Pelicans arrive in Dallas lower than 7 hours earlier than dealing with Mavericks attributable to climate points

The latest winter climate that accosted Texas has upended a part of the NBA’s schedule, and the New Orleans Pelicans are experiencing what that is like first hand.

The Pels, who misplaced to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, are scheduled to face the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday evening at 8:30 p.m. EST. Nonetheless, as a result of climate, they weren’t capable of fly out of Denver till early Thursday. The wheels of their airplane touched down round 1:40 p.m. EST, which means they’d lower than seven hours to prepare for the the sport.

A minimum of two Pelicans gamers have been annoyed sufficient to tweet about their ongoing journey drama. C.J. McCollum appeared lower than thrilled in his tweet, whereas Larry Nance Jr.‘s tweet appeared like a not-so-subtle cry for assist as a result of the buses weren’t there to satisfy the staff after they disembarked.

In comparison with what the Pelicans are going via, the Detroit Pistons received off straightforward. Their sport in opposition to the Washington Wizards, which was alleged to happen on Thursday, was postponed to a later date as a result of they have been stranded in Dallas after enjoying the Mavericks. The Pels, nonetheless, will simply should suck it up and deal.

This example shouldn’t be an ideal one for the Pelicans. With such a short while to prep for the sport (to not point out the accompanying stress and disruption to sleeping and consuming schedules), the staff hasn’t precisely been set as much as win. Although not successful is one thing Pelicans followers have gotten used to during the last two weeks. They’re within the midst of a nine-game shedding streak that has dropped them to 26-26 on the season, and so they’re 3-13 in 2023.

Pelicans want journey suggestions from WNBA gamers

Whereas the Pelicans (or McCollum and Nance, a minimum of) are seemingly careworn about their transportation scenario, they’re unwittingly spending a day in a WNBA participant’s footwear. As a result of iffy transportation is a part of the expertise of being a WNBA participant.

WNBA groups are required to fly industrial as a substitute of on a personal airplane, so gamers are actually on the mercy of main airways. They’ve spent nights in airports attributable to cancelled flights, pushed on buses in any respect hours of the day and evening to make it to their subsequent vacation spot, and needed to prep for a sport after arriving just some hours earlier than tip-off. W gamers are effectively versed in inconvenient journey, so perhaps they will cross on some recommendation to their NBA brethren for the subsequent time they inevitably get weather-stranded away from residence.

New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum argues after being known as for a foul within the second half of an NBA basketball sport in opposition to the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photograph/David Zalubowski)

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