Terrence Jones being waived by Pelicans

Terrence Jones being waived by Pelicans

The departure of Buddy Hield (previous starting shooting guard), Tyreke Evans (previous reserve point guard), and Langston Galloway (bench mortar specialist) means there are plenty of minutes available beside Jrue Holiday while the arrival of DeMarcus Cousins will drain numerous minutes formerly used by Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas.

The crowd was rocking at tip-off to celebrate Boogie's first game in NOLA, and he quickly gave them something to cheer about with the first basket of the game. It's not going to happen overnight. "Probably not, but the potential is scary!"

New team, same result for DeMarcus Cousins.

Incidentally, the only other player to post at least 27 points, 14 boards, five dimes and five steals in a game this season is Davis, who dropped a team-high 29 points against the Rockets.

Harden was scoring the ball the best of the season prior the All-Star break, tallying 25 or more points in each of his seven February games. Luckily for the Pelicans though, they still have a "floor general" in Holiday, who is known as one of the league's best pure point guards, when he is at his best of course.

The Rockets have a new weapon themselves, and though it's not exactly on the same level as adding Boogie, I'm excited to see what Lou Willians brings to the table. Heading into the unofficial second half of the season, the Pelicans are 2.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the No. 8 seed in the west.

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The key with Cousins is how he manages his on-court disposition. Unfortunately for Olajuwon, Sampson moved on from Houston, making Hakeem the starting centre and the "go to" man inside. "It's good to see A.D. get somebody else down there to get into the trenches with him", Durant said.

"That was a pretty decent introduction, I would say", Williams said.

Still, Cousins said he was not averse to trying harder to reign in his emotions - a little.

This highlights the fact that the Pelicans have primarily had issues in their frontcourt, so adding Cousins to the mix does not address that problem at all. "I have to remain myself". He's a ball player, so I knew that he'd be OK. "That's what makes me the player that I am, but I do have to find that fine line". New Orleans's non-big starters - Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, and Solomon Hill - scored 15 points on 22 shots, going 1-for-11 from 3.

"I thought [Cousins] did some good things", said Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry. "Just a lot of mixed emotions".