After yesterday's 126-121 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the New Orleans Pelicans now hold the second-worst record in the Western Conference at 17-22 on the season.
It was the team's seventh loss in their past nine games and star big man Anthony Davis, who posted 34 points, 26 rebounds and three blocks, expressed his frustrations post-game as the team fell to 4-16 on the road.
"We're a better team than our record shows. Everyone is frustrated. Players, coaches, front office. We've just got to do better," Davis said, via ESPN's Ian Begley.
Despite boasting two All-NBA first team defenders in Davis and Jrue Holiday, the Pelicans as a team have struggled on that side of the floor, sitting 26th in the league in defensive rating, giving up 112.1 points per 100 possessions.
"We wasn't playing no defence. The whole first half, they did whatever they wanted," Davis added. They didn't feel us on the defensive end. We wasn't physical, wasn't talking. They got a lot layups, a lot of open threes. They shot the ball extremely well in the first half due to our lazy defence."
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New Orleans has had their share of injuries during the losing run, as Elfrid Payton recently returned from a broken finger that kept him out for a month, while forward Nikola Mirotic is currently sidelined with a right ankle injury. With limited production from their bench, the Pelicans are desperate to get healthy and get themselves back in the playoff race.
"We know what we did last year. We know how good of a team we are this year," said Davis. "We just got (Payton) back, and then we have Niko out; we can't stay healthy. We still have to go out there and prove it. We just can't feel sorry for ourselves."
With six of their next eight games on the road, the Pelicans have to find some wins away from home as they look to build some momentum ahead of the All-Star break while the Western Conference race remains as competitive as ever.