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The Pelicans started the season strong, winning their first four games. Reality may have struck because they have lost their last four - giving them a 4-and-4 record. And Anthony Davis may be realizing his plight.


Davis isn't playing the Lone Ranger out there on the court, but his sidekicks, Jrue Holiday, Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic just may not suffice to challenge for a Championship. And it appears The Brow knows it.


Davis is having a great season, but he apparently believes that if he doesn't play a near-perfect game, his team will lose. He seems to feel, perhaps rightly, that he just doesn't have enough help (per Yahoo Sports Chris Haynes):

“Of course, I know that in order to win games, a lot of pressure is going to be on me,” Davis told Yahoo Sports while sitting at his locker stall Wednesday night. “If we lose, it’s on me. If we win, they give my team the credit and I’m fine with that.

“A perfect example [was against the Warriors]. I don’t have a good game and we lose. So, I got to play almost perfect every night to give us a chance to win. But my teammates do a great job. Even the games I didn’t play, those guys have been battling night in and night out to get victories. … I don’t try to put too much pressure on myself, but I know it’s there.”

For the 4-game losing streak, Davis did not play in three of them due to injury. The Celtics Danny Ainge is not about to give up the farm for any star, but he would be remiss to not at least listen to any propositions that are presented.

Even not including Jayson Tatum in any potential deal, Boston still has the pieces to get something done with the Pelicans. The only question is, would Ainge do it. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward seem to be leaving their injuries in the dust and are looking healthy. The Celtics still have trouble getting their offense in full gear, but the win against the previously-undefeated Bucks was revealing. This Celtics team can be great just as it is. But Danny will still listen to any murmurs of discontentment among the stars.

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Tom Lane 11/03/2018 04:29:00 PM Edit
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