Pelicans’ meltdown vs. Suns left Alvin Gentry trying to explain bizarre sequence | NBA
Alvin Gentry claimed the Pelicans’ overtime loss Saturday to the Suns was his fault, but, really, it took a team to lose the way New Orleans did.
Gentry and his men committed three brain locks in rapid succession to blow a three-point lead in the final seven seconds. Rather than recite the list, here’s the damning video evidence:
So, uh, this is how Suns-Pelicans ended in OT. Just stupendous tanking. pic.twitter.com/AWhH8iHVrT
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) March 17, 2019
If you’re reading on after watching the video, here’s the review: a five-second violation, a foul-or-defend failure and a game-losing technical foul off an illegal timeout. Pelicans announcer Joel Meyers’ “Why didn’t they foul?” on Josh Jackson’s game-tying 3 was as much of a primal scream as a play-by-play call.
Gentry tried to “take the hit” for all of it.
“I called it. That was my mistake. It was on me,” he said of asking for a TO when New Orleans had none. Pels guard Elfrid Payton, however, said (per Nola.com) that the players knew after the five-second call that they had no timeouts. They weren’t aware before then, though.
As for Jackson’s tying 3, Gentry started his explanation with, “Just miscommunication.”
You know who didn’t miscommunicate? NBA Twitter:
This ending gets its own wing in the Shaqtin Hall of Fame. Bravo, Pelicans. Thanks for showing us a brand new way to fail. https://t.co/CIRrSu9InF
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 17, 2019
Chris Webber on the pelicans? https://t.co/uLR0bGrlVT
— ☣Bio☣ (@Bio2k_) March 17, 2019
Pelicans season in a nutshell 😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/4Lcoi28GPo
— Khalid (@southdistrict00) March 17, 2019
If you had the Pelicans ML tonight go ahead and retire from betting. Unbelievable.
— BeatinTheBookie.com™ (@BeatinTheBookie) March 17, 2019
There’s no way the Pelicans didn’t try to intentionally lose this game. Especially considering Phx is another western conference team with bad record. https://t.co/RoRxOlUVK6
— Nick Peppe (@nickpeppe_) March 17, 2019
Phone rings in New Orleans. Hello hi NBA commish here tank u get Zion Pelicans hang up . Coach the tank is on . This play ensues 😂
— Josh Claus (@claus_josh) March 17, 2019
Don’t know about the tanking accusations: As badly as the Pels (30-42) screwed up the ending, they aren’t close to being at the bottom of the league. The better conspiratorial take is that the Suns (17-54) should have regrets about tying the game and forcing the timeout error.