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Why Are the Pelicans Playing So Far Below Their Potential This Season?

Plus, the Lakers’ win over the Bucks, the surprisingly effective Knicks, and the bizarre exchange between Shaq and Donovan Mitchell

New Orleans Pelicans v Utah Jazz Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images


Chris and Kevin get into the most interesting games of the week, starting with the Lakers’ lackadaisical win over the not-quite-complete Bucks (0:45). Then they get into Tom Thibodeau’s continually surprising positive effect on the Knicks after a win over the Warriors (18:35), the difference in development between RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson, and the Pelicans’ struggles this season (30:00). Finally, they get into the generally unremarked-upon success of the Utah Jazz and Shaq’s bizarre interaction with Donovan Mitchell after their win over the Pelicans (44:00), and the late-night trade of Kevin Porter Jr. from the Cavaliers to the Rockets for a protected second-round pick (54:00).

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