The Bad: Pelicans’ three-point shooting
There was very little to be negative about from a Warrior perspective, particularly in the second-half where they outscored the Pelicans 71-45. The Golden State defense was a well-oiled machine on Monday, with everyone buying in and doing their part. Draymond Green’s presence was felt as he battled down low against Zion Williamson, and the Warriors consistently forced him into tougher shots than he’s usually used to. Still, the Pelicans were able to produce a lot, and I mean a lot of open great looks from three — and they couldn’t buy one.
New Orleans shot just 25.6% (10-of-39) from three-point land, including a 2-of-17 second-half that took the life out of the Smoothie King Center. Again, these were mostly wide-open looks, but the Pelicans simply could not take the lid off the rim and the Warriors’ lead ballooned as a result.
The Ugly: Pelicans’ Statement Jerseys
“Crescent City”… really? The league should be ashamed of themselves for allowing Nike to ruin NBA jerseys with their minimalistic designs. These weren’t even that bad compared to some of the new city jerseys that were rolled out this season, but Nike simply has to up the creativity because it’s borderline criminal how bland some of them are.