New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis says ‘we’re a better team than this’
The New Orleans Saints are coming off their first playoff appearance since 2010, but Anthony Davis is not ready to put the loss behind him.
In his first postgame news conference since the loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Davis spoke of the mental side of the game, something he said was key to his team’s win.
“We’re a bigger team than we are in this game,” Davis said.
“That’s just the way the game is.
You can’t get caught up in the fact that we lost because we’re a different team than the one that lost.
We’re a good team, but we’re not a championship team, and we’re going to be in this competition for a while.”
After his team lost the series opener to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Davis was a little disappointed with his performance.
“I’m not looking back.
I’m looking forward,” he said.”
This is a big game for us.
We have to go through this week.
This is a game we’re in and we have to win it.”
The Pelicans had won eight of nine before the loss in Atlanta, and have now dropped nine of their past 10.
They’re 2-11 against teams with winning records, and Davis had three points and three assists in his team-leading 28 minutes.
The Pelicans, who will play the Minnesota Lynx for Game 3 on Wednesday, have a 1-4 record when leading at halftime of their games, and a 4-1 mark when trailing at the half.
They’ve lost six of their last seven road games, dating back to the 2016-17 season.
They were the NBA’s worst team on the road last season, dropping 17 of their final 24.
The game was the third time in four games that the Pelicans had at least 15 points from their bench, and the first time since Nov. 3 that the team has had fewer than 10 from the bench.
New Orleans, which has won six of eight, is 1-1 in the second half, though Davis had 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting in the fourth quarter.