Zion comes and the pelicans reach their climax just in time.
Before Zion Williamson's expected NBA debut on Wednesday, the pelicans started to rage early by setting a franchise record of 21 three-point points on Monday night to a 126:11 win over the Grizzlies.
Just a month ago, the pelicans set a false franchise record when they lost their 13th consecutive game to 6-22. But they have now won 11 out of 16 and will meet Williamson's arrival on Wednesday against the Spurs, who play their best basketball of the season.
"Definitely," said Lonzo Ball. "I mean, it's a lot better than the 13 we had and is moving in the right direction."
Williamson was the best-known pelican rehab player after knee surgery in October due to a meniscal tear. However, Derrick Favors and Jrue Holiday were recently injured.
The ball is also fully healthy after an early adductor load. In the last 15 games, the Guard scored an average of 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the third year.
"I think the pace of the game is great and Lonzo has done a great job," said coach Alvin Gentry. "I think we can find the right people at the right time and I think our defense is really solid."
Holiday returned with a bang on Monday, shooting 7-for-10 out of 3 and scoring 36 points.
"You see how well the team did and how they fought and how good teams and how well they played," said Holiday. "I just wanted to get out with them. The performance I had was just juice and I think I just had the hot hand. "
But her next return will be the biggest if Williamson is on trial Wednesday night out of season after knee surgery, even if he only has a few minutes.
"It will be sold out," said Brandon Ingram. "Every single night. If you see Zion playing, it will be sold out."