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Gentry: Pels need less turnovers, more Holiday

Mark Menard
November 13, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Don't look now but the Pelicans may be improving, albeit in baby steps.

The Pelicans made a huge dent in their turnover numbers in their last outing Monday night. While they still lost to the Rockets, they protected the ball much better than they had in previous games, and Coach Alvin Gentry says if they continue to improve in that aspect, they'll be in better position to start loading up on victories.

"I thought we did a great job in the second half," Gentry said. "I think we ended up with three turnovers in the second half. The big thing for me is that, when we do that, we had four or five great looks down the stretch that we just didn't get in the basket. Those are the ones we're gonna make. So if we can eliminate the turnovers and then have those extra possessions, I think we'll be fine."

Another issue the Pelicans have been dealing with has been the slow start to the season for veteran guard Jrue Holiday, whose numbers offensively have been way down. But Gentry says he's not worried about Holiday's early season slump.

"He's going through a tough time right now," Gentry said. "I'm not worried about Jrue. He will find his way. He's done it every year that I've been here."

Gentry said Holiday's biggest issue is being too generous with the basketball.

"Jrue is so conscientious about everything that he's feeling right now that he needs to get everybody involved," Gentry said. "And we had a talk about that today. I just need him to be Jrue. We'll get it figured out, the other things."

The Pelicans have one more night off. They're back on the floor tomorrow night in the Smoothie King Center to host the Los Angeles Clippers.

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