Five things to know on Day 10 in Las Vegas
1) After sorting through a complicated combination of tiebreakers and scenarios, the Pelicans learned late Tuesday night that they’ll open the tournament portion of NBA Summer League today vs. Denver (5 p.m. Central time on NBA TV). New Orleans is the No. 11 seed and the only team with a 2-1 record in pool play to not receive a first-round bye. The Pelicans managed to finish seventh in a seven-way tie, pushing them down to 11th overall. The Nuggets are the 22nd and last-seeded team in the tournament, after going 0-3 and losing by an average of 18.0 points. If the Pelicans win Wednesday vs. the Nuggets, they will play Thursday at 5 p.m. Central against sixth-seeded Toronto on NBA TV. A loss Wednesday would push the Pelicans into the loser’s bracket and mean their game schedule in Las Vegas would conclude Friday with a 3 p.m. Central consolation tilt on NBA TV.
2) As John DeShazier points out, the Pelicans didn’t receive as much national attention as some of the NBA’s other busy teams this summer, but “no franchise did any more moving and shaking in personnel.”
3) In another in-depth look at New Orleans’ news-making offseason thus far, listen to this hour-long Pelicans Radio Network special, featuring interviews with Dell Demps, Monty Williams, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, Jeff Withey, Pierre Jackson and more.
4) In case you missed it, here’s the complete video of the Jrue Holiday press conference in New Orleans.
5) In community news, the Pelicans and the Louisiana Legislators’ Charity Fund recently refurbished a basketball court in Lafayette.