Behind the Numbers presented by Entergy: Pelicans at Warriors (5/14/21)

A look at three key numbers related to Friday’s game at Chase Center between New Orleans and Golden State (8:30 p.m. Central, Bally Sports New Orleans, ESPN, ESPN Radio New Orleans 100.3 FM):

8, 620: Naji Marshall minutes played for New Orleans prior to the 2021 All-Star break, followed by his allotment following the midseason hiatus. The rookie from Xavier (Ohio) is one of numerous examples of New Orleans young players getting a much greater opportunity to contribute during the latter portion of the 2020-21 schedule, partly as a result of midseason roster changes and recent injuries within the starting lineup. Marshall’s post-break uptick in playing time is the most dramatic illustration of that development, but fellow rookie Kira Lewis Jr. is another, having gone from 273 minutes in the first half of the season to 577 since mid-March. Jaxson Hayes has gone from 311 to 609, while fellow second-year frontcourt player Wenyen Gabriel jumped from 12 to 178. Even second-year guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker – who was sidelined by injury for more than a month of the second half of this season – has nearly played as many post-break minutes as he did beforehand. Alexander-Walker logged 495 minutes prior to All-Star, compared to 435 since, giving him a realistic chance to surpass his first-half tally during the final two games of 2020-21 this weekend.

0: Currently in eighth place in the Western Conference standings, based on a quirk…

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