The Pelicans ended their season with a whimper on Sunday against the Lakers, dropping their fourth straight game to close the regular season, 110-98.
While the Pelicans did well to keep the score respectable throughout, the Lakers led wire-to-wire on the night with the lead peaking at 15 points.
With their playoff fate still up in the air, the Lakers fielded a full-strength lineup featuring LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder, three players that have missed time in the second half of the season. That trio combined for 52 points despite only Davis playing 30 minutes on the night.
Willy Hernangomez had 19 points, Naji Marshall added 18 and Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 14.
The Good: Going down with a fight
It was ultimately a disappointing season for the Pelicans, but they went down with a fight not just on Sunday but in their final four games. Only the Dallas game was a blowout in that stretch with New Orleans showing valiant efforts in each of those losses. It’s a sour note to end the year on but there were small positives still to take away.
The Bad: Jaxson Hayes‘ injury
The worst case scenario may have played out on Sunday as Jaxson Hayes looked to have injured his knee late in the fourth quarter. After driving at Marc Gasol, Hayes was fouled in mid-air and landed awkwardly onto the floor. The big man had to be helped off the court without putting any weight on his right leg. James Johnson appeared to have a similar injury on Friday but came back and played on Sunday. Hopefully, it’s a similar fate for Hayes.
Lonzo Ball: Out
Ball, along with Brandon Ingram, Steven Adams, Josh Hart and Zion Williamson, all missed the final game of the season.