Here we go again.
It was only two months ago that the entire league was singing the Pelicans’ praises as the hottest team in the Western Conference on their way to occupying the No.1 seed.
New Orleans had gone 12-3 over a 15-game stretch – including a seven-game winning streak and back-to-back statement wins over the Phoenix Suns – while also being the only team in the NBA to rank in the top six in both offensive (sixth) and defensive (third) rating, to emerge as a shock title contender.
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A big reason for the Pelicans charge up the NBA pecking order was the MVP-level play of their finally-healthy superstar Zion Williamson, who averaged 30 points on 66% shooting, 9.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists over their…