Pelicans at Raptors: Three things to know


A detail shot of the pelican logo on the shorts Arinze Onuaku #21 of the New Orleans Pelicans in a preseason National Basketball Association game against the Houston Rockets on October 5, 2013 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. "We're asking a lot of those guys, especially (Davis) and DeMarcus playing those kind of minutes", New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. Domantas Sabonis posted double-digit rebounds in six straight games while starting in place of Turner and led the team with eight boards in 29 minutes off the bench on Sunday. It's insane. It really is.

Thursday's game will feature both teams sending their strength against the other teams' weakness.

The Pelicans play at Toronto Thursday night. "There's nothing they can't do". Jonas (Valanciunas) and Lucas (Nogueira) had been doing a good job, we put Serge (Ibaka) at the 5, and he didn't do as good of a job.

It's clear no team will present a frontcourt challenge to the Raptors quite like New Orleans.

"We have been like this nearly all season, but we have to do a better job of playing both halves, both ends of the floor, and that goes for everybody", Davis said.

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Since acquiring Cousins from the Sacramento Kings during all-star weekend in February-one of the most surprising trades in recent memory-New Orleans has undergone a grand experiment by going big while the rest of the National Basketball Association goes small. The Pels have won three in a row but come into the meeting with the Raptors having won only three of the past 15 and four in a row.

On the season, the Pelicans are holding opponents to 34.8 per cent from deep, good for 11th in the National Basketball Association, whereas the Raptors' 32.2 per cent three-point shooting mark is ahead of only the Los Angeles Lakers. The Pelicans won the first three games on the swing, increasing their road winning streak to four games - their longest since 2011.

The New Orleans Pelicans are in territory that they have not seen for a while. Davis also had 4 assists, and 2 blocks.

I mean, what big man can routinely do this? "There's so many ways we can dominate a game. We can get so much better".

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