTS/G OPP PTS/G
Team 115.1
(13th)
110.7
(8th)

Injuries

Player Injury
Z. Williamson PF Zion Williamson PF Hamstring

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