NEW ORLEANS, Lou. (WLOX) - If Saturday night is any indication of how the Pelicans will play for the remainder of this season, there could be a ton of success in the future for this team. Brandon Ingram was a superstar - again - Zion Williamson had an efficient 21 points.
But perhaps the most important performance of the night was Eric Bledsoe, who turned in 19 points and 10 assists. The departure of Jrue Holiday in the offseason left a potential hole at the point guard position, and with Bledsoe averaging just under 11 points and 3 assists per game entering Saturday’s contest, New Orleans undoubtedly felt a sense of confidence with their backcourt emerge.
It wasn’t all perfect - Stan Van Gundy said it was probably his team’s worst defensive performance of the year, and the bench mustered just 23 points on 29 percent shooting. But a win is a win - and if the starting five can find a consistent level of play like they did Saturday night, especially Ingram, that will please their head coach.
“First half, he [Ingram] was really aggressive and got going. Early in the second half, Zion really got going,” Van Gundy said. “Those guys did what the two best players are supposed to do. And then to have your two starting guards play over 66 minutes without a turnover, against that team and that aggressive defense, is phenomenal. And then obviously, Bledsoe hit a huge three down the stretch.”