Jul 12

Game Recap: Pelicans 110, Heat 84

The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Miami Heat, 110-84, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Saturday.
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The fact that New Orleans won all four individual quarters shows just how lopsided this game was, as Miami trailed by 31 points at times in the fourth quarter. The second quarter is where the Pelicans made separation, outscoring the Heat 30-15. New Orleans’ offense was unstoppable, as they connected on 58 percent from the field and 50 percent from long http://www.broncosshopfootball.com/29-bradley-roby-super-bowl-jersey.html range. They held Miami to just 42 percent from the field and 26 percent from Bradley Roby Authentic Jersey long range. Ball movement was a huge part of that, with the Pelicans out-assisting the Heat, 24-15.

George is betting on evolution. He’s betting on growth from Westbrook. He’s betting Presti has a few more magic levers to pull. But with the contract not being a one-plus-one — or even two-plus-one, like many expected — George is relieving some of the roaring pressure that has been in OKC the past four years. Every season and summer has been full of questions about a star dumping them or it all falling apart in their face. Now, both the franchise and the entire state can exhale. They can dock their boat in the harbor and, at least for a few years, enjoy a roster built on Westbrook, George and Steven Adams.

The Thunder’s trade for George was a bet on themselves, an all-in move that placed a wager on the culture and values of the organization. They believed they could sell George on staying because they were confident in what he was walking into. The infrastructure, the attention to detail, the first-class nature of everything — they knew what it would take in Oklahoma City.

But with a star player such as Westbrook, a Charles Harris Jersey committed ownership group and a front office willing to take risks, George basically spent the season being impressed. It started with a whole other party — the Thunder are really into parties, apparently — the day after George officially arrived in OKC last July. With an intricate, choreographed plan to knock George’s socks off, the Thunder hit the ground running with their recruitment at his welcome party.

It continued throughout http://www.dolphinsauthenticshop.com/Authentic-Charles-Harris-Jersey the season, with the feeling building as early as training camp that OKC could be a place George actually might stay long term. It always felt far-fetched, some niceties being said in front of microphones, but once actual free agency opened, all that talk would be just that. George didn’t have any control over the fact the Thunder traded for him; he would have control over his free agency.

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