Michael Pellissier acknowledges the growth of the young players during the recent string of success for the Pelicans.
January 23, 2020, 12:29 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball had a strong outing in Wednesday's 121-117 loss to the Spurs, finishing with 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3PT), 12 assists and three steals.
Ball has been a top-55 player over the last two weeks, and games like this will boost his stock. With Zion Williamson as another option for the young point guard to find, we imagine we'll see more double-digit assist games.
January 20, 2020, 9:03 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday (left elbow tricep strain) returned from a seven-game absence on Monday and came in hot, making a career-high seven 3-pointers en route to his 36 point on 12-of-18 shooting.
Holiday was unstoppable in his 32 minutes on the floor tonight, adding six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block to the box score. The heavy minutes and stellar performance are strong indicators that his injury is in the rearview. His return slowed down Lonzo Ball, who quietly put up eight points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two threes. Expect Ball to fade a bit with Holiday now back, but both guards should jell once again like they were doing before Holiday was sidelined.
January 20, 2020, 3:51 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday (left elbow tricep strain) is expected to play during Monday's game.
Holiday has missed seven games in a row but it looks like he is on track to face the Grizzlies. He could eat into some of Lonzo Ball's playing time. In addition to the solid contributions in points and assists, Holiday has averaged 1.7 steals per contest this season.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 6:50 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball had a big triple-double against the Clippers on Saturday with 18 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, two steals, one block and four threes on 7-of-16 shooting from the field in 39 minutes.
Ball also committed six turnovers on the night, but owners have to be ecstatic with this game from Ball. Ball shot 4-of-9 from 3-point range, as he continues to improve his shot as the season wears along. Ball has been a top-55/30 player in 9/8 cat leagues over the past month and will soon have Zion Williamson at his disposal.
January 17, 2020, 6:10 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday has been ruled out for Saturday's matchup with the Clippers due to a left elbow tricep strain.
The ailment will cost Holiday his seventh straight game, and the Hornets will look to Lonzo Ball again in his absence. Ball has been thriving with the expanded role and based on Holiday being ruled out a day in advance, Ball could be on this run for a few more games. Holiday's owners will just have to wait this injury out.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 15, 2020, 5:37 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday will miss Thursday's game against the Jazz as he continues to deal with a left elbow tricep strain.
Holiday will miss his sixth consecutive contest on Thursday. With this news, expect Lonzo Ball to play as many minutes as he can handle while Frank Jackson should see more time off the bench. Jrue has been providing 3rd/4th round per-game value on the season and could see an increase in his value as the team gets back to full strength. This could be an interesting time to target Holiday as a potential buy-low candidate due to this recent ailment.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 13, 2020, 9:49 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball put up another strong line of 17 points, 12 rebounds and nine dimes to go with three swipes and three triples on Monday.
Ball continues to put up big numbers and has entrenched himself as a starting guard in New Orleans. Jrue Holiday was missing in this one as well, but the confidence and play of Ball as of late should guarantee him a larger leash if he struggles again.
January 11, 2020, 10:05 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball nearly triple-doubled in Saturday's 105-140 loss to the Celtics, chipping in 10 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and a steal.
Ball continues to shine in Jrue Holiday's absence and has strung together his ninth consecutive game scoring in double-digits. The 13 rebounds are a season-high as Ball saw 33 minutes in this one.
January 10, 2020, 9:46 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball was solid in Friday's 123-111 win over the Knicks, recording his fifth double-double of the season with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, 11 imess, one steal and one block in 38 minutes.
Lonzo should keep Ballin' like this while Jrue Holiday (left elbow tricep strain) remains sidelined. Ball is on the rise and his multi-cat game will be a regular mainstay in Pelican games in the short-term.
January 9, 2020, 4:57 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday (left elbow tricep strain) will not take the floor against the Knicks on Friday.
Josh Hart, J.J. Redick and Lonzo Ball will all see additional minutes with Holiday ruled out for the third consecutive time. Nickeil Alexander-Walker could also see additional minutes off the bench but is not worth a look in fantasy leagues at this time.
January 6, 2020, 10:30 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball dropped 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers on Monday.
Ball has been a top-30 player over the last two weeks thanks to some hot shooting, but the rebounds, assists and steals are all something that are sustainable. He's probably closer to a top-80 play than a top-30 play so the sell-high opportunity is ripe right now.
January 5, 2020, 1:00 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball stayed hot on Saturday, scoring 24 points with 10 assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers.
Ball has been on fire the past three games, averaging 24.6 points, 8.3 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 52.7 percent from the field. Ball's shooting will fall off soon and this is a great sell-high opportunity.
January 4, 2020, 1:13 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball's hot streak continued in his Friday return to Los Angeles, as he went 10-for-16 from the field en route to 23 points, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.
Ball was coming off a season-high 27 points and seven threes and kept the good times rolling here. He's a top-115/165 (8/9-cat) guy on the full year but up to top-80/85 in the last two weeks. It's a prime sell-high window considering he's gained a huge chunk of value from 3-pointers (3.5), of which he's averaging just 2.2 per game on the year.
Michael Pellissier gives context on Lonzo Ball and details some other current events.