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New Orleans Pelicans point guard Eric Bledsoe had a nice outing on Saturday versus the Timberwolves, shooting 11-for-23 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range en route to a season-high 28 points. He bagged five rebounds, handed out three dimes, and registered one block with one turnover in 34 minutes. Bledsoe also recently had a 21-point effort against the Kings, so he seems to be finally figuring out life as a Pelican. He gets a four-game slate next week to keep the momentum, with the schedule including a revenge game against Milwaukee and a superb matchup against the defensively-challenged Wizards.
New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram had a tough time from deep in Saturday's matchup with Minnesota, finishing 2-for-7 with the three-ball, but he managed a solid 11-for-20 overall shooting from the field on his way to a game-high 30 points. He added four rebounds, two assists, and one block in what's his third 30-point outing of the season. Sadly he also matched his career high with seven turnovers, which ended up being costly in a game in which the Pels lost 120-110. Ingram has a tricky matchup next against the Spurs, but he should then be up for another good scoring outburst on Wednesday against the Wizards, who own the league's second-worst defense.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram had a strong offensive performance in a 129-118 loss to the Jazz on Thursday. Ingram scored 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting- nailing 4 of 6 attempts from beyond the arc. He added two assists, a rebound, and a steal in 33 minutes. It was nice to see Ingram find his rhythm from deep, as he's had some shoddy performances from that range this month. Ingram continues to grow as a playmaker, as he owns a career-best assist-to-turnover ratio heading into Saturday's matchup with the Timberwolves. They've been a poor defensive team so far, giving Ingram a chance at another fruitful outing.
New Orleans Pelicans power forward Zion Williamson maintained his great scoring form on Tuesday, recording a game-high 32 points on 14-for-19 shooting in a losing effort against Utah. He finished off last week with a 13-for-15 effort and 31 points against the Kings, meaning that Williamson has now scored 30-plus points in back-to-back games for the very first time in his NBA career. He also had five rebounds, three assists and one steal on Tuesday with two turnovers in 35 minutes. Williamson and the Pelicans will look for revenge against the Jazz on Thursday before meeting a defensively challenged Minnesota team on Saturday.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game against the Utah Jazz. He was able to practice on Monday and it sounds like his knee is feeling much better. His return would mean a limited role for Nickeil Alexander-Walker while Eric Bledsoe wouldn't see the ball in his hands as much.