Anthony Davis: ‘Everyone Is Frustrated’ by Pelicans’ Early-Season Struggles

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Anthony Davis: ‘Everyone Is Frustrated’ by Pelicans’ Early-Season Struggles
BROOKLYN, NY - JANUARY 2:  Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets on January 2, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis had 34 points, 26 rebounds and three blocks against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday evening.

Somehow, the Pels still lost.

The Nets scored 73 first-half points en route to a 126-121 win. Brooklyn led by 18 heading into the fourth before holding on.

Afterward, Davis expressed his frustrations. “We’re a better team than our record shows,” he said per Ian Begley of ESPN.com. “Everyone is frustrated. Players, coaches, front office. We’ve just got to do better.”

Davis also referenced the team’s poor defensive effort:

“We wasn’t playing no defense. The whole first half, they did whatever they wanted. They didn’t feel us on the defensive end. We wasn’t physical, wasn’t talking. They got a lot layups, a lot of open threes. They shot the ball extremely well in the first half due to our lazy defense.”

The 17-22 Pels, who are now 14th in the Western Conference, were No. 26 in the NBA in defensive efficiency entering Wednesday.

        

This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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