New Orleans is rapidly collapsing.

The New Orleans Pelicans lost 106-128 in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season New York Knicks held at Madison Square Garden in New York on the 26th (hereinafter Korean time).

In fact, the game ended in the first quarter.

New Orleans showed a lethargic appearance by allowing opposing ace Julius Randle 16 points, including 4 3-pointers, in the first quarter alone. The first quarter score was 26-42. As a result, New Orleans once gave up a 32-point lead and suffered a wire-to-wire loss without holding a single lead throughout the game.

The overall sluggishness of the starting players also held back New Orleans. Backcourt duo CJ McCallum and Josh Richardson bowed their heads with a combined air-to-air margin of -59. Ace Brandon Ingram only had a field goal success rate of 31.8% (7/22). His offensive margin also reached -23. 메이저사이트

New Orleans manager Willie Green said, “We need to get better. The players need to play harder. I need to take responsibility myself. Tonight’s play was not up to standard.” reviewed the game.

New Orleans has established itself as a dark horse by proudly placing its name at the top of the Western Conference until the beginning and middle of the season. However, New Orleans began to falter when key big man Zion Williamson left due to injury.

Zion was flying fast this season, averaging 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists, with a field goal success rate of 60.8%. However, he could not shake off the injured evil spirit that came to him again. After suffering a hamstring injury, Zion missed the All-Star Game and had to focus on his rehabilitation.

With Zion out, New Orleans lost momentum. Ingram, who came back from injury, fought hard, but there was a limit.

New Orleans, which was consistent with poor performance, eventually fell to 10th place in the Western Conference with a record of 30 wins and 31 losses as of the 26th. Even the 50% win rate collapsed.

The consolation thing is that New Orleans’ second half schedule isn’t bad. New Orleans is set to face off against teams at the bottom of the East and West. Zion is also scheduled to return in the early to mid-3.

It remains to be seen whether New Orleans can overcome the crisis and raise the rankings again.

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